Strengths Coaching Blog

Friday, September 30, 2016

[Recap] 2016 CliftonStrengths Summit Series -- The Spark That Started a Thriving Church Community

On a recent Called to Coach: CliftonStrengths Summit 2016 Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Stephanie Moore. These webcasts will highlight some of the best and most popular sessions from the CliftonStrengths Summit.







Stephanie Moore is a co-director with Catholic Life and Faith, a partner with Bridges Leadership development process and a founding member of Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community.  Stephanie led a session at the 2016 CliftonStrengths Summit on being a steward of your strengths. Stephanie asked Father Bill Hanson to join her on this episode of Called to Coach to share his story that led to Stephanie’s learnings about CliftonStrengths. Father Bill Hanson is pastor at St. Gerad Majella in Port Jefferson Station, NY. He was first introduced to strengths in 2002 when invited to a Gallup conference to learn about congregational engagement. At the time, Father Bill’s congregation was wondering why new people weren’t joining the church and why the members weren’t staying or getting involved.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Right Strengths for a Manager

By Maika Leibbrandt 

After she read her full 34, it all made sense. No wonder this new role was killing her. She just didn’t have the right strengths to manage people…or so she thought.

Layla was a successful engineer. Leading with Intellection, Strategic and Responsibility, she could think deeply about a problem and work tirelessly toward a solution. But her recent promotion to people manager left her feeling directionless. Discovering Discipline and Command to be lesser themes gave her a language to describe what she felt she lacked, but desperately needed.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

[Recap] From the Locker Room to the Conference Room

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Maureen Electa Monte. 





Maureen Electa Monte was first introduced to strengths in a leadership class in 2006. She immediately started using strengths with her own grad students, with a focus on teams. She recently authored the book “Destination Unstoppable”, which discusses a model for leading, accelerating and fully harnessing the talent on a team. She is able to ignite the chemistry on teams by helping them understand their own and each teammate’s CliftonStrengths. Providing a renewed energy and optimism. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

[GWSW] Significance: Champion, Change Agent and Advocate

People with strong Significance talents want others to see their worth. They want to be recognized, heard and valued. Particularly, they want to be known and appreciated for the unique strengths they bring. They seek to have an impact on people, groups and society as a whole. They want their contributions viewed as substantial, powerful and significant. They are motivated by their intense yearning to be recognized, and as a result, they keep reaching. Their Significance theme pulls them upward, away from the mediocre and toward the exceptional. People with significance are lead by a desire to leave a legacy. They want to be seen and noticed for meaningful work. They are attracted to evidence-based work. People with strong significance can be described as a champion, a change agent or an advocate. 

Please register for our Significance Webcast on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Download the Companion Guide for our Significance webcast here to follow along with the show!






Friday, September 23, 2016

[Restorative S2] A Solution Mindset to Daily Problems

On this Theme Thursday Season Two webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Gallup Advanced Learning and Development Consultant discussed the theme of Restorative.




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People exceptionally strong in Restorative are adept at dealing with problems. They enjoy figuring out what is wrong and resolving it. Restorative wants to take something that’s broken and bring it back to its’ original glory. Strong restorative brings a solution mindset to daily problems, readily taking on problems others think can’t be solved. They analyze situations, identify shortcomings and make the necessary adjustments to resolve things. It is an executing theme, that says “I’m in the problem and I’m moving the problem towards a solution.” It has a forward progression to it.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

[Recap] Coaching the Unseen: The Johari Window

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup's Talent Development Architect, Dean Jones. 





On this edition of Called to Coach, Dean discusses the Johari window. The Johari window is a technique used to help people better understand their relationship with themselves and others. The intent of the technique is to provide more self-awareness and to help people see their blind spots. Part of strengths coaching is exactly that, expanding people’s self-awareness to achieve breakthrough growth. The Johari window is also a great model to use on yourself as a strengths coach -- to think through your own development and blind spots.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Well-Being, Happiness and Strengths: The Full Circle

by Deb Cake Fortin and John Gregory Vincent

It may be tempting to look at well-being without considering happiness, but both research and experience demonstrate a strong correlation. It only makes sense that we are much more likely to be happy if we are in good health, but what if happiness in and of itself actually contributes to better health? And what contribution do strengths play in all of this? Gallup research tells us that people who focus on strengths are three times more likely to report a high quality of life than those who do not. Focusing on our strengths makes us happier than focusing on our weaknesses. Perhaps this is a reason happiness leads to higher levels of well-being.

Imagine what happens if operating with your strengths, both in business and your personal life, has a direct impact on happiness and therefore well-being. If it could be diagrammed, it would be a full circle. Focus on strengths -- happier in life -- a higher quality of life and well-being -- deeper focus on strengths, and the cycle continues. How powerful would that be? Let’s start by exploring what it would look like if we were unhappy at work. The Mayo Clinic, in an article on work-life balance, said people who are unhappy at work experience fatigue, poor heath and lost time with family. It is almost impossible to think this type of work experience does not bleed over into all aspects of your life. Hours feel like days, and your misery at work keeps you from focusing on friends and family. See how it affects personal life? Unhappiness at work has an effect on your health. You simply cannot separate the two.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

[Recap] 2016 CliftonStrengths Summit Series - Generating New Business Through Public Speaking

On a recent Called to Coach: CliftonStrengths Summit 2016 Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Brent O'Bannon. These webcasts will highlight some of the best and most popular sessions from the CliftonStrengths Summit.







Brent's mission is mobilizing entreprenurial leaders so they can maximize and use their strengths every day and then, finding a strategy to monetize those strengths. Brent splits his time between keynote speaking engagements and coaching coaches, individuals and teams. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Network Marketing: Duplication Works Better When You Focus on Strengths

by Jeremie Brecheisen


In network marketing, experts claim duplication is the key to success. This means getting builders on your team who duplicate your efforts, people who advocate for your cause and speak positively about what you do. But what, exactly, are you duplicating? 

Are you trying to duplicate your closing style at classes? Are you trying to duplicate your way of connecting with others through text blitzing or blogging? 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

[GWSW] Restorative: Finding the Root of the Problem

Those with strong Restorative talents bring a solution-oriented mindset to daily problems. They readily take on projects that others believe “can’t be saved.” They can analyze a situation, identify potential shortcomings, and make the necessary adjustments. Individuals with high Restorative talents tend to be more comfortable with problems than others, and they have the ability to find the root of a problem. The motivating factor for finding the origin of a problem is the subsequent quest to land on a solution. This is why the Restorative theme falls into the Executing domain. Having strong Restorative talents doesn’t necessarily mean that an individual is actively anticipating problems. But when a problem arises, they are quick to react confidently. 


Please register for our Restorative webcast on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Download the Companion Guide for our Restorative webcast here to follow along with the show!





Friday, September 2, 2016

[Responsibility S2] Do You Act Out of Guilt or Joy?

On this Theme Thursday Season Two webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Gallup Advanced Learning and Development Consultant discussed the theme of Responsibility.




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The genius of people with Responsibility stems from their deep sense of dedication and ownership. If they say they will do something, they might as well tattoo it on their forehead – because they have a psychological ownership of their responsibilities. People exceptionally talented in Responsibility are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty. It’s an executing theme that brings a promise to any given task. Other people can rely and trust on Responsibility, and they enjoy receiving the follow-through.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Building Hope through Strengths

by Brian Brim Ed.D.

In our first blog, we introduced you to the four needs of followers based on Gallup’s bestselling book, Strengths Based Leadership. In this series we are looking at the four needs of followers -- trust, compassion, stability and hope -- and how leaders should be thinking about these needs based on their strengths. So far we have explored trust, compassion and stability. For this final blog, we will focus on hope.

Building a sense of hope for employees is absolutely essential to the sustainable success of an organization. Companies face more and more complexity and change as a part of doing business. With complexity often comes confusion and with confusion, disengagement. Hope helps employees to see a way forward when facing uncertainty. When asked whether their company’s leadership made them feel enthusiastic about the future, 69% of employees who strongly agreed were engaged, compared with just 1% who disagreed or strongly disagreed. Hope is a powerful thing.

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