Strengths Coaching Blog

Friday, April 24, 2015

Gallup Courses Approved by ICF and HRCI

The following Gallup courses have been approved for professional credit hours through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as an approved coaching specific training hours (ACSTH) provider, and also by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

Course hours are reviewed annually; the updates reflect the credit hours approved by ICF and HRCI for 2015. New to the list is the High-Performance Management course.  

International Coaching Federation (ICF) Credits 
  • Accelerated Strengths Coaching -- 34.5 credit hours
  • Coaching for Individual Performance -- 16 credit hours
  • Coaching Managers and Teams -- 16 credit hours

Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) Credits
  • Accelerated Strengths Coaching -- 33.75 credit hours
  • Successful Strengths Coaching -- 13 credit hours
  • Coaching for Individual Performance -- 12.5 credit hours
  • Coaching Managers and Teams -- 13.5 credit hours
  • High-Performance Management -- 13.75 credit hours

Why is this important? 
Participants in Gallup courses can obtain hours toward credentials and recertification. For ICF, you can receive hours toward an ACC, PCC, or MCC credential, and for HRCI, you can receive continuing education hours toward recertification of a professional HR designation.

Who benefits?
Coaches and HR Professionals -- if you’re looking to obtain a credential with ICF or recertify an existing designation with HRCI, you can accomplish both by participating in Gallup’s public programs.

Corporate Training -- employees from other organizations who enroll in Gallup programs will receive an added benefit of receiving hours toward their professional credentials and certifications with ICF and HRCI, without having to spend extra time outside of work. Talk about employee engagement!

Entrepreneurs -- what better way to gain credibility than joining a terrific program that is approved by two of the largest credential-issuing bodies in the coaching and human resources industry? Not to mention, this is a terrific networking opportunity to grow your business and learn about exciting topics.

Below is a table that outlines the number of hours you will receive toward credentials and/or recertification with ICF and HRCI, respectively.

If you completed any of these courses since April 2014 and are interested in the professional credit hours, please email You can find more information about our courses at Gallup Strengths Center.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Complimentary Partnerships and Coaching Youth

A recap of Called to Coach with Jennifer Selke.

On a recent episode of Called to Coach, we hosted Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Jennifer Selke.

Jennifer has been studying strengths since her first job as a manager when she oversaw a youth center for the U.S. Air Force in England. Additionally, she has always had an interest in helping adults adapt in the workplace, from discovering and developing their strengths, to becoming consciously aware of their weaknesses.

Monday, April 20, 2015

[Recap] Called to Coach: Australia Edition With Murray Guest

On a recent Called to Coach: Australia Edition we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Murray Guest.

Much of Murray’s work is with organizational leaders who are continually looking to keep employee engagement and retention as high as possible. In order to do this, he says it’s important to get leaders to focus on the strengths of their people, rather than trying to fill in the deficiency gaps. When leaders position employees into areas that don’t play to their strengths, it has a negative effect on their engagement levels, and can compromise the quality of their work.

Friday, April 17, 2015

[Recap] Theme Thursday: Discipline

On a recent Theme Thursday live webcast, we discussed the Discipline theme with Gallup Wellness Coordinator Ryan Wolf. Ryan’s top five strengths are Discipline, Achiever, Futuristic, Activator and Harmony.

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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Leveraging Strengths in Performance Review Conversations

By Tom Melanson & Stephen Shields

It has happened to many of us -- too many of us.

We sit down with our manager for that dreaded event: the performance review. After a few perfunctory remarks about our positive characteristics, or perhaps some comments about a project on which we worked that went particularly well, at about the six-minute mark we hear, “What I thought we might do for the remainder of our time together is to focus on how we can improve your performance and even attack some of those barriers that have been holding you back.” Joy.

Don Clifton, the creator of StrengthsFinder, once said, “What would happen if we studied what was right with people versus what’s wrong with people?” For you as a manager, focusing on your employees’ strengths is a powerful way to make the performance review conversation something the members of your team will look forward to rather than a yearly event that must be endured.

Friday, April 10, 2015

[Recap] Called to Coach: Singapore Edition With Tan Hee Guan

On a recent Called to Coach: Singapore Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Tan Hee Guan.

Hee Guan began his strengths journey about five years ago when he attended a strengths coaching course in Singapore. He said a big “ah-ha” moment for him came when he discovered that his commanding tendency wasn’t a character flaw, as he always believed. Rather, he learned that Command is a high talent for him, and when properly developed, would become one of his greatest strengths.