Strengths Coaching Blog

Sunday, May 1, 2016

[GWSW] Discipline: Embracing Routines and Order

People with strong Discipline talents love things that are organized and orderly. They meet deadlines. And they can efficiently manage limited resources. They bring a high level of organization, order and stability to the projects and groups in which they work. People who have high Discipline are great at managing limited resources by creating a plan and following it. They often bring order to chaos to get things done.  Discipline’s key purpose is that it helps people be more productive when used properly. Those without high Discipline may find routines dull and redundant, but Discipline embraces such routine.

Please register for our Discipline Webcast on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Download the Theme Thursday Companion Guide on Discipline here to follow along with the show!

Friday, April 29, 2016

[Context S2] Using the Past to Frame the Present

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 Context.

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People talented in the context theme can weave together a beautiful tapestry with their history and foundational knowledge -- and not many people can see what they see. Context is not high in the strengths database; it is a rare strength.

The motivation behind context is to feed the brain. People with high context want to know more so they have a better understanding -- so they can frame situations and provide reference for everything. Context exists in the world of thoughtfulness; it is a strategic thinking theme. It brings depth to conversation. It can look creative, although it is not about creativity; it’s about facts, knowing where things came from and making connections, not about fictionalizing. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Planting Entrepreneurial Seeds at Cornell University

by Becky McCarville

Mona Anita Olsen at Cornell University. 
(Photo credit: Lindsay France, Cornell University)
Increasingly, students in a hospitality entrepreneurship program at Cornell University receive Gallup’s Entrepreneur Profile 10 (EP10) assessment.

The program’s goal? To cultivate a mindset of entrepreneurship and to spark conversations. According to leaders at Cornell’s Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship in the School of Hotel Administration, the EP10 assessment addresses the need to talk with students about entrepreneurship early on in their education -- starting them on the path to taking entrepreneurship courses and increasing awareness for the available programming the college offers.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

[Recap] Transforming Employee Teams at the University of Kansas Through Strengths

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Cheryl Pace.

Cheryl explained that the University of Kansas wanted to change its culture. More specifically, it wanted to focus on engaging its employees in a more meaningful way, Cherly called it, "...the Jayhawk way." The goal of this cultural shift was to give KU employees a common language and tool set for managing difficult conversations and speaking about their career development. In embracing this new culture, Cheryl and her colleagues took Clifton StrengthsFinder. Cheryl was immediately drawn to the authenticity of the assessment and the science behind it. She explained, "I've taken a lot of assessments and this one really stuck out." Cheryl recognized that strengths were the perfect vehicle for increasing employee engagement and tool for transitioning KU's culture. She also knew that she had to become a strengths coach at the university. Cheryl became a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach in May of 2015. Since then, she has  coached individuals and teams at the University of Kansas.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

[GWSW] Developer: Rejoicing in the Growth of Others

People talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential of others. They can quickly recognize the talent of others and derive satisfaction from others' growth. Developer has the vision to see the potential in others. When people grow in their talents and strengths, it gives Developers fuel. Developers are patient, growth-oriented, encouraging, effective, self-sacrificing and helpful. Developer acts as an advisor, stimulator, investor, coach, mentor, teacher, encourager and "stretcher" -- they help people stretch their talents. Developers rejoice in helping others grow and cultivate their talents.

Please register for our Developer Webcast on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Download the Theme Thursday Companion Guide on Developer here to follow along with the show!

Friday, April 22, 2016

[Recap] CliftonStrengths Summit Preview Edition

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup's Strengths Evangelist, Paul Allen.

Paul Allen, Gallup’s Strengths Evangelist, dishes exciting information on the CliftonStrengths Summit in this Called to Coach. “It will be the world’s greatest strengths event, so far," is how Paul opens up the webcast. There will be something for everyone, if you have Learner, there will be a lot of learning. If you have Woo or Connectedness there will be a lot of networking. If you want to hear about other coaches’ best practices and fresh ideas, and how they win clients, you will have the opportunity for that. One example of a unique idea (you can expect to hear at the Summit) is from a coach who created a life-size team talent map. The life-size team grid allowed the group to do an activity that is much more interactive than usual. Loads of time, investment and research are coming to the strengths world, all which will build your strengths-coaching capabilities and business. Paul can’t give away all of the secrets of the #CliftonStrengthsSummit, yet, but he does give away a few, so tune in!

Paul also takes a look at the Top 5 strengths of all the coaches in the world and then compares them to the global strengths theme frequency report. Find out what makes strengths coaches, like you, good at what you do. And learn how one coach branded his whole coaching business around his Top 5—the “Possibilities” Coach.