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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

[Recap] The Future of Exchange with Paul Allen

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup's Strengths Evangelist, Paul Allen.

In this Called to Coach, Paul runs through the steps that Gallup continues to take to support the strengths movement and strengths coaches in their efforts to bring strengths to individuals and teams around the world. Gallup is pushing for every StrengthsFinder customer to get coaching, they don’t want people to stop at the assessment. Paul loves big ideas and he knows it’s a huge commitment to build Exchange as a sustainable model that helps millions of people get coaching from our certified coaches. He assures there is sustained effort from dozens of Gallup employees to getting Exchange off the ground.

Gallup has started sending leads to the coaches on Exchange. Currently, Exchange offers 12 different coaching categories: career, executive, faith, leadership, management, marriage and relationship, parenting, personal development, family, life, team, and sales team coaching. Gallup will monitor when a person comes to Exchange for the first time and see which of those categories they click the most. And Gallup will be sharing the information in the strengths coaches monthly newsletters and on Called to Coach webcasts. Exchange will also feature session prep tools, to hopefully save coaches hours of prep when they are going into an individual or team coaching session.

Paul takes a look at the big picture, where strengths coaching started, where it is today and where it’s heading in the future. Paul doesn’t have Context in his top strengths, but with his background in he’s spent a lot of time searching historical records and walking down memory lanes. He recently looked on, a website devoted to archiving internet history, to see if they captured what looked like when it began many years ago. It reminds him that Gallup Exchange is in early beta, and that we hope to continue to improve this system through constant updates over time and from feedback from our coaches and customers.

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Paul Allen, Gallup's Strengths Evangelist, partners with leaders worldwide to transform companies, government and nonprofit organizations by increasing engagement and well-being with a strengths-based approach. he presents to audiences around the world on the rise of the "strengths movement" and how learning and using strengths can transform individuals, team, organizations and communities, helping them achieve long-term, positive outcomes.

Paul's Top 5 Strengths are: Learner, Input, Ideation, Intellection and Strategic.

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