Strengths Coaching Blog

Thursday, April 7, 2016

[Recap] Entrepreneurial Strengths on Campus at the University of Nebraska -- Lincoln

On a recent Called to Coach: EP10 Edition, we spoke to Gallup Learning and Development Senior Consultant, Mark Pogue.








Mark works on campus at the University of Nebraska -- Lincoln, where he is an integral part of Clifton Strengths Institute at the College of Business. Mark conducts a class for all incoming business students. The class introduces students to the University and the College of Business, but moreover, it contains a strong strengths component. All students in the class take Clifton StrengthsFinder. Then, each student has two one-on-one sessions with a specially trained college strengths coach. These coaches are usually upperclassmen and serve as mentors for the younger students. In the fall, over 800 business students will take this class. Right now, Mark is busy finding and training 80 new college strengths coaches so they can handle the large influx of students in the fall. 

This class also introduces students to the Clifton Builder Program: a 12 credit hour program for motivated business students. Students who complete this program receive a certificate and an impressive program to list on future resumes. In the Clifton Builder Program, there are three tracks. The first focuses on identifying and building the skills of entrepreneurs. Students in this track take the EP10 assessment and explore the entrepreneurial world. These students have an affinity for risk. As Mark said, "In one class, we asked students whether they would jump off of a cliff or if they would need to study the risks of jumping first. The entrepreneurs jump without hesitation." 

Visit Gallup Strengths Center to browse our myriad of products and learning opportunities for strengths-based development, especially our EP10 products and offerings.

Visit the CliftonStrengths Summit to register for our groundbreaking Summit on all things Strengths from July 18-20, 2016.

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Mark Pogue is a Learning and Development Senior Consultant at Gallup. His mission is to create a world where all students lead successful and self-directed lives, empowered by knowing their talents and how to apply them at work and in life. Since joining the company in 2000, Mark has served as a consultant and speaker on building a strengths-based organization for colleges and universities, K-12 schools and districts and Fortune 500 companies.

Mark's Top 5 Strengths are: Self-Assurance, Activator, Ideation, Intellection and Command. 

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