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Sunday, January 31, 2016

[GWSW] Analytical: Seeking an Objective Understanding of the World

Analytical seeks an objective understanding of the world from data and facts. If something isn't measurable, Analytical will try to make it measurable. People with Analytical seek the essence of a subject. They can easily identify patterns and root causes. Their mantra might be, "Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler."

On this Theme Thursday webcast, we discussed the Analytical theme with Nate Dvorak, Gallup Researcher in Predictive Analytics. Nate's top five strengths are Individualization, Strategic, Ideation, Futuristic and Analytical.

Please register for our Analytical Webcast on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Please download the Theme Thursday Companion Guide for Analytical here to follow along with the show!









Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Building a Strengths-Based nonprofit Board: The Board Retreat


by Casandra Fritzche

Roughly a decade ago, I attended my first nonprofit board retreat. Instantly, I was struck by the contradiction that something that ultimately creates so much comfort and good in the world could also cause so much pain. There had to be a better way, and a focus on strengths was the answer.

For those of you unfamiliar with this time-honored tradition, a board retreat is usually some sort of strategic planning lock-in, typically featuring the board of directors and executive leadership. Sometimes it takes two hours, other times it takes a weekend. My first event lasted 10 excruciating hours, sprinkled with mini-sub sandwiches and lukewarm coffee by the gallon. The retreat kicked off immediately upon entering the classroom, as introductions and greetings were a luxury time could not afford. After plowing through agenda items and creating a list of next steps, the dreaded sign-up sheet was distributed. With visible hesitation, each board member copied their name next to planning committees, fundraising events and community initiatives. Did every board member sign up to volunteer? Yes. Did every board member want to? No. The discomfort was palpable.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

[GWSW] Adaptability: The Future One Choice at a Time

This week for GWSW, we will focus on the theme of Adaptability. People with strong Adaptability talents live in the moment. They don’t see the future as a fixed destination. Instead, they see it as a place that they can create out of the choices they make right now. They discover their future one choice at a time. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have plans. But their Adaptability talents enable them to respond willingly to the demands of the moment, even if circumstances pull them away from their plans. They don’t resent sudden requests or unforeseen detours. They expect them.

 On this Theme Thursday webcast, we discussed the Adaptability theme with Gallup Contract Services Administrator Scott Wright. Scott’s top five strengths are Arranger, Responsibility, Adaptability, Harmony and Communication.

Please register for our Adaptability Webcast on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Please download the Theme Thursday Companion Guide for Adaptability here to follow along with the show!
Do you have a favorite post about the Adaptability Theme?  Post the link on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/calledtocoach/ and make sure you share this post with your followers.
On Twitter, use #Adaptability all week to highlight your posts. Let's get it trending worldwide!








Friday, January 22, 2016

[Achiever S2] Satisfaction from Trimming the Roses

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





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Achiever is the "do it" theme. Achiever is an engine that moves people forward. It is the most commonly occurring theme in Gallup's strengths database. People talented in the Achiever theme focus on completing things. They love to check items off of their "to do" lists. Achievers provide the energy to turn concepts and ideas into concrete steps and milestones. They are grounded and have an excellent work ethic. Maika explained, "Achievers don't derive satisfaction from stopping and smelling the roses, they get that pleasure from trimming them."

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

[Recap] Strengths-based Programs Advocate Individuality and Uniqueness

On a recent Called to Coach: Singapore/Australia Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Andrew Jones.









Andrew's professional mission is to help people understand their potential and develop their strengths. He said, "It's what gets me out of bed in the morning." As a leader and HR professional, Andrew enjoys pushing people to be their best selves. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

[GWSW] Activator: Thriving on Moving Forward

For the second GWSW week, we are focusing on the theme of Activator. Activators move, make things happen and initiate. When they are around others who don’t see the need - the imperative - for forward momentum, Activators may become frustrated.  Activators feel an energy  and speed around everything they do, from getting out of bed in the morning, to making decisions and being on time. People strong in the Activator theme learn by doing, and fully expect to be judged by the action they take.  They have a loud internal drive that pushes them forward.

On this Theme Thursday webcast, we discussed the Activator theme with Tyler McCarty of Napkin, a startup that helps companies, brands, and ideas tell their story through simple, distilled animated videos. Please watch the video below or download the audio to hear how Tyler uses Activator in his everyday life.

Please register for our Activator Webcast on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. EST. Please download the Theme Thursday Companion Guide for Activator here to follow along with the show!
Do you have a favorite post about the Activator Theme?  Post the link on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/calledtocoach/ and make sure you share this post with your followers.
On Twitter, use #Activator all week to highlight your posts. Let's get it trending worldwide!








Thursday, January 14, 2016

[Recap] Art, Coaching and Strengths Intersect

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Carol Anne McGuire.








Carol Anne discovered strengths while working as an educator and as an employee of the actor, Will Smith. She loved strengths -- but her career and family absorbed most of her time. She simply did not have the time to focus on strengths. After her career had taken some fast and interesting turns, Carol Anne found herself returning to the idea of strengths, "Strengths kept bubbling up for me -- I knew I wanted to be a strengths coach."

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Strengths as Superpowers


by Jessica Stutzman

Rush, rush, rush. That’s my daily routine as a working adult with somewhat dubious time management skills living in a metro area. Whether I’m on my way to work, to the gym or to some social obligation, it feels like I just barely have enough time to get everything done. But an experience at a recent training event stopped me in my tracks. It gave me a new perspective on something I’ve been aware of, but taking for granted, for years – my strengths.

On a Friday in early December, I was rushing from my job to a training event for a mentoring program I participate in called TeamMates. Although this will be my fifth year as a mentor, I had surpassed the three-year mark and required a refresher before I could meet with my mentee again in January. I walked into a classroom filled with tables, each surrounded by a cluster of chairs. On each table were blank pieces of paper and a set of markers. “Oh great,” I thought, griping internally, “an icebreaker activity.” Exasperated by another frenetic day, my thoughts were everywhere except with the class that was about to begin.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

[GWSW] Achiever: the Drive to do More

This is our first Gallup Weekly Strengths Wisdom ("GWSW") theme week -- and appropriately, we are starting with the theme of Achiever. Achievers get things done. They thrive on being busy and accomplishing tasks. It gives them energy. Most Achievers love to check off items on a list. They rarely have a "day off" and even consider their weekends to be an opportunity to complete a project. Some may call it a strong work ethic, an Achiever would call it their day-to-day reality.

On this Theme Thursday webcast, we discussed the Achiever theme with Scot Caldwell, a Gallup Learning Design Consultant. Scot's top five strengths are Maximizer, Achiever, Strategic, Self-Assurance and Focus. Please watch the video below or download the audio to hear how Scot uses Achiever in his everyday life.

Download the Theme Thursday Companion Guide to follow along with the show!
  
Please register for our Achiever Webcast on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Do you have a favorite post about the Achiever Theme?  Post the link on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/calledtocoach/ and make sure you share this post with your followers.


On Twitter, use #Achiever all week to highlight your posts. Let's get it trending worldwide!








Thursday, January 7, 2016

[Futuristic] Envision Clearly and Describe Inspirationally

On a recent Theme Thursday live webcast, we discussed the Futuristic theme with Rosanne Liesveld, Gallup Senior Learning and Development Consultant. Rosanne's top five strengths are Futuristic, Activator, Significance, Relator and Command.






People talented in the Furturistic have the innate ability to envision clearly and inspirationally describe a better tomorrow. Futuristic is a strategic thinking theme and while it is "in someone's head," it is also the ability to inspire others with a vision of the future. Futuristic is the telescope that looks forward and says, "What do you see? What is possible?" Adjectives used to describe the Futuristic strength are creative, inspiring, vivid, expressive, perceptive, future-oriented and visionary.  A person with Futuristic is a forecaster -- they can anticipate what is next They are dreamers and imaginers -- and they can also articulate their dreams. They are not content with the status quo.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

[Analytical] Seeking the Essence of the Matter

On a recent Theme Thursday live webcast, we discussed the Analytical theme with Nate Dvorak, Gallup Researcher in Predictive Analytics. Nate's top five strengths are Individualization, Strategic, Ideation, Futuristic and Analytical.







Analytical seeks an objective understanding of the world from data and facts. People talented in the Analytical theme like accuracy and precision. They want to quantify and measure their work. Indeed, if something isn't measurable, Analytical will try to make it measurable. This theme extends beyond numbers and figures -- it can make vocabulary and communication more precise. People with Analytical seek the essence of a subject. They can easily identify patterns and root causes. Their mantra might be, "Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler." 

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