Strengths Coaching Blog

Friday, September 30, 2016

[Recap] 2016 CliftonStrengths Summit Series -- The Spark That Started a Thriving Church Community

On a recent Called to Coach: CliftonStrengths Summit 2016 Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Stephanie Moore. These webcasts will highlight some of the best and most popular sessions from the CliftonStrengths Summit.

Stephanie Moore is a co-director with Catholic Life and Faith, a partner with Bridges Leadership development process and a founding member of Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community.  Stephanie led a session at the 2016 CliftonStrengths Summit on being a steward of your strengths. Stephanie asked Father Bill Hanson to join her on this episode of Called to Coach to share his story that led to Stephanie’s learnings about CliftonStrengths. Father Bill Hanson is pastor at St. Gerad Majella in Port Jefferson Station, NY. He was first introduced to strengths in 2002 when invited to a Gallup conference to learn about congregational engagement. At the time, Father Bill’s congregation was wondering why new people weren’t joining the church and why the members weren’t staying or getting involved.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Right Strengths for a Manager

By Maika Leibbrandt 

After she read her full 34, it all made sense. No wonder this new role was killing her. She just didn’t have the right strengths to manage people…or so she thought.

Layla was a successful engineer. Leading with Intellection, Strategic and Responsibility, she could think deeply about a problem and work tirelessly toward a solution. But her recent promotion to people manager left her feeling directionless. Discovering Discipline and Command to be lesser themes gave her a language to describe what she felt she lacked, but desperately needed.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

[Recap] From the Locker Room to the Conference Room

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Maureen Electa Monte. 

Maureen Electa Monte was first introduced to strengths in a leadership class in 2006. She immediately started using strengths with her own grad students, with a focus on teams. She recently authored the book “Destination Unstoppable”, which discusses a model for leading, accelerating and fully harnessing the talent on a team. She is able to ignite the chemistry on teams by helping them understand their own and each teammate’s CliftonStrengths. Providing a renewed energy and optimism. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

[GWSW] Significance: Champion, Change Agent and Advocate

People with strong Significance talents want others to see their worth. They want to be recognized, heard and valued. Particularly, they want to be known and appreciated for the unique strengths they bring. They seek to have an impact on people, groups and society as a whole. They want their contributions viewed as substantial, powerful and significant. They are motivated by their intense yearning to be recognized, and as a result, they keep reaching. Their Significance theme pulls them upward, away from the mediocre and toward the exceptional. People with significance are lead by a desire to leave a legacy. They want to be seen and noticed for meaningful work. They are attracted to evidence-based work. People with strong significance can be described as a champion, a change agent or an advocate. 

Please register for our Significance Webcast on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Download the Companion Guide for our Significance webcast here to follow along with the show!

Friday, September 23, 2016

[Restorative S2] A Solution Mindset to Daily Problems

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 Restorative.

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People exceptionally strong in Restorative are adept at dealing with problems. They enjoy figuring out what is wrong and resolving it. Restorative wants to take something that’s broken and bring it back to its’ original glory. Strong restorative brings a solution mindset to daily problems, readily taking on problems others think can’t be solved. They analyze situations, identify shortcomings and make the necessary adjustments to resolve things. It is an executing theme, that says “I’m in the problem and I’m moving the problem towards a solution.” It has a forward progression to it.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

[Recap] Coaching the Unseen: The Johari Window

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

On this edition of Called to Coach, Dean discusses the Johari window. The Johari window is a technique used to help people better understand their relationship with themselves and others. The intent of the technique is to provide more self-awareness and to help people see their blind spots. Part of strengths coaching is exactly that, expanding people’s self-awareness to achieve breakthrough growth. The Johari window is also a great model to use on yourself as a strengths coach -- to think through your own development and blind spots.