Strengths Coaching Blog

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gallup’s Called to Coach Recap: Debbie Marriott

(Sept. 18, 2013)


Last week’s guest coach was Debbie Marriott. Debbie has worked with over 500 clients in education, hospitality, and staff supervision and support. She began her career helping homeless people in the London projects, spending eight years helping those in need. During that time, she discovered an awareness of her self at work. She became deliberate in her work and was cognizant of how her actions affected those around her.
When Debbie first came across the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, she instantly fell in love with it. For the first time in her life, she was aware of what she did best. During most of her life, knowing her greatest strengths wasn’t something that was obvious to Debbie. She knew she possessed these traits, but she didn’t know what they meant. The Clifton StrengthsFinder gave her a language in which to describe and justify her greatest talents. This was Debbie’s call to coach.


Growing With Strengths
Within Debbie’s top five strengths is Command. When she first discovered her strengths, this made perfect sense to her. Growing up, she was often called bossy and was accused of taking over too often. As a result, she spent most of her life trying to avoid being herself. Upon discovering her strengths, Debbie felt a sense of relief when she realized that her tendency to take charge was actually one of her greatest strengths. She quickly began to leverage that particular talent in her everyday life.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

”But What I Really Want to Do Is Direct!”

By Lisa Peterson, Managing Consultant & Executive Coach for HRBruin LLC. Lisa will join Gallup as a Senior Practice Expert in November of this year.

I had lunch the other day with a very successful and talented Broadway producer. While he shared with me his latest theatrical endeavors, I was struck by how many different kinds of work he was leading. As CEO of his own portfolio of businesses, he wears many different hats, including producer of musicals, playwright on occasion, investor development, people-leader, Broadway spokesperson, blogger and mentor, strategist, and creative consultant to others in his field. He told me that he had recently taken a big step to bring on a #2 — a chief operating officer. When I asked him what the impetus was for this big decision, that would add cost and reduce his control, he said, “I need to focus on putting my talents into what will drive my business forward the best.” His Maximizer was definitely showing and it was exciting. He also talked about wanting to be able to spend more time on the inventive and creative activities — the “what if” scenarios — and the cool ways to shape the Broadway of the future, drive social media and technology from other industries into Broadway, and help build the Broadway audience of tomorrow. When I probed him more closely, he told me this was the stuff that energized him the most. He was glad to give up the things that de-energized him and that others could do better, and he was willing to abdicate some control in exchange for the freedom to do the “sexy” things that would make his own business and Broadway great.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Gallup’s Called to Coach Recap: Paul Allen
(Aug. 29, 2013)


Last week’s guest coach was Paul Allen, Gallup’s Strengths Evangelist. He co-founded Ancestry.com 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.
You may also listen to an Audio Recording of this event.

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.