Strengths Coaching Blog

Friday, May 27, 2016

When Strengths Coaching Gets Personal

By Vanessa Camilleri 

There often comes a moment in a strengths coaching session when the person on the other end of the line says something like, “Now that you mention it, I can see how my Activator must really frustrate my husband who is the ultimate procrastinator.” Or, “How am I going to manage being a new mom with Adaptability No. 34?!”

Bingo! We’ve just helped a client cross the line from thinking of strengths as a 9-to-5 phenomenon to a truly 24/7 one. It is in these moments that true integration of strengths begins. As a person acknowledges the presence of their strengths in every aspect of their lives, they will truly begin to own their strengths and make the most of the strengths they embody.  

Thursday, May 26, 2016

[Recap] Rolling Out Strengths in a Manufacturing Company

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Strengths Coach, Tony Aitken.

Tony Aitken’s manufacturing business, Synlait, has had huge amounts of growth over the past five years. As the Organisation Development Manager, Tony has sought out the help of Gallup and CliftonStrengths to help his company flourish during this time of hyper-growth.

Anne Lingafelter, a Gallup Learning Solutions Consultant in Syndey, asks Tony to share his journey to becoming a strengths-based organisation. She asks him, “How did you light the fire around strengths to get your organisation to take hold of all strengths has to offer?” and “What are the performance outcomes?”.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Meet Your Strengths Coach

Gallup's Strengths Evangelist, Paul Allen
by Becky McCarville

The strengths movement continues to soar. More than 14 million people have now taken Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder (CSF) assessment, and that number grows every day.

Gallup is developing technology to connect anyone who has taken CSF with a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. The technology will also allow users to connect with others who have taken the assessment, making strengths a social experience.

We recently talked with Paul Allen, Gallup’s Strengths Evangelist. Paul will be one of the speakers presenting at the
CliftonStrengths Summit, Gallup’s inaugural strengths coaching conference happening this summer in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

[Recap] CliftonStrengths Transform the U.S. Court System

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Beverly Griffeth Bryant.

Beverly began her journey to bring strengths to the court system 12 years ago. At that time, she had to do a lot of CliftonStrengths evangelizing because most of her colleagues were unaware of CliftonStrengths and the CliftonStrengthsFinder assessment. Over time, those colleagues became more aware of CliftonStrengths as the CliftonStrengths movement grew. In fact, when Beverly presents on strengths and how they enhance the judiciary at national conferences, she often has conference attendees who have taken CliftonStrengthsFinder, but have never applied their strengths to their workplace goals. Beverly teaches those judiciary employees to use their strengths to increase engagement and productivity and to be more fulfilled.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

[Futuristic S2]: A Vision for Tomorrow and Beyond

People talented in the Furturistic have the innate ability to envision clearly and inspirationally describe a better tomorrow. Futuristic is a strategic thinking theme and while it is "in someone's head," it is also the ability to inspire others with a vision of the future. Futuristic is the telescope that looks forward and says, "What do you see? What is possible?" Adjectives used to describe the Futuristic strength are creative, inspiring, vivid, expressive, perceptive, future-oriented and visionary.  A person with Futuristic is a forecaster -- they can anticipate what is next. They are dreamers and imaginers -- and they can also articulate their dreams. They are not content with the status quo.

Friday, May 20, 2016

[Discipline S2] Preempting Chaos with Structure and Order

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 Discipline.

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People talented in the Discipline theme engage with and love creating order. Discipline creates strong avenues and channels to work in, so a myriad of options don't become overwhelming. Discipline creates a structure and order so people can get where they need to go. People with high Discipline enjoy routine and structure and the order that they create. Discipline is an internal way of creating order so you can get going and move forward. People with strong Discipline love things that are organized and orderly. They meet deadlines. Discipline can efficiently manage limited resources. Discipline enjoys what is real, pragmatic and  available. Discipline has a radar for structure, clean channels and working in an orderly fashion.