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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Gallup’s Called to Coach Recap: Michael Dauphinee -- S1E4

Last week’s guest coach was Michael Dauphinee, president of The Dauphinee Group, which provides consulting, coaching, leadership development support, and human resources support to individuals and companies worldwide.

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Dauphinee lost his first job at the age of 13 because his manager said he talked too much. Thereafter, he thought he needed to position himself in roles where he talked less -- until he took the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and discovered his strengths.

When he initially received his top five strengths, Dauphinee felt a sense of failure at the realization that he hadn’t been true to himself. His strengths report said his habitual talking was actually a strength, and that he should find a career doing something where he was able to talk more frequently. He knew he could either deny it, or somehow step into his true self.

As a consultant with Hewlett Packard, Dauphinee frequently traveled overseas – something he enjoyed, but after a while he began to notice a void in his life that he needed to fill. He left his job at HP, because he felt that he wasn’t making a difference in people’s lives – he came to the realization that no one had become a better person because of what he was doing there. This was Dauphinee’s call to coach.

Other highlights from last week’s Called to Coach:

Communication Isn’t Information Sent, It’s Information Received

When coaching managers, it’s important to help them realize that not every employee communicates the same way. Some might require a detailed plan, while others might prefer communication to come on the fly. Until managers fully understand their employees’ individual strengths, they won’t be able to properly and effectively communicate with them. This is how managers can engage their employees, instead of just sending communication in their direction.

Retaking Clifton StrengthsFinder

Dauphinee often meets people who think they need to retake the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. He says it’s imperative, however, that if you choose to take Clifton StrengthsFinder a second time, you define why it is that you are retaking the assessment. If it’s because you want a different label and you aren’t satisfied with your current top five, don’t retake it. Instead, figure out how to step into the roles of your innate talents instead of running away from them.

Join us for the next free Called to Coach on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. EDT with our guest, Paul Allen -- Gallup strengths evangelist and co-founder of

For more information about Michael Dauphinee, find him on Twitter @michaeldauph or visit his website at
Dauphinee has explored the globe, from Afghanistan to Uruguay, helping others develop their strengths. Throughout his travels, he has worked with individuals, governments, and Fortune 500 companies to help them reach personal, professional, and organizational goals.
Dauphinee’s top five strengths: Communication | Command | Activator | Positivity | Relator.

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