Strengths Coaching Blog

Friday, June 24, 2016

[S2 Ideation] Are All Ideas Good?

On this Theme Thursday Season Two webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Gallup Advanced Learning and Development Consultant discussed the theme of Ideation.

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People with Ideation are fascinated with ideas. Their creativity can generate brand new, original notions. They can also see the connection between two existing things, when no one else can see it. It is a spontaneous creativity with a natural sense of innovation that defies conventional thinking.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

It's Time to Lay Performance Reviews to Rest

by John Vincent

Traditional performance reviews need to be laid to rest. Active performance management is the way of the future, something we must understand and embrace. A shift from focusing on what is wrong to focusing on what is strong has the potential to radically change how we talk about development. But how do we put it into practice?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

[Recap] How Strengths Engage Students Online and in the Classroom

On a recent Called to Coach: Australia/Singapore Edition, we spoke with Jock Boyd and Jack Iveson of Your Edge/Think Education.

Your Edge began as a gamble in the education realm. In fact, Jack -- who normally agrees to any challenge without much thought -- had to consider whether the pilot program of Your Edge would be worth his time in the short three weeks he and Jock had to launch it. Together, Jack and Jock plunged in and had three hectic weeks: setting up a dynamic website, recruiting their cohort of students for the pilot and getting three people through Gallup strengths coaching courses. They didn't know if they would make it, but as they explained, "They told us we could fail and that was important." The idea that they could fail at launching this pilot program gave Jack and Jock permission to be creative in designing and launching Your Edge. 

But, they didn't fail. Your Edge was a hit with its first two cohorts during the pilot phase. One thing that bound students to the program was the Clifton StrengthsFinder. Jack explained, "It gave them a shared language and coaching on their strengths allowed the students to form a community." CliftonStrengths were particularly successful for students participating in Your Edge online. Jack and Jock explained that because those students don't congregate in a physical space, the need to engage them with their peers is imperative. CliftonStrengths gave those online students the tools to discuss "...who they are and what made them tick and they started to open up to one another." 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

[GWSW] Includer: Bringing Others In

Includers are sensitive to those who are excluded and have an innate desire and capacity to bring them into the group. Their thoughtful approach to others not only increases participation and communication as they ensure everyone is considered, but it also brings a level of tolerance and acceptance of diversity.

Please register for our Includer webcast on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Download the Theme Thursday Companion Guide on Includer here to follow along with the show!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

To Innovate, Think Like an Entrepreneur

by Becky McCarville

The backbone of the economy rests on the creation of new businesses, and yet, not enough of them are starting or surviving. But a model of innovation and entrepreneurialism isn’t limited to just startups. Existing companies are scrambling to find new growth platforms. How can existing companies increase profits and find new customers?

Entrepreneurial talents are playing an increasing role in these existing and well-established firms to find new avenues of growth. Identifying the inherent talents of a company’s employees -- and maximizing those who possess entrepreneurial qualities -- can help businesses push past the status quo.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

[S2 Futuristic] A Catalyst to New Heights

On this Theme Thursday Season Two webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Gallup Advanced Learning and Development Consultant discussed the theme of Futuristic.

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Futuristic inspires today by seeing tomorrow. It is a strategic thinking theme and it’s imaginative, but not like Ideation. It’s imagining what the future can be with a timeline. It drives you past today and creates excitement about the future. It avoids the paralysis of the analysis of the now, to inspire with visions of the future. When the present fills like quick sand to some people, those with Futuristic don’t get sucked in because they know where they are going.

Futuristic has the power and edge to lead others to new heights. Their emotional anticipation and visualization of what the future can be can inspires themselves or others to make their plan a reality. People with futuristic can be a catalyst in conversation and in groups, helping groups see farther than what they would normally think.