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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Gallup Called to Coach: Donald Jessep

On a recent Called to Coach: Australia Edition we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Donald Jessep.

Donald’s drive to facilitate engagement within organizations came when he was a young boy working on his father’s farm. He noticed that the other workers weren’t very engaged, and he saw that it all started with their boss -- his father. Although he didn’t know it at the time, this was Donald’s call to coach.

Donald says strategic strengths partnerships are key to efficiently and effectively accomplishing goals. What he means by a strategic strengths partnership is working with someone who has a certain strength that might not be as high for you. This helps fill in the areas in which you may struggle, while your strengths do the same for your partner.

Helping others develop their strengths doesn’t happen overnight. Discovering your top talents is nearly instantaneous after completing the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. But growing those talents into strengths takes a lot of deliberate development. Each person is different, and for some the road to developing strengths can be a long haul. Donald says to be patient and to not  try to rush the results.

To hear more about Donald and his coaching experiences and expertise, watch the video above.

Visit Gallup Strengths Center to browse our myriad products and learning opportunities for strengths-based development.

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Donald started his working life as a farmer, and then owned two businesses in Auckland over a 20-year span. For the last 14 years he has been a full-time enterprise facilitator. He has a practical approach and is able to mix and match tools and frameworks to ensure relevancy.

Donald’s top five strengths: Connectedness | Strategic | Includer | Activator | Maximizer.

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