Strengths Coaching Blog

Friday, August 29, 2014

Inc.: Inside the Mind of the Entrepreneur

Groundbreaking new research shows what sets Inc. 500 CEOs apart from the pack.
Gallup was pleased to take part in some exciting new research in partnership with Inc. magazine to offer Gallup’s Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder assessment to the latest cadre of America’s fastest-growing private companies. A few excerpts from an in-depth article that appears in the September 2014 issue are below. We invite you to read the full text of the article on the Inc. website. In addition, Inc. profiled 10 successful entrepreneurs from the 2014 Inc. 500 who each are the best of the best in one of the 10 talents. Read their stories.
Imagine the U.S. economy as a somber, gray landscape. Now scan it with a thermal imaging device. See those vibrant green lights indicating heat? That's the Inc. 500.
We invited our 2014 Inc. 500 leaders to complete the Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder assessment. One hundred fifty-five did so. Gallup then compared the results with those from a national sample of close to 2,700 entrepreneurs. In every dimension, the Inc. 500 leaders scored higher. In some cases, Everest-versus-Rushmore higher.
Gallup's chairman and CEO, Jim Clifton, contends that the United States invests too much attention and too many resources in innovation, and not enough in "the real source of economic energy, which is the unusually talented entrepreneur who is able to create a customer." He thinks the assessment can help identify people with entrepreneurial strengths so they can be encouraged and developed. That the assessment clocked the country's highest-performing entrepreneurs as the country's most talented entrepreneurs suggests he may be right.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Recap -- Theme Thursday: Arranger

(Aug. 14, 2014)

On the last Theme Thursday, we discussed the Arranger theme with Gallup Learning and Development Consultant, Mara Hoogerhuis. Mara’s top five strengths are Strategic, Maximizer, Relator, Responsibility, and Arranger. 





Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Called to Coach Recap – Southeast Asia Edition: Rita Chan
(Aug. 12, 2014)

On the latest Called to Coach: Southeast Asia Edition, we spoke with Rita Chan, one of the first Gallup-Certified Strengths Coaches in Hong Kong. Rita has a passion for interacting with individuals and teams to maximize their development and productivity. She empowers people to live passionately by helping them discover their innate talents.




Friday, August 15, 2014

Gallup Courses Approved by ICF and HRCI

Attention coaches, managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs! Gallup is now approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as an approved coaching specific training hours (ACSTH) provider, and also by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), which is the arm of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) that issues credentials.
Why is this important? 
Participants in Gallup courses can now obtain hours toward credentials and recertification. For ICF, you can receive hours toward an ACC, PCC, or MCC credential, and for HRCI, you can receive continuing education hours toward recertification of a professional HR designation.
Who benefits?
Coaches and HR Professionals -- if you’re looking to obtain a credential with ICF or recertify an existing designation with HRCI, you can accomplish both by participating in Gallup’s public programs.
Corporate Training -- employees from other organizations who enroll in Gallup programs will receive an added benefit of receiving hours toward their professional credentials and certifications with ICF and HRCI, without having to spend extra time outside of work. Talk about employee engagement!
Entrepreneurs -- what better way to gain credibility than joining a terrific program that is approved by two of the largest credential-issuing bodies in the coaching and human resources industry? Not to mention, this is a terrific networking opportunity to grow your business and learn about exciting topics.
Below is a table that outlines the number of hours you will receive toward credentials and/or recertification with ICF and HRCI, respectively.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Called to Coach Recap: Keith Baldwin
(Aug. 8, 2014)

On the latest episode of Called to Coach, we hosted Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Keith Baldwin. Keith’s coaching philosophy focuses on employee engagement, and helping clients understand that they cannot reach their desired levels of success unless they first create an emotionally engaged workforce.




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Varsity Management: A Formula for Maximizing Potential in People

By Jeannie Ruhlman, Senior Practice Consultant, Gallup

Many years ago someone asked Don Clifton, “So just exactly how does a person go about turning talent into outcomes? Do you just need to identify what it is they do well?” If only it were as simple as identifying strengths and talents to unlock human potential. Knowing what a person is naturally good at and positioning them to leverage those strengths and talents is a critical first step, indeed. But this is only the first installment of a lifetime investment. People don’t really develop in a vacuum, do they? We only truly develop in response to another human being.  

As Don’s conversation unfolded that day, he encouraged people to consider the opportunity to leverage talent as an equation, and so what is now called the “Varsity Management Formula” was born: 

                  Talent x (Relationship + Expectation + Rewards/Recognition) = Per Person Productivity
Or,
T (R + E + R/R) = P3®