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Friday, June 16, 2017

How to Apply Your Strengths in Daily Decision Making - Called to Coach S2E20

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

Questions

  • 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


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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.

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