Strengths Coaching Blog

Friday, July 24, 2015

[Recap] Speaking with the Founder of Godfather's Pizza, Willy Theisen

On a recent Called to Coach we spoke with the founder of Godfather's pizza and a world-renowned entrepreneur, Willy Theisen.

Gallup's goal is to have one billion people take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment so they  know and understand their Strengths. That goal will only be reached by partnering with successful businessmen like Willy Theisen. Willy is first and foremost an entrepreneur. He began working in frontline jobs -- like being a fry cook -- with an astounding work ethic. He was willing to work weekends at a real estate job when no one else would. Willy said all good entrepreneurs pay attention to the "small stuff" and make sure that all details of a business are perfect.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

[Recap] Maximize Strengths, Minimize Weaknesses

On a recent Called to Coach: Australia Edition we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Jill Rowe.

Jill sees her own top five strengths as working in groups of two: Responsibility and Belief, and Harmony and Individualization. Jill's Responsibility and Belief drive her to serve others. Still, she has to keep these strengths top-of-mind so she does not help other who don't request help. With her Harmony and Individualization, Jill is able to confront conflict in a calm and collaborative fashion because she understands each person's needs and desires. She is able to build a strong consensus among divided groups in a calm manner. Finally, Jill's Connectedness allows her to draw many people and ideas together so they form a cohesive team or thought, as long as she is armed with enough information to draw those groups together.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

StrengthsFinder and EP10: A Tale of Two Startups

By Maureen Electa Monte, Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach

As strengths coaches, we know we get more by focusing on what is already within someone than on what is lacking. There is no dream sequence of themes or combination of talents that magically predicts success. This notion is true no matter the challenge. As a coach of entrepreneurs, I have discovered this reality first-hand. It is not our specific talents that make us successful, but how we use those talents in our business ventures. I work closely with two entrepreneurs, April McCrumb and John McDonald. Both have experienced phenomenal growth, received multiple awards and are highly regarded in their home states. To better understand how their talents led them to success, let’s take a closer look at their unique profiles.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

[Recap] Strengths, Emotional Intelligence and "Appreciation Rooms"

 On a recent episode of Called to Coach, we hosted Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Dallis Fontenot.

Dallis is a Corporate Development Manager with a medium-sized construction firm in Idaho that employs approximately 270 people. Dallis likes to say, "I build the people at my company, who then build things." Dallis always felt a yearning to counsel others and began to feed that need by fastidiously studying Strengths through Gallup books and videos. She took the leap in January of 2014 and became a Gallup-Certified Strengths coach. Dallis uses her coaching skills at work, at home and in her community. She has conducted over 15 Discover Your Strengths workshops in her area.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Can I Use StrengthsFinder to Make Hiring Decisions?

By Louisa Warren, Senior Practice Consultant, Gallup

Wouldn’t life be simple if we could just treat the Clifton StrengthsFinder as a wonderful menu, from which to pick and choose our new recruits -- to work with, to be our friends or even our life partners? Surely it would be better to have a “reading” of someone’s strengths before we take a risk on getting to know them? Well, yes, it would -- but there are serious and dangerous pitfalls if we mistakenly use the Clifton StrengthsFinder as a selection tool. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Uncovering Background Information Through Context

On a previous Theme Thursday live webcast, we discussed the Context theme with Gallup Learning Solutions Consultant Jerry Hansen. Jerry’s top five strengths are Maximizer, Context, Input, Learner and Achiever.

Perspective and background are important for people with strong Context talents. They value the retrospective viewpoint because they believe that is where the answers lie. They look back to understand the present. From the past, they can discern blueprints for direction. And, counterintuitively, they become wiser about the future because they can see its seeds sown in the past.