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Monday, December 31, 2018

Mastery Monday: Productive Aiming -- Positivity (2018)

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min.

In the classic Disney film “Mary Poppins,” Mary and Bert and the Banks children visit Uncle Albert. In the scene, Uncle Albert and then Bert and the others sing, “I love to laugh! Loud and long and clear … The more I laugh, the more I’m filled with glee! And the more the glee, the more I’m a merrier me!” While that scene may be a bit of an exaggerated description of the Positivity theme, it certainly strikes the right chord: Positivity sees the bright side, celebrates the win, rallies the troops. Individuals with Positivity in their Top 5 are quick to smile, laugh, give praise. It isn’t that people strong in the Positivity theme are unrealistic about the negativity and problems that exist in their lives and in the world. It’s that they see attitude as a choice, and they choose to have a positive attitude in the face of adversity. Individuals with Positivity in their Top 5 choose to be happy, choose to see the upside, choose to find the silver lining. They have an infectious enthusiasm that makes them attractive to others, and their positive outlook forms the foundation of all their relationships.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Mastery Monday: Productive Aiming -- Maximizer (2018)

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min.

In 1981, in response to the influx of higher-quality Japanese cars into the U.S. market, Ford Motor Company unveiled its new advertising slogan, “Quality Is Job 1.” Those with Maximizer in their Top 5 strengths or Signature Themes can resonate with this sentiment, because it is vital to the way they live their lives. A decade later, Toyota brand Lexus unveiled its new slogan, “The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection,” which sums up the Maximizer perspective even more accurately -- because, while quality is important, perfection is the real goal. Maximizers want to take something great and make it superb. And the best way to do that, according to Maximizer thinking, is to focus on developing talents into strengths. 

Monday, December 17, 2018

Individualization at Work: Gift Like The Grinch

by Dan Donovan

Every December, leaders in many organizations face the task of deciding on a small token of appreciation to give their direct reports for the holidays. Cynics might call it the price we pay for taking another step up the corporate ladder. What gesture can you provide to your team members who have been so darn nice this past year? How about a bottle of wine or a gift card? Of course, anything would be appreciated. But as The Grinch himself discovered, Christmas doesn’t have to come from a store. And when it doesn’t, it always means a whole lot more.

I remember my first foray into gift-buying for my team after I became a manager with several direct reports. I decided the best way to show my appreciation that year was to give each team member a set of 3 miniature Yankee Candles. Who doesn’t love the smell of “Luscious Plum” for the holidays? I left the sets on their desks with a card. But their response, as I recall, was like a Silent Night. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Woo -- Socially Aware and Awake -- Theme Thursday Season 4

In this Theme Thursday Season Four webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Woo

The talent theme of Woo is all about making fast social connections, turning strangers into friends, and creating a space of social comfort for others. Those especially talented in this theme can quickly turn strangers into acquaintances. They don’t just break the ice—they melt it through warmth and hospitality. They are charming and open. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

6 Reasons CliftonStrengths Is the Best for Team-Building

by Amy Shuman

Many of us spend most of our waking hours at work. We see the same people every day, every week -- sometimes for many years. We share important milestones with our colleagues, rely on them to do quality work, and at times even mimic their habits and their health habits. But do we really know our colleagues? Do we understand, acknowledge or appreciate the value each person brings to a task?

Once I began leading team-focused CliftonStrengths trainings, the results were immediate and pretty remarkable. Many sessions ended with staff staying to talk, asking questions to learn more about each other. In every session, multiple participants were amazed at what the report was able to tell them, and how accurate it was.

There are numerous options available when it comes to team-building and training, but here are a few reasons CliftonStrengths is my favorite:

Monday, December 3, 2018

Mastery Monday: Productive Aiming -- Learner (2018)

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min.

To put it succinctly, those with Learner among their Top 5 or Signature Themes love to learn. While the result of the learning process is not to be dismissed, it is quite simply the joy of the learning journey that motivates Learners -- the process of learning is not the means to an end, but the end itself. It isn’t necessarily the usefulness of the information that excites those with Learner talents; that is more of a hallmark of Input. It’s taking a class, signing up for a webinar series, reading a series of articles that delve deeply into a topic, getting an advanced degree -- these are activities that light up Learners. People high in Learner are inquisitive, but this is not typically expressed in asking a lot of random questions about any or all topics. Rather, satisfying the inquisitive itch for a Learner typically takes the form of deep and thorough exploration through individual research online or in the library, taking a class, or spending regular time with a subject matter expert. Learners can take pleasure in random learning opportunities like online classes, seminars, lecture series or workshops. But those with high Learner may also seek to become subject matter experts themselves, learning whatever they need to in order to achieve mastery. Lifelong learning comes naturally and is a primary motivator -- you’re never too old to learn something new.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

How an Entrepreneurial Small Business Uses Q12 and Strengths for Maximum Impact -- Gallup Called to Coach: Sue Steel (S6E49)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Sue Steel, Executive Vice President of People & Culture at Nearmap -- an aerial imagery and data insights organization based in Australia, New Zealand and the United States -- and a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. Sue has worked with engagement and with strengths, and Nearmap seeks to develop a high-performance, strengths-based culture. 

Below is a summary of the conversation. Full audio and video are posted above.

Sue joined Nearmap two years ago. The company, an entrepreneurial small business, had a lot of staff who joined in one role but then pivoted and ended up doing something else for the business. The company wanted to put the right foundation in place to support its staff. The company looked into other engagement surveys that were quite long and didn’t have much impact and realized that they needed to find a survey that was “short and sharp” and that the company could use to impact its workforce. Sue already had a relationship with Gallup and felt comfortable implementing the Q12 at Nearmap.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Strategic -- Clever, Creative, Conceptual -- Theme Thursday Season 4

In this Theme Thursday Season Four webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Strategic

The Strategic Thinking theme of Strategic describes more than just having a plan. People especially talented in this theme consider the world through a series of contingencies, contemplating quickly and constantly about the “what if” scenarios of a day, an event, an interaction, or a lifetime.  

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Significance -- Yearning Toward Legacy -- Theme Thursday Season 4

In this Theme Thursday Season Four webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, talk about Significance

People especially talented in the Significance theme are drawn to doing work that gets noticed by others.  They seek to have an impact on people, and this leads them away from the mundane toward the exceptional.  Significance can be understood as desire, yearning, a hunger to have meaningful impact on other people.  It’s a primal need to do something that leaves a mark, something that makes a difference. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Mastery Monday: Productive Aiming -- Intellection (2018)

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min.

Descartes’ famous phrase, “I think, therefore I am” succinctly sums up the point of view of Intellection: always thinking, always pondering -- always the internal hum of the turbines of the mind. Individuals who have Intellection in their Top Five are introspective and need time for musing and reflection. “Let me think about it and get back to you” are words those high in Intellection utter on a regular basis. They love internal processing and think deeply about a subject. The nature of that subject depends on their other themes and interests, but whatever it is, they turn it over, examine it, explore it and carry it out to its logical conclusion. Intellection can sniff out an impostor and values spending time with those whose plans are genuinely well thought out. They tend not to like surprises, and need time to think -- spontaneity is not a hallmark of Intellection. Intellection is comfortable with solitude, and indeed requires time alone to think. Profound thinking cannot be hurried; the best ideas take time to incubate.

The "Human Piece" of the Entrepreneurial Puzzle -- BP10 Quarterly Update -- Gallup Called to Coach: Sangeeta Badal and Todd Johnson (S6E48)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Todd Johnson, Senior Global Channel Leader, Entrepreneurship & Job Creation at Gallup, and Dr. Sangeeta Badal, Principal Scientist, Entrepreneurship & Job Creation at Gallup, about recent developments regarding Gallup’s BP10 assessment in this quarterly update for fall 2018

Below is a summary of the conversation. Full audio and video are posted above.

The CliftonStrengths Summit is scheduled for June of this year (it’s been in July in other years), so if July hasn’t worked for you but June does, be sure to put the summit on your calendar this year and attend.

About 100 coaches are currently using the Coaches Insight Report (CIR), and automation of the report is coming. If you’re not using the CIR, consider using it and check with some of the coaches who are using it.

Gallup is looking for “studentpreneurs” in 20 cities across Nebraska to take the BP10 assessment -- not just high school students, but college students too. And coaches can take this into their states too, and it would be good if this could be in conjunction with a university.

BP10 is something that can be incorporated into people’s transitional stages in life (in higher ed, moving into a career, changing careers, leaving the military, even release from prison, and so on).