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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Recap -- Theme Thursday: Command

(April 24, 2014)

In case you missed it, last week on Theme Thursday we took a deep dive into the Command theme with the help of Gallup’s Curt Liesveld and Dr. Al Winseman.

People with strong Command bring decisiveness and emotional clarity. They have the ability to bring to light what is often avoided or unstated. This gives them the ability to resolve conflicts and misunderstandings.






Those who have Command as one of their top five strengths might feel that they are especially unique, and they should. Only 5% of people in Gallup’s strengths database have Command as one of their top five strengths -- the lowest of all 34 Clifton StrengthsFinder themes.

Friday, April 25, 2014

The How

Written by Becky JB Hammond MBA, MHSM, Founder, Isogo and a
GALLUP® Trained Strengths Coach

Article based on research from Dr. Angela Robles, President/Founder, Forza Institute


They are both elite. They have performed and excelled at the highest levels of the sport. They have both journeyed from childhood to adulthood to succeed in the most excellent and demanding echelons of the game. By this, they have joined a class of athlete that is reserved for only the most talented and strong.

Both of them are repeat Olympic gold medalists. Both of them are two to three time NCAA All-Americans. Both of them have multiple National Championships. Both of them played 1st base in the Pac 10 conference. Both of them adore the game of softball.

What they achieved is remarkably similar. It is how they achieved it where their stories dramatically diverge. Each of them used their uniqueness to get themselves to a place of greatness.

Dr. Angela Robles once wondered whether all elite athletes share a common set of strengths that distinguishes them from the competition and leads them to excel. As a three-time ASA National Champion and former Division 1 softball pitcher for the University of Notre Dame, professional athlete, and later an NCAA coach herself, Dr. Robles could not help but question what “ideal” strengths would look like in the sport of softball. Herself a relational powerhouse and self-described “hugger” of the team, she wondered if she were an outlier or part of the norm.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Called to Coach Recap: Joe Bertotto
(April 18, 2014)

Last week on Called to Coach, we featured Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Joe Bertotto.





Joe discovered his strengths in 2004 while working for one of Gallup’s clients. He had the opportunity to attend the Great Manager program, which not only gave him insights into his own strengths, but allowed him to see the power of strengths in other individuals and teams.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Recap: The Great Manager With Mike McDonald
(April 15, 2014)

The Great Manager webcast series compiles information and experiences from years of teaching managers how to be their best. We’re tapping some of the best, most effective managers we know to share with us what makes them great. In the first installment of The Great Manager webcast, we hosted Dr. Mike McDonald, a performance manager for Gallup’s outbound interviewing centers.





Mike started his career in broadcast journalism. Although he had aspirations of being a reporter or anchor, he found that he was at his best when he was behind the camera, producing, or directing. He quickly realized that his skills would be more beneficial if he could create ideal conditions for the people in front of the camera.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Recap -- Called to Coach: Southeast Asia Edition

(April 13, 2014)

The last Called to Coach: Southeast Asia Edition featured Gallup Senior Consultant, Robyn Reilly.





Robyn discovered her strengths while working for one of Gallup’s clients in New Zealand, understanding for the first time why she did things a certain way. Whether at work or in her personal life, Robyn always finds herself trying to relate everything she does to her strengths. Strengths not only help her understand why she is doing something, they also help her figure out how she can accomplish tasks more efficiently and effectively.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Recap -- Theme Thursday: Self-Assurance
(April 10, 2014)

People with strong Self-Assurance talents can lead the way. Because they deeply trust their own instincts, they can forge ahead confidently, even on risky paths. They can instill confidence in others and show initiative in the midst of turbulence and uncertainty.

On the last Theme Thursday, Gallup Learning and Development Consultant Rod Karr joined Curt Liesveld to discuss what makes the Self-Assurance theme unique and how it can be applied to real-life situations.





Curt describes Self-Assurance as “an internal confidence to try, even though external uncertainty exists.” People with Self-Assurance have a unique ability to trust their own instincts. They often “go with their gut,” trusting their intuition with the confidence to know what is right.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Using Your Talents to Balance Work and Home

By Sarah Robinson, FRESH Concepts, Inc.

Balance is difficult to achieve since it’s influenced by many issues. Our strengths, our values, our current and future goals all impact how we gauge when we are in balance or losing our equilibrium. My top strengths include Competition, Maximizer, Achiever, Activator, and Significance, so it’s not surprising that I’m a hard worker who puts her all into everything she has on her to do list. Yes, I want to win, but that drive is fueled by my desire to be the best that I can be. As one of the first Gallup-Certified Strengths Coaches, I’ve relished recent opportunities to help organizations and individuals go from good to great. I’ve been able to flex my strengths in new ways that, in the past, I had only dreamed might be possible.

But, like most people, there have been times when I’ve felt overwhelmed and unsure if I can keep the many balls I’m juggling in the air. I wear many hats, including business owner, college professor, wife, mother of three children, community volunteer, daughter, sister, friend...the list goes on almost indefinitely. There have been too many days in my 46 years when I’ve worried that I am shortchanging someone or something.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Called to Coach Recap: Dr. Angela Robles
(April 4, 2014)

Last week on Called to Coach, we featured Dr. Angela Robles, founder of Forza Institute. Angela has developed her coaching practice to specialize in building sport teams around each individual’s strengths.





Growing up in a sports-oriented family and having played sports at a high level herself, Angela’s athletic experience helped her realize the power strengths could have within sport teams. Although she was constantly competing in sports, Angela doesn’t have the Competition theme in her top five. She became aware that it wasn’t the competition that drove her love for sports, it was the team environment and camaraderie that she was hooked on, which was ignited by her Woo theme.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bounce Back! Coaching Resilience Through Strengths

By Ian Pettigrew

I've met a number of people who would describe themselves as “burned out,” and even more people who've taken time off work due to stress or anxiety. It isn't a pleasant place to be, and a frightening response is often, "I didn't see it coming." I don't believe that is always true, so let’s highlight what can be done to avoid burnout.

I see resilience -- our own personal “bounce-back ability” -- as being a bit like a tennis ball. We will get squeezed by external pressure, but if we are resilient we bounce back to our former shape when the pressure is no longer there. A lack of resilience can be illustrated by a table tennis (or pingpong) ball that, in response to enough pressure, will change shape and stay crunched even once the source of pressure has been removed.

There are many things that we can do to develop and sustain our resilience, and these will be different for each person. They might include new healthy habits (whether physical, mental, or emotional), or things we need to address at home or work. Identifying these is an important step, but isn't very helpful unless we actually implement them and along with an awareness of strengths. This helps us tailor an individual plan that plays to strengths and is more likely to be implemented.

Friday, April 4, 2014

About My “Journey to the Moon”… I Decided to Take the Train!


By Connie Gildersleeve
This blog article is a follow-up to Putting a Man on the Moon: Confessions of a Beginning Strengths Coach, written by Connie before she attended a Gallup coaching course. In this article, Connie shares her thoughts after completing the course.

I did it! I buckled myself into my Chrysler Town & Country rocket ship and continued my journey toward becoming a strengths coach by driving to Omaha and attending the “Successful Strengths Coaching” class at Gallup University. As mentioned in my previous blog post, I had a bit of anxiety about whether I was properly prepared for my first coaching class. Truth is, everything you need is more than provided for, upon your arrival!

The atmosphere was much as I expected, a room full of positive energy from classmates waiting to dive right into the StrengthsFinder pool of knowledge! A variety of residents from other states and occupations were represented in this particular group, which I valued a great deal as we all shared “strengths” experiences from our own walks of life. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Recap -- Theme Thursday: Deliberative
(March 27, 2014)

People with strong Deliberative talents bring a thorough and conscientious approach to their endeavors. They have the ability to reduce risk and prevent problems through natural anticipation and careful thought. As a result, they tend to make outstanding decisions.

On the last Theme Thursday, we sat down with Gallup’s Curt Liesveld to focus our attention on the Deliberative theme. Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Dian Christian also joined us, as she proudly holds Deliberative in her top five strengths.





People with high Deliberative have a keen awareness and sensitivity to risk. This drives them to be careful decision-makers, constantly striving to prevent adverse things from happening.
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