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On a recent episode of Called to Coach, we hosted Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Dan Shundoff.
A majority of Dan’s work with strengths has typically centered on entrepreneurship, beginning with Gallup’s Entrepreneurial Acceleration System (EAS) and now Gallup’s Entrepreneurial Profile 10 (EP10).
Gallup’s EP10 assessment gives individuals a breakdown of dominance for each of 10 entrepreneurial talents. Dan emphasizes that you don’t need to be dominant in all 10 talents to be a successful entrepreneur. When he encounters individuals who want to be entrepreneurs, but who don’t necessarily have the talents to be successful on their own, Dan helps them understand the importance of viewing their talents in the context of others. By doing this, people are more likely to create purposeful partnerships and collaborate with others who have complementary talents.
Dan gets a thrill from conducting speaking engagements -- large group presentations where he guides dozens of people through educational workshops. Still, though, he says he gets more out of intimate group sessions where he facilitates conversations with a small number of people. He credits this preference to his Relator theme. This is why it’s important for strengths coaches to become fully aware of their talents. Not only will it better serve your clients, but you’ll also be able to make more purposeful decisions for yourself.
To hear more about Dan and how he uses strengths to help people live happier, more productive lives, watch the full video above.
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Dan is a 20-year veteran CEO in the technology services sector.He brings unique experiences and deep insights to strengths-based coaching for individuals, teams, managers and entire organizations committed to improving their performance. Before becoming one of the first group of graduates from Gallup’s Accelerated Strengths Coaching course, Dan led a successful implementation of several Gallup sciences within his own organization, including StrengthsFinder, Employee Engagement (Q12) and Customer Engagement (CE11).