Strengths Coaching Blog

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Called to Coach Recap: Joe Bertotto
(April 18, 2014)

Last week on Called to Coach, we featured Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Joe Bertotto.

Joe discovered his strengths in 2004 while working for one of Gallup’s clients. He had the opportunity to attend the Great Manager program, which not only gave him insights into his own strengths, but allowed him to see the power of strengths in other individuals and teams.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Recap: The Great Manager With Mike McDonald
(April 15, 2014)

The Great Manager webcast series compiles information and experiences from years of teaching managers how to be their best. We’re tapping some of the best, most effective managers we know to share with us what makes them great. In the first installment of The Great Manager webcast, we hosted Dr. Mike McDonald, a performance manager for Gallup’s outbound interviewing centers.

Mike started his career in broadcast journalism. Although he had aspirations of being a reporter or anchor, he found that he was at his best when he was behind the camera, producing, or directing. He quickly realized that his skills would be more beneficial if he could create ideal conditions for the people in front of the camera.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Recap -- Called to Coach: Southeast Asia Edition

(April 13, 2014)

The last Called to Coach: Southeast Asia Edition featured Gallup Senior Consultant, Robyn Reilly.

Robyn discovered her strengths while working for one of Gallup’s clients in New Zealand, understanding for the first time why she did things a certain way. Whether at work or in her personal life, Robyn always finds herself trying to relate everything she does to her strengths. Strengths not only help her understand why she is doing something, they also help her figure out how she can accomplish tasks more efficiently and effectively.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Recap -- Theme Thursday: Self-Assurance
(April 10, 2014)

People with strong Self-Assurance talents can lead the way. Because they deeply trust their own instincts, they can forge ahead confidently, even on risky paths. They can instill confidence in others and show initiative in the midst of turbulence and uncertainty.

On the last Theme Thursday, Gallup Learning and Development Consultant Rod Karr joined Curt Liesveld to discuss what makes the Self-Assurance theme unique and how it can be applied to real-life situations.

Curt describes Self-Assurance as “an internal confidence to try, even though external uncertainty exists.” People with Self-Assurance have a unique ability to trust their own instincts. They often “go with their gut,” trusting their intuition with the confidence to know what is right.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Using Your Talents to Balance Work and Home

By Sarah Robinson, FRESH Concepts, Inc.

Balance is difficult to achieve since it’s influenced by many issues. Our strengths, our values, our current and future goals all impact how we gauge when we are in balance or losing our equilibrium. My top strengths include Competition, Maximizer, Achiever, Activator, and Significance, so it’s not surprising that I’m a hard worker who puts her all into everything she has on her to do list. Yes, I want to win, but that drive is fueled by my desire to be the best that I can be. As one of the first Gallup-Certified Strengths Coaches, I’ve relished recent opportunities to help organizations and individuals go from good to great. I’ve been able to flex my strengths in new ways that, in the past, I had only dreamed might be possible.

But, like most people, there have been times when I’ve felt overwhelmed and unsure if I can keep the many balls I’m juggling in the air. I wear many hats, including business owner, college professor, wife, mother of three children, community volunteer, daughter, sister, friend...the list goes on almost indefinitely. There have been too many days in my 46 years when I’ve worried that I am shortchanging someone or something.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Called to Coach Recap: Dr. Angela Robles
(April 4, 2014)

Last week on Called to Coach, we featured Dr. Angela Robles, founder of Forza Institute. Angela has developed her coaching practice to specialize in building sport teams around each individual’s strengths.

Growing up in a sports-oriented family and having played sports at a high level herself, Angela’s athletic experience helped her realize the power strengths could have within sport teams. Although she was constantly competing in sports, Angela doesn’t have the Competition theme in her top five. She became aware that it wasn’t the competition that drove her love for sports, it was the team environment and camaraderie that she was hooked on, which was ignited by her Woo theme.