Strengths Coaching Blog

Thursday, April 30, 2015

[Recap] Coaching Transitioning Students and Retaking the Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment

A recap of Called to Coach: India Edition with Pradeep Vaishnav

On a recent episode of Called to Coach: India Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Pradeep Vaishnav.




Pradeep first discovered his strengths about 10 years ago. And although it’s not recommended, he retook the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment after the release of StrengthsFinder 2.0. He immediately found out that retaking the assessment wasn’t necessary as only one of his top five strengths had changed. Pradeep said that even though there was a slight shift in his top five, his supporting strengths remained consistent.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The One Question That Changed My Life

by Steven Beck

I spent a good amount of my 20s and 30s feeling lost. I was troubled by my uncertainty and my lack of focus and clarity about what I wanted to do when I grew up. I pursued and received my undergraduate in psychology, primarily because I was fascinated with what distinguishes one individual’s behavior from another. But even though I was gainfully employed, I still wasn’t sure how to use this fascination in the real world. 

From early on as a sales executive at Xerox, I would dream with a colleague about what we would really love to do if money was no object. My dream was to be a motivational speaker, which was crazy because I had no frame of reference or experience in the arena. I also quickly discounted it because of the travel involved, which didn’t sound too fun. I subscribed to Psychology Today and read every book I could get my hands on in a quest to sort out my purpose and my relentless drive to be my best at something. I truly wanted to believe anyone could do what they love and the money would follow. But, to be honest, I didn’t totally buy that line at the time. I mean, come on, what am I supposed to do? Get paid to listen to great speakers in the field of human performance who talk about their life lessons with inspiring stories? Tethered to this pursuit was this aching, gnawing feeling that I was not on track to do anything truly meaningful and fulfilling outside of my family life.

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.

Monday, April 20, 2015

[Recap] Called to Coach: Australia Edition With Murray Guest

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



Much of Murray’s work is with organizational leaders who are continually looking to keep employee engagement and retention as high as possible. In order to do this, he says it’s important to get leaders to focus on the strengths of their people, rather than trying to fill in the deficiency gaps. When leaders position employees into areas that don’t play to their strengths, it has a negative effect on their engagement levels, and can compromise the quality of their work.

Friday, April 17, 2015

[Recap] Theme Thursday: Discipline

On a recent Theme Thursday live webcast, we discussed the Discipline theme with Gallup Wellness Coordinator Ryan Wolf. Ryan’s top five strengths are Discipline, Achiever, Futuristic, Activator and Harmony.





People with strong Discipline talents love things that are organized and orderly. They meet deadlines. And they can efficiently manage limited resources. They bring a high level of organization, order and stability to the projects and groups in which they work.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Leveraging Strengths in Performance Review Conversations

By Tom Melanson & Stephen Shields

It has happened to many of us -- too many of us.

We sit down with our manager for that dreaded event: the performance review. After a few perfunctory remarks about our positive characteristics, or perhaps some comments about a project on which we worked that went particularly well, at about the six-minute mark we hear, “What I thought we might do for the remainder of our time together is to focus on how we can improve your performance and even attack some of those barriers that have been holding you back.” Joy.

Don Clifton, the creator of StrengthsFinder, once said, “What would happen if we studied what was right with people versus what’s wrong with people?” For you as a manager, focusing on your employees’ strengths is a powerful way to make the performance review conversation something the members of your team will look forward to rather than a yearly event that must be endured.

Friday, April 10, 2015

[Recap] Called to Coach: Singapore Edition With Tan Hee Guan

On a recent Called to Coach: Singapore Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Tan Hee Guan.



Hee Guan began his strengths journey about five years ago when he attended a strengths coaching course in Singapore. He said a big “ah-ha” moment for him came when he discovered that his commanding tendency wasn’t a character flaw, as he always believed. Rather, he learned that Command is a high talent for him, and when properly developed, would become one of his greatest strengths.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

[Recap] Called to Coach: Australia Edition With 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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

[Recap] Theme Thursday: Responsibility

On a recent Theme Thursday live webcast, we discussed the Responsibility theme with Gallup Inside Sales Professional Klare Veath. Klare’s top five strengths are Learner, Achiever, Input, Responsibility and Analytical.



People with strong Responsibility talents take psychological ownership for anything they commit to, whether it is large or small, and they feel emotionally bound to follow it through to completion. They keep their promises and honor their commitments. They don’t let people down, and they work very hard to fulfill all of their responsibilities and keep their word.

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