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Gallup's Called to Coach Recap: Curt Liesveld (June 28, 2013)
Our guest coach, Curt Liesveld, has been a strengths coach at Gallup for 14 years. Liesveld answered the call to coach after realizing his “intense interest in the nature of human beings.” Along with a sociology degree and a theology background, Liesveld uses the Clifton StrengthsFinder to study humans and transform their raw potential into talents at which they excel.
Liesveld not only coaches individuals, he also coaches other strengths coaches who want to improve the wellbeing of others. He genuinely enjoys coaching others and seeing the impact strengths-based coaching can have on people’s lives.
You may also listen to an Audio Recording of this event.
Here are some highlights and insights from Curt Liesveld’s Call to Coach:
Transforming “being” into “doing.”
We have to care equally about who people are and what they do. Being is who we are by nature. By focusing on our strengths, it helps us understand how to do what we do best.
How many people lived their entire life not knowing what their strengths were?
This question always loomed in Don Clifton’s mind. It sincerely troubled him to know that people went their entire lives devoid of the opportunity to do what they do best every day. This same question serves as inspiration for coaches to help others discover their strengths and live fuller, happier lives.
How do unlikely strengths pairs work together?
There are 561 possible pairs of themes and any of them can work together to make up who you are. The two themes that most unlikely fit together are Activator and Deliberative; a person with this pair has a sense of urgency and caution at the same time. When unlikely themes are paired, we have to start thinking, “How does that give me an advantage?”
Can your strengths change over time?
At the core of who someone is, there is something enduring and consistent. Once you become an adult, there are consistencies between who you are and who you’ll become. There are some things that do change, however. What you know changes because your education expands your knowledge, your skills change because of your experience and practice, and your values can change over time due to events like marriage and the birth of a child.
Liesveld’s top five strengths: Responsibility, Relator, Maximizer, Learner, Analytical
The next Called to Coach event will be with Debby Kratky on July 18, at 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. Kratky works for Tarrant County, Texas as the director of capacity building and training for workforce solutions.