Strengths Coaching Blog

Monday, November 24, 2014

[Recap] Called to Coach: Southeast Asia Edition With Roy Lim

On a recent Called to Coach: Southeast Asia Edition we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Roy Lim. Roy is an expert at helping individuals, managers and teams grow personally and professionally.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Recap -- Theme Thursday: Positivity

On a recent Theme Thursday live webcast, we discussed the Positivity theme with Gallup Senior Consultant Luke Sutton and, as always, Gallup Learning and Development Consultant Curt Liesveld. 

People with strong Positivity talents are generous with praise, quick to smile and always on the lookout for the upside of the situation. They bring enthusiasm to people, groups and organizations. They can stimulate others to be more productive and hopeful. They always seem to find a way to lighten the spirits of those around them. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Three Questions Every Leader Should Be Asking

By Stosh D. Walsh

This is the second in a three-part series of articles by Stosh Walsh. In this series, Stosh will offer insights on coaching leaders. Read the first blog article.

The two words I hear the most from individuals I coach is, “Now what?” It doesn’t matter if the person is a recently promoted first-time manager or a C-level executive. It seems this important question lingers in the minds of most leaders who encounter strengths. In part one of this series, I argued that leaders and coaches can address this important and ubiquitous question by answering the following:

  • How do these strengths enable success in this role?
  • How does the exercise of these strengths affect others?
  • What kinds of strengths are complementary?

In part one, we explored the intentionality leaders can create by examining previous successes, using specific language from Clifton StrengthsFinder results, and mapping strengths to a role’s critical functions.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What About Weakness?

By Maika Leibbrandt, Gallup Learning and Development Consultant

Just like doctors answer lots of questions about illness, I find as a teacher of strengths coaches, I am ironically asked quite a bit about weakness. It’s important to understand where weakness plays into the purpose and power of strengths coaching, and I believe there are three important steps to truly mastering this concept. 

Let go of the idea that a theme can be a weakness. StrengthsFinder themes are like Switzerland -- neutral. While not particularly helpful in a game of Risk, they can be relied upon to be neither good nor bad, but simply naturally recurring patterns which, when applied and understood, can help us succeed. Remember, themes don’t make people ineffective. People make people ineffective.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Recap: The Great Manager With Jerry Rudzinski

On the last The Great Manager webcast, we talked to Jerry Rudzinski, Director of Sales, Stryker Patient Handling.