Strengths Coaching Blog

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

[Recap] Self-Awareness and Strengths

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Lopamudra Das.

Since childhood, Lopamudra was interested in self-discovery. Despite this keen interest, Lopa often struggled to understand her behavior. Lopa was introduced to the Strengths movement a few years ago -- and learning about and understanding her strengths has made her journey to self-discovery easier and more meaningful. Lopa found catharsis in her self-awareness through strengths -- it has helped her be comfortable with her natural talents.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

[GWSW] Arranger: Bringing People, Processes and Productivity Together

Arrangers are conductors. When faced with a complex situation involving many factors, people with strong Arranger talents enjoy managing all of the variables, aligning and realigning them until they are sure they have arranged them in the most productive configuration possible. Those who have high Arranger talents work tirelessly to implement a solution. They get things done by orchestrating, organizing, and facilitating the work of others. Arrangers are people of multiplicity, thriving on bringing together people, processes, and products to build productivity.

Please register for our Arranger Webcast on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Please download the Theme Thursday Companion Guide for Arranger here to follow along with the show!

Friday, February 5, 2016

[Activator S2] Impatient is not a Bad Word

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 Activator.

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Activators are always thinking, "Let's get started. Let's go." They are impatient for action, but that impatience is not a negative thing. It represents Activators innate ability to energize and mobilize others to act. People talented in the Activator are comfortable with risk, as long as action is taken. Activators are catalysts -- they turn ideas into action. When other people share ideas, Activators are listening for openings in those ideas for action. Their energy can be engaging and contagious.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

[Recap] Strengths Develop Infinitely

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup's Talent Development Architect, Dean Jones.

Dean will be a guest on Gallup webcasts approximately every 6-8 weeks during 2016. He will discuss the concepts and constructs that exist behind Gallup learning courses. He hopes to address misconceptions about strengths-based developments and to ensure Gallup's research supports Gallup-Certified coaching practices.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Strengths Based Parenting: Know Your Children's Strengths

By Mary Reckmeyer, PhD, Author of Strengths Based Parenting, Available for Purchase here.

Everyone knows a kid like Tom.

Tom was the two-year-old who threw a temper tantrum just because. Maybe it was because his mother looked at him the wrong way or he wasn’t allowed to put the sugary cereal in the grocery cart, or he didn’t want to take a bath.

He became the eight-year-old who was afraid of dogs -- even really small ones. Later, he was the teenager who wouldn’t touch the gourmet meals his mom prepared and who thought fast-food burgers were the only food worth eating. He was the high school student who often found better things to do than attend all of his classes.

Tom’s issues are common -- but how much time and energy would you put into solving his “problems”?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

[GWSW] Analytical: Seeking an Objective Understanding of the World

Analytical seeks an objective understanding of the world from data and facts. If something isn't measurable, Analytical will try to make it measurable. People with Analytical seek the essence of a subject. They can easily identify patterns and root causes. Their mantra might be, "Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler."

On this Theme Thursday webcast, we discussed the Analytical theme with Nate Dvorak, Gallup Researcher in Predictive Analytics. Nate's top five strengths are Individualization, Strategic, Ideation, Futuristic and Analytical.

Please register for our Analytical Webcast on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Please download the Theme Thursday Companion Guide for Analytical here to follow along with the show!