Strengths Coaching Blog

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What About Weakness?

By Maika Leibbrandt, Gallup Learning and Development Consultant

Just like doctors answer lots of questions about illness, I find as a teacher of strengths coaches, I am ironically asked quite a bit about weakness. It’s important to understand where weakness plays into the purpose and power of strengths coaching, and I believe there are three important steps to truly mastering this concept. 

Let go of the idea that a theme can be a weakness. StrengthsFinder themes are like Switzerland -- neutral. While not particularly helpful in a game of Risk, they can be relied upon to be neither good nor bad, but simply naturally recurring patterns which, when applied and understood, can help us succeed. Remember, themes don’t make people ineffective. People make people ineffective.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Recap: The Great Manager With Jerry Rudzinski

On the last The Great Manager webcast, we talked to Jerry Rudzinski, Director of Sales, Stryker Patient Handling.



Friday, October 17, 2014

Called to Coach Recap – India Edition: Samir Parikh

On the latest Called to Coach: India Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Samir Parikh.



Friday, October 10, 2014

The Surprising Benefits of Creating Coaching Partnerships

By Sarah Robinson

I’ve always been impressed with great business partnerships. Steven Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Orville and Wilbur Wright are just of few examples of partnerships that have profoundly impacted us as a society. As an individual who has managed her own business for more than 20 years, I usually fly solo when consulting or coaching. I cannot say the choice to work alone has been 100% intentional. Honestly, over the last two decades the opportunity to partner with others has presented itself very infrequently. However, in the last twelve months -- a date that without coincidence correlates perfectly with the date I became a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach -- I’ve found myself seeking out coaching partnerships and being sought out as a partner.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Recap -- Theme Thursday: Restorative
(Sept. 25, 2014)

On the last Theme Thursday, we discussed the Restorative theme with Gallup Learning and Development Consultants Angela James and Curt Liesveld. 

Those with strong Restorative talents bring a solution-oriented mindset to daily problems. They readily take on projects that others believe “can’t be saved.” They can analyze a situation, identify potential shortcomings, and make the necessary adjustments.



Friday, October 3, 2014

Agenda-Free Coaching


No Plan? No Problem!

By Al Winseman, D.Min., Senior Learning and Development Consultant, Gallup

One of the most exciting things for me about strengths coaching is that I can honestly say I have no idea what’s going to happen in that hour. Now, you might think that for someone with low Adaptability, the unpredictable nature of the coaching conversation would be riddled with anxiety. I find it is far from that. It’s exhilarating and keeps me in the game. I don’t have an agenda for coaching -- and I believe that, more often than not, my lack of a plan is beneficial to my clients.

Let me explain.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Called to Coach Recap: Maika Leibbrandt
(Sept. 19, 2014)

On the latest episode of Called to Coach, we hosted Senior Education Consultant Maika Leibbrandt. Maika partners with leaders to improve the engagement of their followers and customers all over the world.



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