Strengths Coaching Blog

Friday, October 21, 2016

[Recap] How CliftonStrengths Can Help With Deathbed Regrets

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Doug Wilks. 

Here is how Doug got started with CliftonStrengths in his own words: As a dominant Input and Maximizer, I read StrengthsFinder 2.0 years ago. I immediately began applying Tom Rath's insights in my own professional and personal life. To say it was a personal Rosetta Stone is an understatement. I began incorporating strengths-based training and development in various leadership roles for sales representatives, managers and sales teams at work. Strengths-focused coaching never failed to produce improved results. I’ll never forget the response from a tenured sales representative years ago after my first "official" internal half-day workshop. She said, “That’s the first time in my life I feel like anyone’s ever gotten me…” Definitely fuel to my coaching fire!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

[Significance S2] A Comfort in the Spotlight

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 Significance.

People exceptionally talented in the Significance theme want to be very important in others’ eyes. They are independent and want to be recognized. Significance is not a common theme; thus it is often misunderstood. At one point, the Significance theme was called desire, desire to have a positive effect on people. The genius of people with strong Significance begins and ends with the difference that they are determined to make. They want the world to be a better place because they are in it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Is Your Team Ready for the Team Strengths Grid?

By Tiffany Saulnier

The Team Strengths Grid, a snapshot of a team’s collective strengths in a single place, is a powerful tool to explore individual and collective talents to achieve team success. But oftentimes, the Team Strengths Grid is introduced before a team has the opportunity to fully absorb the tool’s value.

When you introduce the Team Strengths Grid at the right time, you spark meaningful conversations. Using the grid helps you discuss the collective talents of a group in a way that honors individuals. It also enables you to break down communication barriers by prompting productive, open dialogue about behaviors and tendencies, team dynamics, partnerships, and team bonds. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

[GWSW] WOO: Not Afraid to Start Conversations With Strangers

People with strong Woo talents bring energy to social situations. They can connect with others and act as catalysts in helping people connect with one another. They have an exceptional ability to draw others out of their shell. Woo is an acronym for Winning Others Over. People who have high Woo are not afraid to start conversations with strangers. They typically have a large network of friends and acquaintances, as they thrive on getting to know as many people as possible. About 13% of individuals who have completed the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment have Woo as one of their top five strengths.

Please regi
ster for our WOO Webcast on Thursday, October 20,
 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Download the Companion Guide for our WOO webcast here to follow along with the show!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

[Recap] Leading Effective Strengths Trainings

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup's Talent Development Architect, Dean Jones. 

This edition of Called to Coach kicks off a two-part series on leading effective strengths trainings. In this first episode, Dean Jones, the principal architect of Gallup's global client learning strategy, discusses what kind of content to cover in a group session. The first core area to focus on is the understanding that CliftonStrengths are rooted in a study of excellence – that weakness fixing might prevent failure, but doesn’t lead to excellence. Next, as session leader, you should define talent, strengths and themes properly, as well as how the CliftonStrengths assessment works. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

[Recap] 2016 CliftonStrengths Summit Series -- Changing Organizational Culture With Strengths

On a recent Called to Coach: CliftonStrengths Summit 2016 Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Murray Guest. These webcasts will highlight some of the best and most popular sessions from the CliftonStrengths Summit.

Murray Guest develops effective leaders, engaged teams and sustainable cultural change through strengths-based solutions. Murray’s top five CliftonStrengths are Relator, Futuristic, Individualization, Communication and Responsibility. He says an organizations’ culture is defined by what leaders do and say, and what they encourage others to do and say within the company. A company’s culture is what’s left when you take out all of the policies and procedures. It’s about the interactions between colleagues, as well as with customers and suppliers.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

[GWSW] Strategic: A Distinct Way of Thinking

People with strong Strategic talents have the ability to sort through the clutter and find the best route. This is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking — a special perspective on the world at large. This outlook allows them to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of these patterns, they are able to envision alternative scenarios, always asking, “What if this happened?” This recurring question helps them see, plan, and prepare for future situations. They see a way when others assume there is no way. Armed with this strategy, they strike forward.

Please register for our Strategic Webcast on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Download the Companion Guide for our Strategic webcast here to follow along with the show!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

[Recap] Following a Passion for Strengths

On a recent Called to Coach: India Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, G S Rajesh.

G S Rajesh recently left his corporate career to follow his passion for strengths-based development. He is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach who focuses on strengths-based leadership programs for teams, leaders and organizations. In his experience, coaching is about creating trust and transparency with the coachee. He’s discovered that people don’t realize their potential because they are always focused on their weaknesses and what’s wrong with them.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Strengths-Based Parenting When Others See Weakness

 By Adam Hickman

I am a father who leads with Ideation, Command, Analytical, Competition and Individualization. These themes bring a high level of intensity, expectation and energy to the challenge of raising children. My wife leads with Belief, Strategic, Developer, Empathy and Relator. Her lens on parenting is colored by caring, nurturing and meeting our children where they are day by day. Our combined themes create a home life where our children are seen as individuals, appreciated for their strengths. Don Clifton’s notion that we should focus on what is right with people is how my wife and I have parented our children since birth, and this approach profoundly changed our daughter’s life.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

[Recap] Successful Strengths Implementation at Stryker

On a recent Called to Coach: Australia/Singapore Edition, we spoke with Ryan McCarthy, a Commercial Sales Director for Stryker South Pacific.

Ryan McCarthy, a Commercial Sales Director for Stryker South Pacific, knows how to use strengths successfully in an organization. He was recently recognized as a top performing manager at the Gallup Great Workplace Awards. Ryan’s top 5 strengths are: Activator, Maximizer, Responsibility, Ideation, Belief. Ryan was first introduced to CliftonStrengths when he took the assessment as a new employee at Stryker. Ryan uses CliftonStrengths to help him truly treat people as individuals and to find the best in them. He uses strengths to help his team discover what they do best and to help them grow into their natural talents.