As strengths coaches, we know we get more by focusing on what is already within someone than on what is lacking. There is no dream sequence of themes or combination of talents that magically predicts success. This notion is true no matter the challenge. As a coach of entrepreneurs, I have discovered this reality first-hand. It is not our specific talents that make us successful, but how we use those talents in our business ventures. I work closely with two entrepreneurs, April McCrumb and John McDonald. Both have experienced phenomenal growth, received multiple awards and are highly regarded in their home states. To better understand how their talents led them to success, let’s take a closer look at their unique profiles.
The startup race isn’t always won by the swift. The slow and steady strategy was adopted by April McCrumb. In 2000, she and her husband, Steve, opened Catching Fireflies in downtown Berkley, Michigan, to sell April’s handmade paper products. It did really well, and they added an online business and opened a second store in a nearby town…then a third, and eventually a fourth. April and Steve have adapted their business models as buying habits changed, but stay true to their mission of “making days brighter.” For nine years in a row, they’ve won the esteemed Hour Detroit award for best gift shop. They have doubled their seven-figure gross sales since 2008.
What I love about both the StrengthsFinder and the EP10 is that they help me leverage my clients’ talents to make their dreams come true. And as a coach, this is my ideal picture of success. John is a comet zooming through the business world. April is a slow and steady business builder. If every startup was a comet, imagine the chaos. If every startup was a slow burn, the market would hunger for faster change. We need to identify and encourage both approaches to entrepreneurial success, because they bring balance. Every startup’s journey is different, and each deserves a strengths coach who can honor their unique view of success and deliver StrengthsFinder and EP10 knowledge to support them!
Maureen Electa Monte is a success architect based in Berkley, Michigan. She has a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Leadership & Business Ethics. She is certified to coach with Gallup’s Clifton Strengthsfinder Tool and Entrepreneurial Profile10 Tools, the Hay Group’s Emotional and Social Competency Inventory and is certified to teach Business Ethics. She has worked with the Clifton StrengthsFinder since 2006, and has helped over 15,000 individuals and teams achieve strengths-based success, including the launch of a global strengths movement in a Fortune 50 corporation.
Maureen's Top 5 Strengths are: Ideation, Strategic, Learner, Achiever and Individualization.
Maureen's EP10 Results: Knowledge-Seeker, Determination, Creative Thinker, Confidence, Relationship-Builder, Independent, Risk-Taker, Promoter, Delegator, Business Focus.