Strengths Coaching Blog

Friday, August 18, 2017

Live From the 2017 CliftonStrengths Summit - Called to Coach S5E24

This special edition of Called to Coach was recorded live at the CliftonStrengths Summit on July 19, 2017. Watch this session to hear the latest about the coaching world from our Gallup Called to Coach hosts, including Jim Collison, Paul Allen, Faith Gaines, Claire DeCarteret, Blanca Garcia and Bruce Young. 

2018 CliftonStrengths Summit site is coming soon. Stay tuned for registration details.

Visit Gallup Strengths Center to browse our myriad of products and learning opportunities for strengths-based development.

Continue the coaching conversation on Facebook and Twitter. It’s a great way to network with others who share a passion for strengths!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Individualization: Delving Through a Lens of Uniqueness - Theme Thursday Season 3

On this Theme Thursday Season Three webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Individualization with guest Phil Winger.

Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. You are impatient with generalizations or “types” because you don’t want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. Instead, you focus on the differences between individuals. You instinctively observe each person’s style, each person’s motivation, how each thinks and how each builds relationships. You hear the one-of-a-kind stories in each person’s life. 

This theme explains why you pick your friends just the right birthday gift, why you know that one person prefers praise in public and another detests it, and why you tailor your teaching style to accommodate one person’s need to be shown and another’s desire to “figure it out as I go.” Because you are such a keen observer of other people’s strengths, you can draw out the best in each person. This Individualization theme also helps you build productive teams. While some search for the perfect team “structure” or “process,” you know instinctively that the secret to great teams is casting by individual strengths so that everyone can do a lot of what they do well.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Does Strengths Coaching Make a Difference?

By Ryan Pendell

Dana Baugh has been an executive coach for over two decades. She thinks there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to successful leadership.

“There’s still a perception in a lot of organizations that there’s this thing called a ‘great leader,’” says Baugh. “As if we can bottle it and say, ‘This is it.’

A lot of aspiring leaders believe that to be a great leader, they have to be good at everything.

“One of the realizations you have [when you receive executive coaching] is understanding that you do not have to cover all the bases yourself,” says Baugh. “Great leadership is discovering what everybody does best and contributing to that.”

She recently coached a technology executive in the financial industry who was tasked with leading a new innovation initiative in his organization. They were looking for a visionary. This guy knew he was quite different — more careful and prudent, and not a risk-taker.

“They wanted him to be Futuristic Strategic,” said Baugh. “Deliberative Strategic is a whole different animal.”

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mastery Monday: Understanding Empathy

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min

People with Empathy in their Top Five have an uncanny ability to physically feel the emotions of others. When those around them are sad, they feel the sadness. When those around them are joyful, they experience their joy. They intuitively pick up on the non-verbal, subtle emotional cues that others give out. To paraphrase Marvel super-hero Spiderman, their “spidey sense is tingling” whenever they start sensing they are experiencing the feelings of others. Individuals strong in Empathy talents bring emotional intelligence to a team, and as they are emotional people, they need the freedom to cry, laugh, and vent. People with high Empathy often can tell you how you are feeling even before you yourself know – and their description is eerily accurate.

In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I examine the differences and similarities between Empathy and Includer, Harmony, and Individualization. All four have the common element of being relationship building themes, and the similarities are such that Includer, Harmony, and Individualization can each look like Empathy – depending on the situation.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Includer: Building a Diverse and Inclusive Leadership Pipeline - Theme Thursday Season 3

On this Theme Thursday Season Three webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Includer with guest Luke Ramsay.

“Stretch the circle wider.” This is the philosophy around which you orient your life. You want to include people and make them feel part of the group. In direct contrast to those who are drawn only to exclusive groups, you actively avoid those groups that exclude others. You want to expand the group so that as many people as possible can benefit from its support. You hate the sight of someone on the outside looking in. You want to draw them in so that they can feel the warmth of the group. You are an instinctively accepting person.

Regardless of race or sex or nationality or personality or faith, you cast few judgments. Judgments can hurt a person’s feelings. Why do that if you don’t have to? Your accepting nature does not necessarily rest on a belief that each of us is different and that one should respect these differences. Rather, it rests on your conviction that fundamentally we are all the same. We are all equally important. Thus, no one should be ignored. Each of us should be included. It is the least we all deserve.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mastery Monday: Understanding Indvidualization

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min

If you’ve ever received the perfect present from a friend and you ask them, “How did you know I would love this?” and your friend answers, “I don’t know – I just knew it would be perfect for you,” chances are your friend has Individualization among their dominant themes. People with strong Individualization talents are intuitive about, drawn to, and fascinated with the uniqueness of each person. Those high in Individualization customize their approach to each person they connect with, and they strongly believe that the best way to treat people fairly is to treat them differently. 

Individualization sees human diversity as a potential to be celebrated rather than a problem to be solved. In finding the right fit for the job, Individualization starts with the person and then finds the right job – as opposed to starting with the job and then finding the right person.  For those strong in Individualization, the key to team success lies not in finding or developing the perfect process, but rather lies in finding and developing individual strengths so that each team member can make their unique contribution.

In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I explore the differences and similarities between Individualization and Woo, Connectedness, and Maximizer.

Friday, August 4, 2017

A Comparison of CliftonStrengths and MBTI

By Adam Hickman

Coaches face a variety of options when choosing the best development tools to help their clients. In this blog, we will dive into a comparison of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the CliftonStrengths assessment. 

MBTI Theory
MBTI classifications of individuals are based on an adaptation of Carl Jung’s theory of conscious psychological type. MBTI groups individuals into one of 16 personality types by measuring distinct polarities of preference: 

  • Extroversion or Introversion
  • Sensing or Intuition
  • Feeling or Thinking
  • Judging or Perceiving

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Harmony: The Power of Consensus - Theme Thursday Season 3

On this Theme Thursday Season Three webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Harmony with guest Ed Baklor.

You look for areas of agreement. In your view, there is little to be gained from conflict and friction, so you seek to hold these to a minimum. When you know that the people around you hold differing views, you try to find the common ground. You try to steer them away from confrontation and toward harmony. In fact, harmony is one of your guiding values. You can’t quite believe how much time is wasted by people trying to impose their views on others. Wouldn’t we all be more productive if we kept our opinions in check and instead looked for consensus and support? You believe we would, and you live by that belief. 

When others are sounding off about their goals, their claims and their fervently held opinions, you hold your peace. When others strike out in a direction, you will, in the service of harmony, willingly modify your own objectives to merge with theirs (as long as their basic values do not clash with yours). When others start to argue about their pet theory or concept, you steer clear of the debate, preferring to talk about practical, down-to-earth matters on which you can all agree. In your view, we are all in the same boat, and we need this boat to get where we are going. It is a good boat. There is no need to rock it just to show that you can.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mastery Monday: Understanding Includer

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min

“Who else should we include? Who else can help? Is everyone informed? Has everyone had a chance to contribute?” These are questions that come naturally to those with strong Includer talents. Includer is the “we are a team” theme. Includer draws the circle wider, expands the membership, makes sure everyone feels valued. Those high in Includer have a strong sense of what it feels like to be left out, and want to make sure no one feels that way. There is a very tolerant aspect to Includer; Individuals with Includer in their Top Five tend to be very tolerant and accepting of different points of view, different faith positions, different life experiences. Everyone is to be valued and brings value to the team, and everyone needs to be heard. A team’s success depends on its ability to collaborate, and Includer is the catalyst that leads to productive collaboration.

In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I explore the differences and similarities between Includer and Harmony, Woo, and Relator.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Connectedness: Everything Happens for a Reason- Theme Thursday Season 3

On this Theme Thursday Season Three webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Connectedness with guest Nicole Feledy.

Things happen for a reason. You are sure of it. You are sure of it because in your soul you know that we are all connected. Yes, we are individuals, responsible for our own judgments and in possession of our own free will, but nonetheless we are part of something larger. Some may call it the collective unconscious. Others may label it spirit or life force. But whatever your word of choice, you gain confidence from knowing that we are not isolated from one another or from the earth and the life on it. 

This feeling of Connectedness implies certain responsibilities. If we are all part of a larger picture, then we must not harm others because we will be harming ourselves. We must not exploit because we will be exploiting ourselves. Your awareness of these responsibilities creates your value system. You are considerate, caring and accepting. Certain of the unity of humankind, you are a bridge builder for people of different cultures. Sensitive to the invisible hand, you can give others comfort that there is a purpose beyond our humdrum lives. The exact articles of your faith will depend on your upbringing and your culture, but your faith is strong. It sustains you and your close friends in the face of life’s mysteries.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Confidence: Confidence Wins Over Doubt-Builder Talent Tuesday Season 1

On this episode of Builder Talent Tuesday Season One, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, discuss the Confidence talent with guest Shahab Kaviani.

People who are especially talented in the Confidence talent are keenly aware of their abilities. They harness this awareness to take quick and decisive action. They seize opportunities knowing they will succeed and use their talents to persist in the face of uncertainty and failure.

They have a strong sense of self-belief. They know they have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. They have confidence in their ideas and their ability to make things happen. They can easily convince others of their ability to get results.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Mastery Monday: Understanding Harmony

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min

“Can we all get along?” These words said by Rodney King more than two decades ago are the epitome of Harmony: let’s find a way to get along. Harmony is more interested in what we have in common than what our differences are, what unites us rather than what divides us. I was having a coaching conversation with an individual with Harmony as his top theme who had done two tours in Iraq as a Military Police officer. I asked him what he liked best about his service in Iraq, and he said what he enjoyed most was getting out in the neighborhoods and talking to the residents and finding out about them and their lives – and finding common ground. He said, “We are more alike than we are different.” That is Harmony at work. Those high in Harmony sometimes get a negative label as a pushover, someone who just “goes along to get along.” While it is true that Harmony doesn’t like conflict, mature Harmony doesn’t just keep the peace, it makes peace – and often times that is hard work. Harmony finds the common ground, finds areas where we can all agree, moves forward. For Harmony, conflict is unproductive. The sooner we can find agreement, Harmony asserts, the sooner we can move on and make progress.

In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I look at the similarities and differences between Harmony and Belief, Learner, and Adaptability.

Monday, July 17, 2017

CliftonStrengths for Students: A Blueprint for Students to Thrive

By Tom Matson, Senior Executive Leadership Strategist: Gallup Education and Jennifer Robison, Senior Editor: Gallup Press

Students start their college experience with hopes for the future, often not only for their own life but also the world around them. And higher education leaders carry hope that their students will form an emotionally engaging relationship with their school, thrive on campus, and then create the great job and great life they’re looking for.

To help students and their school leaders who support them build their relationship and reach their goals, Gallup wrote CliftonStrengths for Students, drawing from its expertise in strengths development and the effects of strengths, engagement and well-being in higher education.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Coaching at Compassion International - Called to Coach S5E23

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Jack Wilson.

Jack Wilson 
Jack has worked with Compassion International for 20 years in a variety of HR functions, currently serving as the Senior Leadership and Engagement Consultant. His responsibilities include leadership training and strengths coaching, and leading the employee engagement initiatives.

Founded in 1952, Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion uses strengths to live out the mission of the organization. Compassion has partnered with Gallup for 9 consecutive years and has used their employee engagement tools and methodology to drive engagement across the organization. We were honored this year to be presented with the Gallup Great Workplace award for the fifth time.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Developer: Discussing a Language of Progress- Theme Thursday Season 3

On this Theme Thursday Season Three webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Developer with guest Nicki Luther.

You see the potential in others. Very often, in fact, potential is all you see. In your view, no individual is fully formed. On the contrary, each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. And you are drawn toward people for this very reason. When you interact with others, your goal is to help them experience success. You look for ways to challenge them. You devise interesting experiences that can stretch them and help them grow. And all the while, you are on the lookout for the signs of growth — a new behavior learned or modified, a slight improvement in a skill, a glimpse of excellence or of “flow” where previously there were only halting steps. 

For you, these small increments — invisible to some — are clear signs of potential being realized. These signs of growth in others are your fuel. They bring you strength and satisfaction. Over time, many will seek you out for help and encouragement because on some level they know that your helpfulness is both genuine and fulfilling to you.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mastery Monday: Understanding Connectedness

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min

In the opening scene of “The Lion King,” the Shaman Rafiki holds up a newly born Simba in front of all the Pride Lands as “The Circle of Life” is sung in the background. This is the epitome of Connectedness: the circle of life, the web of creation, the invisible hand. Connectedness can sound like “there are no coincidences – everything happens for a reason.” Or it can sound like the “Butterfly Effect” – when a butterfly beats its wings in Brazil, it rains in Beijing. We are all part of one humanity, and what happens to one member affects us all.  Those high in Connectedness tend to see patterns and relationships where others only see chaos and confusion. While there may indeed be randomness in the world of those with strong Connectedness talents, there is no occurrence that is without meaning. The mystery of life is not confusing; rather, in a very profound way it is comforting.

In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I explore the similarities and differences of Connectedness with Belief, Harmony, and Futuristic. All of these themes have a lot in common with Connectedness, but it is important to note their differences.

Friday, June 30, 2017

How Strengths Shape How We See the World - Called to Coach S5E22

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

Strengths are a filter – we say this in the Accelerated Course, and do the “Stand Up” exercise.

  • Some things get through, and some don't
  • We don't realize that it is just our perception - we think the world is that way (Competition example).  It’s not like “I have this perspective” – I think that the world is that way, and I don’t really understand why others don’t see it that way.  
  • Self-awareness is our access to transforming our view of the world
  • I become aware of the filter and can realize that there is something beyond it 
  • Still trapped by the filter - but I realize that something is missing 
  • The paradox is that we are always “trapped” by who we are – we can never escape it.  We can only fully love and accept ourselves.  And that allows us to transcend our own humanity.  We are not just given by who we are – we can then see our identity at work (of which our talents and strengths are a part) and extend beyond it.  
  • Get interested in how something/someone else might complement me.  Understand the limits of my own abilities, talents, strengths and humanity.  
  • Coaching is a process of building self-awareness.  
  • Do I see how my own mechanism works?  
  • Can I step outside of myself and watch it work?  
  • Can I communicate who I am and how I work?  
  • Can I be responsible for it?  
  • Can I be responsible for the impact of it?  
  • That’s fundamentally what distinguishes coaching from advice.  Some coaches have difficulty with that – they end up providing advice or guidance, and call it coaching.  
  • Coaching is more about empowering that person to see, understand and own their own “mechanism” – so they can fully be responsible for themselves and their impact.  
  • Advice makes people dependent, and is about the coach.  Coaching makes people powerful and independent, and is about the person’s self-awareness and self-actualization.  

Strengths are different from the inside out.

  • We know the characteristics of a particular talent theme, and the unique contribution that it is and can be. 
  • How that theme looks from the outside is not how the world occurs for that person - in some ways, it's almost the opposite. 
  • While what we notice about the person from the outside is their impact or contribution, what the person experiences may be very different
  • It may occur to them more like a deficit or a problem to be solved or an eternal question we ask ourselves
  • Someone with Achiever always feeling like there is more work to do, more lists to make, more things to be crossed off
  • Someone with Significance concerned with the question, “Am I important enough? Am I center stage?”
  • Someone with Includer constantly scanning to make sure that no one is left out
  • Someone with Ideation who constantly share an endless stream of ideas and wonders why they don’t take hold
  • In many cases, the talent shows up initially as a concern – and part of the value and contribution of understanding your talent profile is seeing that concern as a unique and powerful contribution
  • Frees the person up from being burdened with that – or wondering why others don’t share that concern – and seeing that talent as a gift and a contribution
  • Part of being responsible for our talents is owning our unique perspective – our unique concerns – loosening their grip, and being able to see and own the contribution they are
  • Coaches help with that process. 

    Don't miss out on the 2017 CliftonStrengths Summit in Omaha, Nebraska on July 17-19. Register today!

    Visit Gallup Strengths Center to browse our myriad of products and learning opportunities for strengths-based development.

    Continue the coaching conversation on Facebook and Twitter. It’s a great way to network with others who share a passion for strengths!

    Dean Jones is the principal architect of Gallup's global client learning strategy. Dean consults with clients on strategic solutions to address key business issues, including organizational development, performance management, learning and development, productivity and workforce effectiveness. He oversees the direction of Gallup's client learning offerings, the development of the organization's learning consultants, and the growth of Gallup's learning business worldwide, including its public course offerings and learning products.

    Dean Jones's top five strengths are Activator, Focus, Woo, Strategic and Relator.

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Adaptability: Calmness and Clarity During Change - Theme Thursday Season 3

    On this Theme Thursday Season Three webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Adaptability with Gallup associate, Jamie McCarville.

    You live in the moment. You don’t see the future as a fixed destination. Instead, you see it as a place that you create out of the choices that you make right now. And so you discover your future one choice at a time. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have plans. You probably do. But this theme of Adaptability does enable you to respond willingly to the demands of the moment even if they pull you away from your plans. Unlike some, you don’t resent sudden requests or unforeseen detours. You expect them. They are inevitable. Indeed, on some level you actually look forward to them. You are, at heart, a very flexible person who can stay productive when the demands of work are pulling you in many different directions at once.

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Delegator: Mastering the Art of Inspiration and Delegation-Builder Talent Tuesday Season 1

    On this episode of Builder Talent Tuesday Season One, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, discuss the Delegator talent with guest Doris Lux.

    People who are especially talented in the Delegator talent can trust and empower others to help grow their business. They know what their employees do best and position them to take responsibility for tasks at which they are most likely to excel. They can relinquish control and focus on growing the business.

    They recognize that a growing business requires a shift from a do-it-yourself style, which is helpful in the early stages, to a handing-it-over-to-others style as the business starts to grow. They are willing to relinquish control and hand over authority for certain tasks to others who are better equipped to handle them.

    Monday, June 26, 2017

    Mastery Monday: Understanding Developer

    By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min

    Individuals with strong Developer talents not only see the potential in others, they want to invest in that potential and help it grow. Every individual is a work in progress, and Developers are driven to further that work along. No growth is too small – all growth is recognized and celebrated. Those high in Developer like to teach, coach, mentor, invest. Small increments add up to huge growth. Developers are fascinated with devising the best way to bring out the best in others and help them achieve their full potential. Developers tend to be patient, and make a commitment to human growth. A friend of mine is fond of saying, “by the yard, it’s hard; but inch by inch it’s a cinch!” That saying can aptly apply to the perspective of those with Developer in their Top Five. Incremental progress is the best and most effective way to realize potential.

    In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I look at the similarities and differences between Developer and Maximizer, Restorative, and Empathy.

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    Why Use CliftonStrengths in Higher Education? - Called to Coach S5E21

    On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Tom Matson, Senior Executive Leadership Strategist at Gallup.

    Tom Matson, Gallup Senior Executive Leadership Strategist, is an executive coach, author and leadership expert. Tom works with higher education institutions to strategically plan and chart the right course for students. Before his current role, he served on Gallup’s executive leadership practice team, developing leadership programs for Fortune 500 companies.  

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    WOO: Authentic Social Courage- Theme Thursday Season 3

    On this Theme Thursday Season Three webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about WOO with guest Rhonda Knight Boyle.

    WOO stands for winning others over. You enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and getting them to like you. Strangers are rarely intimidating to you. On the contrary, strangers can be energizing. You are drawn to them. You want to learn their names, ask them questions and find some area of common interest so that you can strike up a conversation and build rapport. 

    Some people shy away from starting up conversations because they worry about running out of things to say. You don’t. Not only are you rarely at a loss for words, you actually enjoy initiating with strangers because you derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection. Once that connection is made, you are quite happy to wrap it up and move on. There are new people to meet, new rooms to work, new crowds to mingle in. In your world there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet — lots of them.

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Every Hero Needs a Mentor

    By Chad Ellsworth

    Can you imagine what it would be like to live somebody else’s life? I don’t mean some sort of body-switching scenario, but rather to spend your years doing everything that everybody else expects of you — even if their expectations don’t match your desires and needs. 

    What would it be like to invest all of your time and energy becoming somebody you’re not?

    In fact, what if as soon as your talents began to reveal themselves, the people around you started to label those talents with negative and judgmental terms? Then, whenever you would get a glimpse of those talents, you’d quickly stifle them to fit the mold of what others wanted you to be.

    If this were an actual storyline, would it be the truth of fictional heroes like Harry Potter, Spider-Man or Katniss Everdeen? Or could it be the very real experience of our own lives based on our socialization and internalized expectations? 

    The answer is yes to both — and that has powerful implications for our work as coaches.

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    Mastery Monday: Understanding Adaptability

    By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min

    It is said that Abraham Lincoln once stated, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” People with strong Adaptability talents resonate with the truth of that statement, and find it to be particularly helpful in navigating the vicissitudes of daily life. Adaptability is a “now” theme that finds deep satisfaction in living in the moment. Individuals with Adaptability in their Top Five tend to live by the motto, “If you’re handed it, you can handle it” –  because that is exactly what they do. They are not often fazed or upset with momentary change, but have a sense of calm assurance that whatever may come, they are equipped to handle it. In fact, individuals high in Adaptability view the interruptions of the day as the most exciting part of the day – because you never know what is going to happen. They often are extremely adept at “going with the flow.”

    In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I will examine the similarities and differences between Adaptability and Empathy, Focus, and Connectedness.

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    How to Apply Your Strengths in Daily Decision Making - Called to Coach S5E20

    On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Victor Seet.

    Victor Seet is a co-founder of Strengths School in Singapore. Victor also created “The Game of Life” – which helps people learn how to integrate strengths into decision-making. He is all about the application of strengths: how to bring them from the discovery stage to the development stage, and then into daily life. 

    Victor's Strengths School

    • The vision for Strengths School is for every generation to fulfill their potential
    • To have strengths dialog in every part of your life
    •  We have a Team of 8, all are Gallup-certified coaches, different teams focus on different sectors
    • A new development is a course for the public to use strengths exclusively in their workshops and coaching
    • We work with a broad variety of sectors – each workshop has specific outcomes
    • We want to work with every possible sector and not stop at just discovery, but move into application
    • “I feel very uncomfortable when somebody tells me ‘I just got my profile and I”m just happy about that’. To which my next question is ‘But what are you doing about that?’”
    • You have your Top 5 – what are you doing about that?  How are you applying it in your life?
    • At the end of the day what do you hope to take away?  Which area of application is most important to you?
    • We conduct one day workshops
    • Debrief helps them think how they might like to move forward
    • We have a lot of repeat customers – ask for coaching, how can I grow?
    • Could be a couple of months or a year later
    • Depends on the budget, build in coaching after the workshop, help the team understand how to take it forward day-to-day
    • Education sector
    • Singapore schools; time is a limiting factor; talk to teachers and find some specific areas they want to work on; it’s not a standard offer; every school has a different area
      • Modules
      • Study Genius
      • Leadership Genius
      • Team Genius
    • Descriptions of the Genius modules can be found on the Strengths School web site 

    About the Game of Life

    • I thought - how can I bring a board game to life?
    • Sat down with someone with Ideation
    • We have many different life stations – home, school, work
    • The game brings people through stages of life at the stations
    • They will come back to a stage and think about how they used their strengths to finish something
    • Learner – the way I play the game is I observe, how do other people play?
    • Harmony – playing the game alone is not exciting for me
    •  The entire game of life is a picture
    • Throughout life you have decision points, choices you make
    • The game moves talent teams from discovery right into application; am I conscious about using my strengths? Do I watch others or do I focus on what I have?
    • Do you have other innovations or creative solutions?
    • Showed colorful tags that he gives everyone and uses during team sessions
    • Pick a partner, talk about a current, real-life situation
    • How can we work on that together with our 10 themes?
    • People keep their tags, they bring them to project meetings, it makes them conscious of their themes
    • Self-awareness helps them understand how they can work with others
    • Respect, understanding, learning how to leverage each other’s themes
    • Public Speaking Module
    • Example of Restorative.
    • What topic do you want to speak about?
    • What information can you give to help the audience solve a problem at home?

    Skills Future: A learning and development government grant offered in Singapore

    • Victor’s program is aligned with the requirements to become Skills Future approved which allows his courses to be covered by that government grant
    • Had to design a lot of brochures, course outline, course objectives, wasn’t easy
    • First session was yesterday; group of 12 people; set a limit; lots of time for questions and interactivity
    Lessons from millennials
    • These questions come up a lot with this group
      • Do I have the opportunity to do what I do best at work?
      • When I do what I do am I engaged?  Am I using my strengths?
    • Conversations need to be constant, not quarterly or annual
    • Catch your team doing the right thing and recognize it
    • Do you focus on ROI?  Have ways to measure impact?
    • This is currently in development
    • We broaden the concept of productivity; it includes better team communication, relationships, etc
    • Every client has different performance indicators
    • Focus on behaviors that affect team behavior
    • Build collaboration and positive energy
    • Think about behaviors to manage or to keep doing well
    • How do you bring strengths into your personal life? (family, church)
    • At church it is about using strengths for character building; use them to stop behaviors, addictions
    • Also couple coaching – use strengths with newlyweds to strengthen their marriage


    • What age students do you work with?
      • Work with students as young as 9 (use StrengthsExplorer)
      • Bring in teachers and parents in session with younger students
      • Above 15 we use StrengthsFinder

    Don't miss out on the 2017 CliftonStrengths Summit in Omaha, Nebraska on July 17-19. Register today!

    Visit Gallup Strengths Center to browse our myriad of products and learning opportunities for strengths-based development.

    Continue the coaching conversation on Facebook and Twitter. It’s a great way to network with others who share a passion for strengths!

    Victor is the Founder of Strengths School™ and a Gallup Certified Coach. A former Corporate Real Estate CRM (Client Relationship Manager) whose clients include Microsoft, Procter and Gamble and EMC, Victor brings with him an ability to understand clients' needs and challenges while he does coaching.

    From Singapore to across Asia in Hong Kong, China, India, Victor has successfully conducted StrengthsFinder® Leadership workshops, coaching sessions and team building programs for organizations including Visa, Adobe Systems, Johnson & Johnson, Uber, Economic Development Board of Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and for popular brands such as Vans, Lee Jeans and Timberland. Victor is also very passionate to impact the Singapore education sector. He has conducted Strengths workshops for many of the school leaders in the education institutions in Singapore as well as for the Ministry of Education. He was also the Keynote Speaker for the 1st ASEAN Strengths Education Summit held in Singapore. Victor is effectively bilingual and does workshops and coaching both in English and Mandarin.

    Victor’s top five strengths: Activator | Communication | Strategic | Self-Assurance | Command

    Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Cheryl S. Pace, contributed to this post.

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Significance: Building a Legacy of Distinction- Theme Thursday Season 3

    On this Theme Thursday Season Three webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Significance with guest Lela Meinke.

    You want to be very significant in the eyes of other people. In the truest sense of the word, you want to be recognized. You want to be heard. You want to stand out. You want to be known. In particular, you want to be known and appreciated for the unique strengths you bring. You feel a need to be admired as credible, professional and successful. Likewise, you want to associate with others who are credible, professional and successful. And if they aren’t, you will push them to achieve until they are. Or you will move on. 

    An independent spirit, you want your work to be a way of life rather than a job, and in that work, you want to be given free rein, the leeway to do things your way. Your yearnings feel intense to you, and you honor those yearnings. And so your life is filled with goals, achievements or qualifications that you crave. Whatever your focus — and each person is distinct — your Significance theme will keep pulling you upward, away from the mediocre toward the exceptional. It is the theme that keeps you reaching.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    To Be the Best, Surround Yourself With the Best

    by Jessica Buono

    When I first started working at Gallup as a creative writer, I had little experience in a corporate writing role. I spent the first few months looking over the shoulder of a senior co-worker as he explained new concepts and let me watch his writing process. 

    Now, almost two years in, I still look daily to see when his door is open. How long will I continue? 

    As long as he'll let me. 

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    Relationship: Cultivate a Diverse Network of Opportunity-Builder Talent Tuesday Season 1

    On this episode of Builder Talent Tuesday Season One, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, discuss the Relationship talent with guest Torin Perez.

    People who are especially talented in the Relationship talent have strong interpersonal skills that allow them to build a robust and diverse personal network. They rely on relationships to access resources and information essential to the success of their business.

    They have a high social awareness. They share experiences, exchange ideas and make new contacts with people inside and outside the industry. They have a robust and diversified network that they use effectively for the survival and success of the business.

    Friday, June 9, 2017

    Great Questions to Help Clients “Aim” Their Strengths - Called to Coach S5E19

    On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup Subject Matter Expert, Ella Washington, Ph.D.

    Ella Washington, Ph.D., is an organizational psychologist providing subject matter expertise to Gallup’s clients in leadership, diversity and inclusion. Ella’s research and client work focuses on women in the workplace, barriers to inclusion for diverse groups, and working with organizations to build inclusive cultures. 

    Today's topic is coaching strategies for aiming your CliftonStrengths themes. Ella has a “secret sauce” to the “aim it” part of coaching.

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    Determination: How to See Possibilities When Others See Barriers-Builder Talent Tuesday Season 1

    On this episode of Builder Talent Tuesday Season One, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, discuss the Determination talent with guest Alexis Taylor.

    People who are especially talented in the Determination talent pursue their goals with tenacity. They are intensely committed to success and are eager to take quick action. They rely on high motivation to turn adversity into opportunity. They can see beyond roadblocks and visualize a better future.

    Determination is the stick to it no matter what theme. It can be stubborn at times when it exercises its perseverance and grit. There is a great combination between creativity and work ethic. Individuals with this theme are persistent and tenacious in pursuing their goals. They have a tremendous work ethic and unique ability to overcome obstacles and setbacks. They do whatever it takes to achieve the desired business outcomes. 

    Monday, June 5, 2017

    Mastery Monday: Understanding Woo

    By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min

    The Clifton Strengths theme Woo is actually an acronym that stand for Winning Others Over.  Individuals with strong Woo talents are natural networkers, love meeting new people, and easily break the ice and make connections.  Woo is socially fast, easily and quickly making personal connections.  Those high in Woo tend to love social situations where they can meet new people – they are energized by the opportunity to find about someone they don’t know. Once the connection is made, those with Woo in their Top Five tend to be ready to wrap up the conversation and move on and meet someone new. In the world of Woo, there are no strangers – just friends that haven’t yet been met.

    In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I look at the similarities and differences between Woo and Self-Assurance, Competition, and Futuristic.

    Friday, June 2, 2017

    3 Reasons Why 1000+ People Want to Attend the CliftonStrengths Summit

    by Jessica Buono

    You have a mission, and you have passion — but how can you really separate yourself as an outstanding coach or a workplace leader? Where do you start? 

    Where should you start?

    An essential component to your success is immersing yourself in environments with like-minded people who “get it” and collaborating with people who’ve “been there.”

    Enter: the CliftonStrengths Summit

    The summit provides an immediate opportunity — found nowhere else — for you to connect with around a thousand strengths-minded coaches, professionals, industry leaders and potential business partners. 

    There’s simply nothing like it.

    In fact, last year’s summit experience was so valuable that eight out of 10 attendees in 2016 said they want to return this year. Watch this video to hear what attendees loved about the summit: 

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Self-Assurance: The Keel of a Ship to Keep You on Course- Theme Thursday Season 3

    On this Theme Thursday Season Three webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Self-Assurance with guest Sam Meek.

    Self-Assurance is similar to self-confidence. In the deepest part of you, you have faith in your strengths. You know that you are able — able to take risks, able to meet new challenges, able to stake claims and, most important, able to deliver. But Self-Assurance is more than just self-confidence. Blessed with the theme of Self-Assurance, you have confidence not only in your abilities but in your judgment. When you look at the world, you know that your perspective is unique and distinct. And because no one sees exactly what you see, you know that no one can make your decisions for you. No one can tell you what to think. They can guide. They can suggest. But you alone have the authority to form conclusions, make decisions and act. 

    This authority, this final accountability for the living of your life, does not intimidate you. On the contrary, it feels natural to you. No matter what the situation, you seem to know what the right decision is. This theme lends you an aura of certainty. Unlike many, you are not easily swayed by someone else’s arguments, no matter how persuasive they may be. This Self-Assurance may be quiet or loud, depending on your other themes, but it is solid. It is strong. Like the keel of a ship, it withstands many different pressures and keeps you on your course.

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