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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Gallup’s Called to Coach Recap: Paul Allen -- S1E7

Last week’s guest coach was Paul Allen, Gallup’s Strengths Evangelist. He co-founded in 1997 and was its first CEO.

Allen first took the Clifton StrengthsFinder about a year and a half ago, just before joining Gallup. As soon as he received his results, he was overcome with a sense of self-validation. He was amazed by how “spot on” his strengths were.

Allen’s strengths revelation altered his business focus from product development to helping others discover their strengths. He wanted others to experience that same validation and uncover their true potential.

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Gallup’s vision really appealed to Allen upon beginning his career with the company. He was blown away by Gallup’s long-term vision for impact. Given his entrepreneurial spirit, Allen naturally came equipped with plans outlining how Gallup can take strengths worldwide to millions of people.

After meeting with Jim Clifton, Gallup’s Chairman and CEO, Allen quickly found out that Gallup’s mission wasn’t just to make money by giving people a personality test that they could take for fun. Gallup’s mission is to change the world. If a person takes their strengths journey seriously, and has a coach to guide them along the way, the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment becomes much more than a simple test -- it becomes a lifelong transformation.

Allen’s gratitude extends beyond the Clifton StrengthsFinder to the man who created it -- Don Clifton. Just as Don’s pursuit of strengths has improved the lives of millions of others, his insights and findings have given Allen a lens with which to see people clearly.

Paul’s Advice:

If you want to become a strengths coach, or if you are seeking further coaching education, one of the best tools available is Gallup’s Coaching Kit. Another convenient resource are Gallup’s strengths coaching courses. They are full of incredibly powerful coaching knowledge, education, and inspiration.

Although it’s important to focus on your top five strengths, understanding your full list of 34 strengths will help you figure out how your strengths work together, giving you a further sense of completeness.

Paul is dedicated to taking the Clifton StrengthsFinder to the world. His mission is twofold: to find executives and corporations that want to build strengths-based organizations and to develop thousands of coaches who can help boost engagement, productivity, and profits by enabling individuals and teams to “soar with their strengths.” 

Allen’s top five strengths: Learner | Input | Ideation | Intellection | Strategic

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