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Called to Coach Recap: Roy West and Brendan Suhr (Oct. 4, 2013)
Last week’s Called to Coach webinar featured two successful strengths coaches: Brendan Suhr and Roy West. Suhr credits his strengths knowledge and passion to West, who is among the world’s most accomplished practitioners of strengths-based development.
Not only is Suhr a champion strengths coach, he is a well-decorated college and professional basketball coach as well. Suhr first met West when he attended one of West’s seminars, calling the experience “religious and life-changing.”
There has to be someone who can take you where you can’t take yourself.
Even those who are great at what they do need a coach. Whether it’s an athlete like Michael Jordan or a basketball coach like Suhr, there is always someone who can help you discover and leverage your greatest talents.
Suhr always thought that his unique gift for coaching basketball was simply about finding a way to garner more wins than losses. Through West’s help and guidance, Suhr realized that his coaching success was a result of much more than having an abundance of basketball knowledge -- it was about connecting with his players in a way that no one else could. Suhr used to develop his basketball coaching based on his own strengths. After meeting with West, Suhr began to coach based on his players’ strengths. This new approach to coaching basketball led to much more success.
Discovering your full 34 strengths
West and Suhr claim to be “all 34 guys.” Although they believe in people discovering their top five strengths, they know that in order to truly understand yourself, you must uncover your full list of 34 strengths.
When many people see their full list of 34 strengths, they reflexively want to find a way to fix the strengths at the bottom of their lists. As a coach, it’s important to let individuals know that it’s okay to look at their bottom strengths, but that they shouldn’t try to master all 34. Instead individuals need to become aware of where all their strengths lie and how they can supplement their lesser strengths with their more prominent ones.
Brendan Suhr is recognized worldwide as a basketball coaching expert. He was a part of several of the greatest teams to play the game, including the back-to-back World Champion Detroit Piston “Bad Boys,” and the original Dream Team. Brendan's top 10 strengths: Maximizer | Individualization | Arranger | Strategic | Positivity | Relator | Woo | Achiever | Communication | Learner
Roy West, CEO of The Roy West Companies, is among the world’s foremost experts in the areas of Talent Management and Employee/Customer and Teacher/Student Engagement strategies and their impact on performance.