Intro from host Saurav Atri
- Bryant’s Top 5 = Ideation, Woo, Communication, Strategic, Activator
- He has coached in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa
- Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach currently based in the Philippines
- Founded YourQuestCoach.com, a coaching practice focused on millennials
- He is also a millennial himself
- Coaching has been an integral part of my own development
- I always asked my own coached - how can I bring my true self to the workplace?
- StrengthsFinder has helped me do this
- I see all of my Top 5 working together especially when I travel
- My secret sauce is Communication
- As a coach I can now help individuals the way I’ve been helping businesses
- SF gave me a new language and I want to bring it to millennials
- Have you heard of Quarter-life crisis – it’s a challenge that millennials are facing, what do they want to do with their life after school?
- We are in an age where information is much easier to get, you can get answers immediately, but are these answers solutions?
- I faced my QLC recently; what is the next step for me - continue as a consultant or get a new job or start my own company or go to grad school? I went to grad school
- My business school experience gave me the opportunity to learn more about myself
- My call to action is to convert what I’ve learned in the consulting world into coaching
- I am a millennial and identify closely with them; I want to dig into the science about millennials
- Gallup’s report on millennials gave me a lot of insight
- 87% rate that professional development/career growth opportunities as important to their job
- There is the image that they “hop around” - this isn’t really from lack of commitment but from wanting to learn more
- 55% are not engaged at work
- I want to coach not just millennials but people who work with millennials so they can understand each other better
- Reframe the way millennials look at work; they want a coach to guide them; but they want to do their own thing; they want to be held accountable more frequently and focus on strengths rather than improvement areas/weaknesses
I do it in 3 ways: use trends from Gallup; strengths innovation; and our own strengths as coaches and how to integrate them.
Trends from Gallup
- 3 of the 5 top strengths – millennials share achiever, learner and responsibility with other generations so they are not that different
- We want the same things, we’re just framing it differently
- 2 strengths have shifted up – empathy and adaptability
- We’re not just looking for a paycheck, we want to build purpose and help others grow
- We want to make an impact – how can we tap into empathy and adaptability
Strengths innovation – lead your life with your talent
- Our talents filter our world
- Be yourself with authority
- You already have the wiring to be the greatest you – build authority, intentionality into it
- Build your Top 5 into a meaningful call to action
- One client said he didn’t see how empathy is valued in the business world; had a lengthy discussion; new role as a manager in an international environment
- Individualization really stood out in him; I asked him how does it work with empathy?
- Within an hour he was able to name it and claim it; he can acknowledge the value of each team member and the impact they make; and I can sense what they are feeling without asking them
- Theme dynamics is my favorite
- Tap into our strengths and ourselves with authority – that’s where we shine as coaches
- It’s all about re-framing how you’re looking at your goals in life and broadening it
- I want to unbuckle the notion that you have to be something practical with money
- I call these Quests – this way of re-framing opportunities in life
- When we’re overly focused on the destination, we lose track of the opportunities in the journey
- Talked about the book “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
- Live in the now but keep track of where I want to go
How do I go through a quest?
- Re-frame how we look at making progress
- One of my biggest influences is Bono in U2; I want to be him; he has to learn to sing, write music, develop a stage presence; how can I learn from that?
- I sang at a karaoke bar – developed stage presence; developed a skill while having fun
- How do I bring a message to an audience? – doing this webcast and other podcasts
- It’s not new, but a re-frame; you can design the life you want; build your life direction and move towards a life goal learning along the way
What is your advice to others who want to develop a coaching career?
- I’ve done a lot of mentoring, but coaching allows me to be the change agent
- What is my value proposition? I’m a millennial, I’m learning more about what makes a tick so I can help others
- Ask yourself - What makes you tick? What is your style? You will learn that through your Top 5
- How do I build credibility? I’m Gallup certified; I have an MBA; but tapping into my talents will give me the best leg up
- Jim asked - How do you use themes to break down the fear barrier?
- I bring in design-thinking methodology (based on human needs not just tech specs) and it requires empathy
- Empathize with yourself; build a prototype (first phase of design-thinking)
- Jim asked about mission and purpose – can they be used for prototyping?
- Build a vision for yourself - What’s your mission statement? Value statement?
- First understand what value you want to add and how the themes become an integral part of the language, use it to write your resume and cover letter
- Individualization is one of my dominant themes; I focus totally on the person I’m coaching at the time; I tailor the session to them; pluck out tools relevant to this person
- Jim asked about coaching in the “Gig economy” – some people have 3 or 4 different jobs; is coaching taking on a different flavor? A different construct?
- Yes because we have so many tools – Whats App; Google Hangouts – you don’t need a phone call to interact; Google slides is one of my best friends; my line is always open
- Instead of a 30-minute conversation on Tuesday, there will be mini conversations; I think it has to be the way of the future; attention spans become shorter; time is difficult to schedule; I encourage asynchronous communication; need to be comfortable that it may not be real-time