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Friday, January 19, 2018

Coaching Strengths at Schwab - Called to Coach S5E39

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Greg Conaway.



Greg Conaway is a Senior Manager, Enterprise Learning & Talent Management at Charles Schwab, based out of the company’s Denver, Colorado office. He is responsible for managing the company’s strengths and engagement efforts. Conaway was first introduced to CliftonStrengths while working at Schwab. CliftonStrengths are a big part of the company culture, and he was able to attend Gallup’s Accelerated Coaching course soon after joining the firm. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Comparison of CliftonStrengths and DiSC

By Adam Hickman and Mary Claire Evans


As coaches, we face a variety of options when choosing the best development tools to help our clients. In this blog, we will dive into a comparison of two well-known tools — DiSC profiles and CliftonStrengths — weighing out the differences and providing a little history, too.

DiSC Theory Overview

The DiSC theory originated with American psychologist William Moulton Marston, who published the Emotions of Normal People in 1928. It established the Marston Model of the Four Dimensions of Behavior, which is based on directly discernable and quantifiable phenomena. The theory derives its name from Marston’s four original dimensions — Dominance, Inducement, Submission and Compliance. These were later changed to:

      • Dominance
      • Influence
      • Steadiness
      • Conscientious

The primary objective of DiSC assessments is to be a tool for measuring an individuals’ behavior. A person with a Dominance behavior style, for example, is “direct, forceful and outspoken with their opinions”; an Influence style is “outgoing, enthusiastic, and lively”; Steadiness describes someone who is “gentle, accommodating and patient with others” and the Conscientious style is “logical, reserved and precise.” The dimensions themselves are presented in a quadrant system that creates the DiSC Circle. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

5 Whirlwind Lessons From a Newly-Certified Strengths Coach

By Cindy Grady



The most meaningful discoveries I’ve made in my journey to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach are the same lessons I learned from The Wizard of Oz. Whether you’re intimately familiar with the journey of the farm girl from Kansas or not, I think you’ll find some magic in these lessons, just as I have. 

1. Follow your own yellow brick road. 

As a newly-certified CliftonStrengths coach, I have learned that everyone has a different style and different path to finding their coaching “groove.” As someone who leads with Maximizer, this was very distressing at first. I wanted to understand what the perfect formula was, replicate it, and make it better. I learned to draw on my supporting theme of Individualization to make my coaching journey my own. 
It’s okay to have a different coaching style. Dorothy and her friends appreciated each other’s differences and you should appreciate your own as well. Once I embraced the uncertainty of not having a fixed path, I could enjoy every step and dial into my Maximizer to improve what I learn along the way.  

Friday, January 5, 2018

Technology and Strengths: Developing Together - Called to Coach S5E38

On a recent Called to Coach India edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Sundara Nagarajan.





Sundara Nagarajan is currently Operating Partner at IndusAge Partners.  He is leading the enterprise development advisory practice, focused on scaling businesses founded on deep technology innovation.   

He passionately helps technologists to scale innovation, so they can impact the world positively.  As a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, he blends coaching as part of the advisory process to help innovators scale-up business. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

“The Little Lights Are Not Twinkling”

By Tim Simon


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is an iconic holiday movie. Most people I know can quote many of the movie’s lines, but one particular scene always piques my interest.
  
Clark has spent days putting up thousands of lights and decorations on and around his home. Though at times frustrated with the pace, you can see he enjoys the work. With the project finally complete and “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful” playing in the background, Clark embraces each of his family members as they stand outside the house and gaze lovingly at 25,000 incandescent lights. As Clark wishes a “Merry Christmas” to his father-in-law, Art simply states, “The little lights are not twinkling.” All of the enthusiasm drains from Clark’s face as he replies, “I know, Dad, and thanks for noticing.” Of all the lights burning brightly, his father-in-law can only point out the lights that are not working.

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