Strengths Coaching Blog

Thursday, October 22, 2015

[Recap] Fixing the Square Peg in a Round Hole with Strengths

On a recent Called to Coach: India Edition, we spoke with Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, Anand Pillai.









During his career, Anand has held many high-powered management and human capital positions, including Chief Learning Officer of one of India's largest employers. Well before he knew about the Clifton StrengthsFinder, Anand saw the value in focusing on what was right with people when trying to manage and coach them to be more productive and engaged in their work.

Anand often found that people were disengaged at work because they were not the right fit for their role. He described these folks as, "A square peg in a round hole." When he discovered the Clifton StrengthsFinder, Anand incorporated the assessment into his coaching. This significantly helped his disengaged employees use their strengths to mold the role to their talents, or helped them find a different role that better fit their strengths. Anand witnessed how transformative these changes were for the employees he managed and coached. They no longer dreaded work, and instead found enjoyment in their roles.

In addition to helping individuals, Anand also enjoys coaching teams of people and large companies. He often uses strengths grids to teach these teams about their strengths dynamics. He frequently finds that teams are lacking strengths in one of the theme domains: Relationship Building, Strategic thinking, Influencing and Executing. He teaches these teams to build and grow in the domains where they have strengths. Anand also shows them how they can collaborate successfully with other teams that have strengths they themselves are lacking. He tells them, "This is what you are -- you are not weak in one area. Rather, you have others that you can collaborate with and rely upon." Anand explains that each team is unique and they can use their strengths together to accomplish anything.
To hear more about Anand and his coaching experiences and expertise, watch the video above.

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Anand Pillai, is the Managing Director of Leadership Matters Inc., a company focusing on building an Entrepreneurial culture in organizations. In addition, Anand is a Leadership Coach and for the past 17 years -- a Strengths Performance Coach. Now, Anand is a full-fledged Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Anand's focus is on ensuring that clients lift their performance skills and behaviors, apply world best management practices and hold individuals accountable for their own learning and development. Each coaching session is underpinned with improving the bottom line.
  
Anand's top five strengths: Strategic | Communication | Significance | Activator | Command.

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