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Thursday, August 16, 2018

After You've Covered the Basics of Effective Strengths Training, What's Next? (Part 3) -- Gallup Called to Coach: Dean Jones -- S6E30


On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with the Principal Architect of Gallup's Global Learning Strategy, Dean Jones, as a follow-up to several 2016 Called to Coach sessions he led on leading strengths trainings. This is part 3 of that discussion. 






Below is a summary of the conversation. Full audio and video are posted above.

What has changed since 2016? A lot of the focus on basic strengths education is naming, claiming, and aiming. Coaches are discovering that basic strengths education is necessary in order to inject strengths into organizations; a way of inviting them into the world of strengths. 


Gallup is making CliftonStrengths 34 and enhancements more widely available, and people need to understand how to name, claim and aim their strengths. An e-learning module on the basics will be available in the fall to provide some introductory material, to help people get started. (This module doesn't replace a half-day or daylong coaching course.)

Futuristic -- Making Sense of What Is Through A Lens of What Will Be -- Theme Thursday Season 4

On this Theme Thursday Season Four webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Futuristic. 





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Futuristic can be described by every step taken today gets you closer to the very clear future you live in. Futuristic is making sense of what is through a lens of what will be. Futuristic is not just creativity. It’s not just “what if” but it’s “when.”  Individuals with high Futuristic are energized and energizing to others by what can be. Other themes will influence the exact picture of the future, but it’s always with an element of improvement. It’s improvement for a better team, a better product, a better life, a better world.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Being Resourceful: Introducing Strengths to Young (Technology) Workers -- Gallup Called to Coach: Vivasvan Shastri -- S6E29


On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Vivasvan Shastri, Senior Manager at Cisco, who has been a technology executive for 19 years. His experience spans products/services and managing business development across the globe. He is a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, an author, avid reader and blogger. Our conversation was hosted by Gallup’s own Pooja Luthra from Gallup’s Gurugram (Gurgaon), India, office. 






Below is a summary of the conversation. Full audio and video are posted above.

Guest host Pooja Luthra: Tell me a little about your journey in terms of (CliftonStrengths).

Vivasvan Shastri: It’s been amazing. It’s been a quest of my life to discover who I am. I had no way to figure it out -- you do everything to find out who you are. And when I looked at my (Top 5) strengths, I realized this is who I am. My journey of self-awareness that started 18 months ago continues -- I look at my life from the prism of my strengths. It gives me the ability to explain who I am, how I treat others, and provides a roadmap for how to progress ahead. I look forward to continuing this journey for a long time.  

Focus -- Powerful Investment Toward Achievable Goals -- Theme Thursday Season 4

On this Theme Thursday Season Four webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Focus. 






Focus is the great intensity toward a single target. It’s the head down, hyper-attentive ability to be fully present with the challenge until it’s done. Individuals high in Focus are persistent, passionate, and focused on the end goal. Focus is the efficient, effective, single-minded prioritization that speeds up and improves quality. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Mastery Monday: Productive Aiming -- Futuristic (2018)

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min


On a recent series of plane trips, I watched the six-part documentary miniseries, “Year Million.” The title alone piqued my interest -- Futuristic is second among my Signature Themes. And the series itself -- which was not about literally the year 1 million but about imagining the changes awaiting humankind in the deep future -- well, let’s just say it was more than satisfying! Futuristic loves to dream about, imagine, explore and visualize the future. Sometimes it’s the deep future -- the 100-year view and beyond. At other times it’s the more immediate future -- next year, or in five years or 10 years. But it’s a constant consideration of what may be, what can be and what will be. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Pursuing an Extraordinary Life: Coaching With Intentionality and Courage -- Gallup Called to Coach: Michael Dauphinee -- S6E28

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Michael Dauphinee, who operates his own consulting company and travels the world to do that. Our conversation was hosted by Gallup's Jeremy Pietrocini. During almost two decades, Michael has been a Strengths Coach in a variety of corporate and nonprofit settings, nationally and internationally.  




Below is a summary of the conversation. Full audio and video are posted above.

Guest host Jeremy Pietrocini: In your own words, tell us about your journey of being called to coach and what you do in your day-to-day business.

Michael Dauphinee: I worked at Hewlett-Packard as an international negotiator for 6 years. I got into a bit of a 9-to-5 rut, was involved with a nonprofit in San Diego when CliftonStrengths had launched. It was around 2000, and no one really knew what “StrengthsFinder” was. We started using StrengthsFinder with our volunteers, it became the language we spoke.

When I turned 30, I had a moment (it’s in my new book, Extraordinary, comes out Sept. 4) that made me realize that what I was doing wasn’t my life, I needed to do something different. I realized that StrengthsFinder showed me my strengths, but they were what I had been spending the majority of my life trying to “scoop out of me.” A year later, I walked away from HP and spent a year traveling the U.S. and Western Europe talking about strengths with nonprofits and community leaders. My hope was that someday I could do workshops and make a full-time living out of strengths.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Empathy -- Connecting by Sensing -- Theme Thursday Season 4

On this Theme Thursday Season Four webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Empathy. 





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Empathy is experiencing the emotion of others, feeling what others feel, and connecting by sensing.  People with high Empathy are emotionally intuitive. Empathy is knowing through being present and paying attention to other people. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Coaching Individuals and Teams in the "Faster Future" -- Gallup Called to Coach: Andrew Sloan -- S6E27

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Andrew Sloan, human futurist, Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, therapist and technologist. Our conversation was hosted by Gallup's own Claire DeCarteret from Gallup's Sydney, Australia, office. Andrew has a passion to use technology to benefit humans in what he calls the "faster future," and in his strengths coaching practice he combines strengths and therapy as he works with individuals and teams.







Below is a summary of the conversation. Full audio and video are posted above.

Guest host Claire DeCarteret: Tell us about yourself, your back story.

Andrew Sloan: My Top 5 come into the room as soon I enter it, when I meet you. But it’s my “Back 5” (the next 5) are the engine room that allow me to offer my gifts to people. Those Back 5 are Belief, Connectedness, Responsibility, Empathy, and Arranger. Arranger really influences a lot of my Top 10.

My journey with strengths started about 4 years ago. I was angry and frustrated with life; my Top 5 weren’t being served, even though I didn’t know them yet. I found a strengths-based coach and therapist who I still work with today and we started to explore what my frustration might mean in light of my top capabilities.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Discipline -- Creating Structure -- Theme Thursday Season 4

On this Theme Thursday Season Four webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Discipline. 





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People exceptionally talented in Discipline enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create. Individuals with Discipline are detail-oriented and architects of structure. They don’t just follow the rules that are in front of them but they think in a way that creates rules. People with Discipline are quite planned, they’re exact and exacting.  

Mastery Monday: Productive Aiming -- Empathy (2018)

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min

In the first “Star Wars” film (Episode IV A New Hope), Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi instructs his young protege, Luke Skywalker, in his Jedi training, saying, “Trust your feelings, Luke.” Individuals with Empathy among their Signature Themes resonate with that scene because each and every day they trust their feelings. They see and experience the power of the emotional side of life, and not only are in tune with their own feelings but also have an uncanny ability to physically feel the emotions of others. When those around them are sad, they sense the sadness. When those around them are joyful, they experience their joy. They intuitively pick up on the nonverbal, subtle emotional cues that others give out. Individuals strong in Empathy talents bring emotional intelligence to a team, and because they are emotional people, they need the freedom to cry, laugh and vent. People with high Empathy often can tell you how you are feeling -- in an eerily accurate way -- even before you yourself know.