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Thursday, July 7, 2016

[Recap] Identity, Permission, Courage and Generosity in Strengths

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Michael Dauphinee.







Michael identifies as a Gen Xer and as such said he was surrounded by books that provided a map, "Seven steps to this, or four ways to make a path." But, what Michael often found is that his path lead to a place the authors of those books had never been. He was in unknown territory. Michael said he didn't need a map, but rather a compass -- something that would show him the way no matter where he was. This compass was the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. 


Michael has structured his thoughts on how the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment can shape a person's life into four areas: Identity, Permission, Courage and Generosity. First, strengths give us insight into the core of who we are. Second, since strengths come from a place of authority -- Gallup's extensive science -- they give people permission to be who they are and the permission to be extraordinary. Third, once people know their strengths, they have the courage to be themselves. And finally, strengths lead us to see how we can impact the world -- and to develop a way to live generously and contribute to the world. 

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

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

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Michael is a coach, author and speaker. For more than a decade he has devoted his life to helping people around the world understand their strengths and their direct impact on leadership, employee engagement and life. After founding The Dauphinee Group Inc. in 2006 on client demand for his unique Clifton StrengthsFinder Discovery retreats, Michael expanded his product, message and reach to a wide portfolio of clients and high-potential individuals. Whether coaching in the executive suites of Chrysler, United Way, or the NFL, or teaching leadership at AIDS clinics in Nigeria, the Afghan National Assembly, or the US State Department, the level of focus and passion is the same.  

Michael's Top 5 Strengths are: Communication, Command, Activator, Positivity and WOO.

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