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Thursday, December 15, 2016

[Recap] Finding the Right Talent With CliftonStrengths






On a recent Called to Coach: India Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Annadurai Vinayagam.

Annadurai is a finance professional with 33 years of experience. He currently handles talent mobility from India to the Middle East, as well as coaching and mentoring for Sodexo. When he became head of HR in 2003 his mentor gave him the book “First, Break All the Rules” and “Now, Discover Your Strengths”. He took the StrengthsFinder assessment in 2005. He coached hundreds of people before becoming a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, but he still had lots of questions which were answered in his Gallup coaching course. In his course, he gained more confidence in his coaching abilities and learned deeper insights into strengths and the raw vs. mature.


Later, Anna took the 360, which strongly boosted his strengths journey. Meeting deadlines came up as something that needed some work in his 360. He looked at his themes and realized he needed to find someone with complimentary themes to balance him out and meet deadlines. Anna has also been successful at using CliftonStrengths to help find the right talent for his company. His industry is growing fast so it’s not always easy to find people with a high level of experience. So instead, they focus on finding people with the right talent and then help them learn about the industry. Anna suggests coaching someone for a few sessions to get to know them before deploying the CliftonStrengths assessment. It has been very effective for him.

To hear more about how Annadurai uses strengths to enhance people's lives, please watch the video or listen to the audio above.


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Anna has been with Sodexo for 22 years, his current role is Talent Mobility from India to Middle East and Africa, and Coach/Mentor for potential leaders within the organization. As a finance professional (Chartered Accountant), he has worked across manufacturing and services sector for the past 33 years. Anna was IMO (Integration Management Officer) for two successive acquisitions for Sodexo in India between 2009 to 2015, driving change leading to successful mergers. His experience almost covers all spheres of HR practice which includes leadership hiring, change management, proactive industrial relations and coaching.


Annadurai’s Top 5 strengths are: Strategic | Individualization | Ideation | Developer | Maximizer

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