Strengths Coaching Blog

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Complimentary Partnerships and Coaching Youth

A recap of Called to Coach with Jennifer Selke.

On a recent episode of Called to Coach, we hosted Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Jennifer Selke.





Jennifer has been studying strengths since her first job as a manager when she oversaw a youth center for the U.S. Air Force in England. Additionally, she has always had an interest in helping adults adapt in the workplace, from discovering and developing their strengths, to becoming consciously aware of their weaknesses.

A graduate of Gallup’s Accelerated Strengths Coaching Course, Jennifer applies her strengths coaching knowledge to the summer camp she runs. Each summer, at the University of California at Berkeley, she administers the Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment to attendees in grades nine and up. The camp attendees then receive individualized coaching to help them develop their strengths throughout the summer.

When collaborating with others, Jennifer said it’s important to find complementary partnerships. Partnering with someone who has a similar set of talents may seem like a more productive approach. But when you collaborate with someone whose talents are different than yours, it creates a symbiotic partnership in which each individual’s talents help fill in the other’s deficiencies. 

To learn more about Jennifer and how she uses strengths to help people live happier, more productive lives, watch the full video above.

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Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and is also a Licensed Educational Psychologist. Since 2003, she has used Gallup’s strengths-based management model to run one of the country's largest summer camp programs at her alma mater, employing about 150 high school and college students each summer. Jennifer is an expert on the millennial generation, culture, trends, latest research, future implications, employee engagement, motivation, retention, and their workplace adaptation. 

Jennifer's top five strengths: Learner | Maximizer | Relator | Self-Assurance | Individualization.

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