Strengths Coaching Blog

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

That’s a Wrap! Theme Thursday S2 Wrap Party

On this Theme Thursday Season Two webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Gallup Advanced Learning and Development Consultant celebrate all of our accomplishments for Season 2.

Thank you for joining us on our wrap party for Theme Thursday Season 2 today. With season 2 we started out with a new concept and idea. We delved deep into the love and intricacy of the theme, and we made you think very specifically about Theme Dynamics for all 34 themes. We talked a little bit more on how to invest in these themes. You are never done. There is so much more growth to happen within your own themes. Real strengths-based development opens up doors. It gives you the ability to talk about what those themes are in your sleep. Be willing to take a risk. Think about the insights available as you are coaching, or even working through these on your own. It is a perfect way to create great questions. Make time every week to connect with somebody consistent who can help you delve deeper into your themes. Everybody needs a coach. They need someone with a connection and confidence to help you really dig in. If you need a coach, or if you are interested in coaching we would be happy to connect you to one at Gallup Exchange.

Monday, December 5, 2016

[Recap] Business Consulting Using Strengths

On a recent Called to Coach: India Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach,
Aseem Hanspal.

Aseem is a co-founder and principal consultant at SKOPE Business Consulting. He says becoming a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach changed the course of his business. During consulting engagements, he used to look for areas of improvement in a company. He would focus on a weaker area and try to build on it. Now, his approach is strengths-based, he finds what people and companies are doing good and builds on that.

Friday, December 2, 2016

To Innovate, Think Like an Entrepreneur

by Becky McCarville

The backbone of the economy rests on the creation of new businesses, and yet, not enough of them are starting or surviving. But a model of innovation and entrepreneurialism isn’t limited to just startups. Existing companies are scrambling to find new growth platforms. How can existing companies increase profits and find new customers?

Entrepreneurial talents are playing an increasing role in these existing and well-established firms to find new avenues of growth. Identifying the inherent talents of a company’s employees -- and maximizing those who possess entrepreneurial qualities -- can help businesses push past the status quo.

Companies need to invest in the natural talents of their people to create new ideas, find new customers and discover new energy to grow. They also need to develop the qualities of resourcefulness, teamwork, creativity, relationship-building and resilience.

To develop these entrepreneurial talents and generate ideas, Gallup-Certified Strengths Coaches, startups and existing businesses are using Gallup’s Entrepreneurial Profile 10 (EP10)  assessment to help entrepreneurs build, grow and succeed in their ventures. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

[Recap] EP10 Becomes the "Builder Profile 10"

On a recent
EP10 Quarterly Update, we spoke with Gallup Global Channel Leader, Entrepreneurship and Job Creation, Todd Johnson.  

The EP10 will be renamed and rebranded to the Builder Profile 10 (BP10) in mid-December this year. Gallup decided to issue a name change largely due to how society views the concept of entrepreneurship. A lot of people now associate the word entrepreneur with someone creating a start-up on the coast in the technology field. While Gallup cherishes and celebrates that type of entrepreneurship, starting a company is only one manifestation of what EP10 is about. The talents in EP10 are really about building, whether building new companies or new services and products within existing companies. Gallup heard from enterprise clients who need innovators and intrepreneurs, they need all types of people with the talent to build. The word builder includes a broader range of people with these talents. Gallup plans to create a new brand and image around the word builders.

Monday, November 28, 2016

[Recap] Creating a Strengths-Based University Campus

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Ken Barr, Jr.

As director of Student Strengths Development at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Ken was responsible for leading all facets of the creation, development, assessment, and operations of this talent development/student success program. For a coach thinking about getting strengths started on a campus, Ken says they first need to define what the end goal is, the overall mission, and how it ties into the mission of the university.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Leaders, Know Thyself

By Simon Cooper

In Alfred Lord Tennyson's great poem great poem Oenone, the goddess of wisdom offers Paris the gift of "self-knowledge" as one of three qualities that will give him "sovereign power." Paris turns the offer down. I think that is a mistake. The most effective leaders embrace self-knowledge as fundamental to a successful career. 

When I think back on my early career, I, like many others, did not really know what my talents were and how they might best be deployed. There was no CliftonStrengths to tell me, but I was fortunate in that, before I began my hospitality career, I had captained numerous sports teams, as well as some lovely sailing yachts. That gave me no special edge, but it did give me confidence that I could lead small groups of people in a common direction. I had self-confidence, but I totally lacked self-knowledge.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

[Self-Assurance S2] The Ability to Bravely Lead the Way

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 Self-Assurance.

People exceptionally talented in the Self-Assurance theme feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives. They possess an inner compass that gives them confidence that their decisions are right. Self-Assurance can be less about confidence, and more about courage. It is not always that they know that their opinions are true, but it is that they naturally include themselves as part of the solution. They bring an ability to bravely lead the way. They bring something within themselves that is going to solve any issues they may come across. It is not influencing by pushing the group from behind. It is more going in front and realizing the group is attracted to following you. People with strong Self-Assurance can lead the way. Because they deeply trust their own instincts, they can forge ahead confidently, even on risky paths. They instill confidence in others and show initiative in the midst of turbulence and uncertainty. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Part 2: A Roadmap for Implementing Strengths in Higher Education

By Vanessa Camilleri

A few weeks ago we explored the importance of establishing a purpose for your strengths initiative. We also recommended building a strengths team to help you champion your cause around campus. 

This week, let’s dig into how to put your ideas into action, measure their success and communicate effectively to continue building momentum and engagement with your strengths initiative.

Taking Action

So, what will this strengths initiative look like in action? Once your team is established and knows its own mix of strengths, you can start to plan “how” you will implement strengths on campus. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

[Recap] Creating a Strengths-Based State of Rhode Island

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Strengths Expeditor at Leadership Rhode Island, Mike Ritz and Kevin Cooper.

Mike Ritz and Kevin Cooper work for Leadership Rhode Island, a community leadership development organization founded in 1981. The mission of Leadership Rhode Island is to provide leaders and emerging leaders with knowledge and access to resources which will enable them to positively affect their communities. Mike and Kevin are currently working on the “Make RI Strong” initiative, which is about making Rhode Island (RI) a strengths-based state. Leadership Rhode Island has known for decades that the state of RI suffers from a negative psyche and they are hoping strengths can be an answer to that. They also know, according to Gallup’s State of the U.S. Workplace Report, that RI has one of the least engaged workforces in the country.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

[WOO S2] The Social Catalysts

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 WOO.

People exceptionally talented in the WOO theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with someone. WOO is a social initiative. It is a quickness of making that connection. It is the ability to quickly discover the right chemistry needed to connect with another person, and the quest for that chemistry. Those with the WOO theme can quickly read people and their posture. They can have a whole conversation that is tailored to you. WOO is about hospitality, charisma and magnetism. People with WOO are drawn to other people. It can be the same with reverse magnetism, people are drawn to those with WOO. 

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 shells. They build rapport with purpose. They can pay attention to the necessity of building rapport, and realize that is how you get others to a better place. We should position our people with WOO in that moment where they can start the initial conversation. They are little beacons of hospitality. If you can spread them throughout an event or room, they are going to act as not just fire starters, but low radiators of warmth.