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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: Jack Wilson - 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.

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