Strengths Coaching Blog

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

[Relator S2] Deep Satisfaction in Close Relationships

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 Relator.




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The heart of Relator is the courage to love. Relators take relationships very seriously. People exceptionally talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working with friends to achieve a goal. Friendship is a necessity for people with Relator. The power and edge of Relator is people who form especially strong, solid, genuine and mutually-rewarding relationships. These relationships are caring and trusting. Maika often thinks of Relator as "social Intellection" because it goes to a deeper level in its relationships. Relators intentionally build connections with others and is driven by wanting relationships with longevity and depth. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

[Maximizer S2] The "Mic Drop" Theme

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 Maximizer.




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People with Maximizer ask, “how do I go five steps further?” Maika calls it the “mic drop” theme because Maximizer wants to deliver something better than people could imagine, not just "good". People with Maximizer have an impatience with mediocrity that drives their focus on excellence. They’re so attracted to excellence; they can’t ignore or minimize tiny problems that erode the ever sought-after top quality.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mission Critical: Developing CliftonStrengths on Campus

by Becky McCarville

More than 750 Gallup CliftonStrengths coaches and enthusiasts gathered in Omaha, Nebraska, in July to experience strengths-based learning and network at Gallup’s inaugural CliftonStrengths Summit. More than 20% of attendees represented a school or university. 

In a breakout session on “Building a Strengths-Based Campus,” three speakers shared best practices about how they helped their institutions create a campus-wide strengths movement -- from gaining buy-in from school leaders and students and delivering effective messaging to developing programs and measuring outcomes.

The speakers -- from the University of Kansas (KU), Hope College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) -- represented a diverse cross section of higher education institutions. Mark Pogue, executive director of the CliftonStrengths Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, moderated the session.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

[GWSW] Responsibility: Driven by Commitments to Others

People with strong Responsibility talents take psychological ownership for anything they commit to, whether it is large or small, and they feel emotionally bound to follow it through to completion. They keep their promises and honor their commitments. They don’t let people down, and they work very hard to fulfill all of their responsibilities and keep their word. Those who have high Responsibility are People who are serious and conscientious about keeping commitments to others and doing things right. People with strong Responsibility talents like to be asked to do something, rather than to ask someone else to do something. Responsibility points heavily to how people get things done. These individuals are driven not necessarily by their own motivation, but by their commitments to other people. The ability and desire to respond to other people’s needs also carries a service orientation with the Responsibility theme.


Please register for our Responsibility webcast on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Download the Companion Guide for our Responsibility webcast here to follow along with the show!




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Friday, August 19, 2016

[Positivity S2] Leader of Feelings

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 Positivity.




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Positivity is a contagious enthusiasm. It’s a relationship theme that celebrates people and gets others excited about what they are going to do. Positivity taps in to the emotion in a room and injects drama and energy into situations. People with Positivity are often the leader of feelings in a group. Others rely on them to keep things upbeat. Everyone feels better about life when people with Positivity are around. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Building Powerful Partnerships

 By Adam Hickman and Tonya Fredstrom

Remember when your school teacher would say, “For this next assignment, you’ll be working with a partner. Please find a partner now.” What happened next? How did you feel? Had you and your best friend already made a lifelong pact to be each other’s partners whenever the need arose? Or, if your best friend wasn’t in this particular class, did you worry about who you’d get stuck with? Once paired up, did you find it easy or hard to work with another person?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

[GWSW] Relator: Caring Deeply for Others

People especially strong in Relator talents form solid, genuine and mutually rewarding relationships. Their relationships are close, caring and trusting. Those who have high Relator tend to value close, lasting relationships with friends and family. They often prefer informal relationships, as opposed to those with formal undertones, which can diminish the personal side of a relationship. Relators are often at their best when they have one-on-one interactions with others. They care deeply for others, and seek people with whom they can develop long-term, meaningful relationships.


Please register for our Relator webcast on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Download the Companion Guide for our Relator webcast here to follow along with the show!






Friday, August 12, 2016

[Recap] Strategic Insights for Selling Strengths to Companies

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Jamie Librot, Gallup Senior Learning Solutions Consultant.








Whether an internal coach or an external coach, there’s a process to winning over the right people inside organizations to get them on board with strengths. In this Called to Coach, Jamie Librot, Gallup Senior Learning Solutions Consultant, discusses some of the biggest examples and takeaways from the CliftonStrengths Summit about coaches selling strengths to companies. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Embrace the Skeptics

By Jennifer Robison

Strengths coaches may not appreciate skepticism in the workshop -- but skeptics provide a valuable service.

A strengths coach can find a skeptic in just about every group. The theories behind CliftonStrengths, both the philosophy and the assessment itself, could seem counterintuitive. They go against the grain of what most of us were taught -- that we should focus on our weaknesses to improve them, that getting better at what we’re good at is a waste of energy, that we can be great at anything if we just work hard enough. It isn’t what any of us are used to. Of course there will be a skeptic.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

[GWSW] Positivity: Bringing Enthusiasm to Others

People with strong Positivity talents are generous with praise, quick to smile and always on the lookout for the upside of the situation. They bring enthusiasm to people, groups and organizations. They can stimulate others to be more productive and hopeful. They always seem to find a way to lighten the spirits of those around them. Those with high Positivity talents exhibit a level of emotional influence by expressing their natural optimism and enthusiasm in everyday situations. They know how to make others feel good and lift the spirits of those around them. Categorized in the Relationship Building domain, Positivity helps people build rapport with others in nearly every situation, whether in the workplace or at home. Positivity, in its raw, undeveloped form, can cause those who have it to purposefully avoid others who are negative. However, individuals who have developed their Positivity talents approach negative people with the hopes that they can turn their attitude around and bring optimism into their lives.


Please register for our Positivity webcast on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Download the Companion Guide for our Positivity webcast here to follow along with the show!






Friday, August 5, 2016

[Learner S2] Mastering New Subjects and Continuously Improving

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 Learner.




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Learner is a thinking theme that focuses on mastering a lot of different subjects. People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning excites them rather than the outcome. People with Learner not only love to learn, they intuitively know how to learn best. It’s like having your eyes and brain open to what’s new; they ask themselves: “what don’t I already know?” It can help a team or organization stay on the leading edge of new processes and technologies.