Strengths Coaching Blog

Friday, August 28, 2015

[Recap] Building a Strengths Coaching Business from Scratch

On a recent Called to Coach we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Oscar Trimboli.

Oscar built a successful career as a developer at Microsoft. One of his proudest achievements was the creation of Microsoft Protégé -- an experiential learning environment for students to gain insights and skills while working on real world projects. While at Microsoft, Oscar was promoted to a managerial position where he tailored development plans to each of his team members. A significant part of his new role involved discussing his team members’ potential and opportunities for growth. He was so successful at improving his team's productivity and engagement that his boss recommended that Oscar consider personal coaching as a business opportunity.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Three Secrets to Introducing Strengths to a New Audience Effectively

By: Torin Perez

As strengths coaches we live for the moments when we inspire someone about his or her own development. We see the a-ha moments happen, and we realize we’re doing exactly what we were meant to do with our professional lives. Yet, we can’t help but wonder, how can we ensure that more of our clients have more a-ha moments and more tangible insights that lead to real results in their lives and businesses?

 We know that the clients who see the best results are those who are ready and committed to make a change or grow in some way. This is true for the big company, the entrepreneur or the individual. Yet, our optimism, undying belief in human potential and living case studies of transformative work give us hope that change is also possible for those clients who may be less ready and committed at the given moment.

 So this leads me to three secrets to introducing strengths to new audiences effectively.

Monday, August 24, 2015

[Focus] Goals as Compass and Guide

On a recent Theme Thursday live webcast, we discussed the Focus theme with Jim Harter, Ph.D., Gallup Chief Scientist of Workplace Management and Well-Being. Jim's top five strengths are Achiever, Focus, Learner, Relator and Futuristic.

People with strong Focus talents prioritize and then take action. They set goals. These goals serve as their compass, helping them determine priorities and make alterations when needed to get back on course. Their Focus is powerful because it forces them to filter; they instinctively evaluate each action before taking it to determine whether it will help them reach their goal. In the end, strong Focus talents push them to be efficient. They are extremely valuable team members because their single-mindedness enhances the speed and quality of their performance and keeps the team on track.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

[Significance] Recognition for Substantial and Powerful Contributions

On a recent Theme Thursday live webcast, we discussed the Significance theme with  John Liesveld, a morning show host on KLIN Radio in Lincoln, Nebraska.  John's top five strengths are Competition, Activator, Connectedness, Positivity and Significance.

People with strong Significance talents want others to see their worth. They want to be recognized, heard and valued. Particularly, they want to be known and appreciated for the unique strengths they bring. They seek to have an impact on people, groups and society as a whole. They want their contributions viewed as substantial, powerful and significant. They are motivated by their intense yearning to be recognized, and as a result, they keep reaching. Their Significance theme pulls them upward, away from the mediocre and toward the exceptional.

People with significance are lead by a desire to leave a legacy. They want to be seen and noticed for meaningful work. They are attracted to evidence-based work. People with strong significance can be described as a champion, a change agent or an advocate.

For John, significance is thinking about how other perceive his actions, almost to the point of obsession. This pushes him to act in a way that impacts others. John sees his desire to be recognized by others as his fuel for doing good in the world. That is, the recognition he receives from others is not the end result of his efforts. Indeed, John thinks so much about how his actions are affecting others that it has made him a better radio host. He is always searching for material and stories that will please his audience.

John also loves to be on a big stage. For instance, when John's father and former Gallup Learning and Development Senior Consultant, Curt Liesveld, passed away, John knew immediately that he wanted to speak at his father's funeral. John knew this because his father's inspirational message was so important and John wanted to share that message with others. John found it energizing to speak at his father's funeral because he knew the end result -- inspiring others -- was so important.

To hear more about Significance and how John uses it in his everyday life, watch the full video above or the short theme video below.

How do you use Significance in your everyday life? Share your thoughts on the Called to Coach Facebook page.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

[Recap] Finding Clifton StrengthsFinder Overseas

On a recent Called to Coach we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Mandy Smith.

At the beginning of her career, Mandy spent 12 years in leadership positions for her local government in Australia. She interacted daily with government employees and the members of the public that she served, often encountering people who struggled with low self-worth and feelings of despondency. Although Mandy tried to reassure these people that they were great, she found it difficult to communicate that message without the right language and tools to describe the unique qualities of each individual.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

[Recap] Strengths in the IT Industry and Education

On a recent Called to Coach we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Sandeep Guatam.


Sandeep is an early adopter of the positive psychology movement and enjoys blogging on Psychology Today and Times of India about strengths and positive psychology. Although he did not have a background in psychology, his passion to learn is what led him to strengths. Indeed, Sandeep's number one strength is Learner. As his knowledge about strengths deepened, Sandeep felt a calling to use strengths in his day-to-day life.