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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Is There a Career That Best Matches My Top 5 CliftonStrengths?

This is one of the most common questions clients ask me, especially those new to CliftonStrengths. The short answer is, “No.” This is not a tool that will prescribe the right or wrong role for you. But the long answer can provide some meaningful insights into how you can shape your current role to better match your talents and improve your effectiveness.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Mastery Monday: Productive Aiming -- Woo (2018)

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min.

My cousin Mike was a Secret Service agent; and then, on his retirement, he became an independent security consultant. You’d think that he would have been stoic, unemotional, a man of few words. But nothing could have been further from reality; when I think of the Woo talent theme, I picture Mike. He had so many stories of the fascinating people he met on the job and during the course of his world travels. Whenever we visited him, we’d go to a restaurant of Mike’s choosing because he was close friends with the chef (and, it seemed, with the entire restaurant staff!). He was warm and outgoing; he loved meeting people and had an infectious laugh that no one could resist. He was Woo personified. Individuals with strong Woo (Winning Others Over) talents are natural networkers, love meeting new people and easily break the ice and make connections. Woo is socially fast -- easily and quickly making personal connections. Those high in Woo tend to love social situations where they can meet new people -- they are energized by the opportunity to find out about someone they don’t know. In the world of Woo, there are no strangers -- just friends you haven’t yet met.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Q12 Strong: Creating a Caring Environment to Enhance Workplace Performance -- Gallup Called to Coach: April Marcot (S7E2)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with April Marcot, Head of People and Culture at Talent International, one of just two organizations in Australia that have qualified for the Global Engagement Award as one of the most highly engaged workplaces in the world.
Our host was Gallup Regional Director of Business Development for Asia Pacific, Claire DeCarteret. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Cooking Up Strengths: Know What Your Client Is Craving

by Ralph Rickenbach

I have a special offer for my clients -- a unique way to coach that has made a difference for them and for me. Rather than meeting in a traditional coaching setting, we “eat about it.” I invite them to a meal my wife cooks for them. Clients and their spouses bring their CliftonStrengths 34, and coaching happens alongside food and fellowship. This practice grew from an idea my wife had, and throughout the meals we have shared, one important pattern has emerged: Different people hunger for different things.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Mastery Monday: Productive Aiming -- Strategic (2018)

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min.

One of my favorite movies of recent years is “The Martian,” based on the novel by Andy Weir. As stranded astronaut Mark Watney first seeks to just survive on Mars; then as he communicates with NASA back on Earth; and then as the crew of the spaceship that abandoned him makes plans to rescue him, I saw Strategic in all its glory: plans, back-up plans, what-ifs, contingencies -- all abound in this film. That is Strategic at its heart. Individuals strong in the Strategic theme spot relevant patterns in any given scenario and can quickly create alternative and multiple ways to proceed. Where most see only complexity, they see patterns and alternatives. Strategic is about considering all the options, selecting the best one, and then moving down that path -- often before anyone else does. It’s a specific way of seeing the world. Strategic anticipates possibilities and creates options; “What if … ?” is the beginning of most questions asked by those with strong Strategic talents. And the most oft-given reply? “It depends.” 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Using CliftonStrengths to Make a Change: A Simple Framework That Works

by Tim Simon

Don Clifton, who introduced CliftonStrengths to the world, taught me and so many others about the connection between strength and relationship. He said nothing happens until someone expects something of you in ways you can achieve. CliftonStrengths, combined with great coaching, is a proven way to help clients achieve success in simple but powerful ways.

Our research shows that when individuals know and use their strengths, it can be linked concretely to measurable outcomes such as productivity, profitability and customer metrics.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Achieving -- The More I Have to Do, the More I Get Done! -- StrengthsExplorer

The CliftonYouth StrengthsExplorer is designed for children aged 10-14 and defines their top 3 talent themes. In this episode of StrengthsExplorer, we dive into the theme of Achieving.

You have more energy and goals than other people. You love a sense of accomplishment.

Children exceptionally talented in the Achieving theme are drawn to doing. The more they have in front of them, the more they will accomplish. They do not have to be the best at it; what truly draws their attention is the execution, the completion, the finish. Count on them to like being busy, always looking for the next thing to do. They may even put a lot on their own schedule -- to the point of intimidating adults who worry about their ability to live up to finishing it all. Chances are, adults might even slow down an Achieving child. They can go and go for long periods of time and enjoy it.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Mastery Monday: Productive Aiming -- Significance (2018)

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min.

“Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We, of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.” Abraham Lincoln wrote these words in his annual message to Congress in December 1862 -- one month before signing the Emancipation Proclamation. This quote captures the essence of the Significance theme, and those with Significance as a dominant theme understand that nothing they do is unimportant -- no action is insignificant. As a result, they take action that will not only influence the present but also leave a lasting legacy. Their Significance theme drives them to do important work, to take on projects that will make a difference, to step to the front when others shrink back. Significance craves feedback, for from the feedback of others comes the drive for success and improvement. Seeking to be credible, professional and successful drives those with Significance to work hard and make an impact on the world.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Season Kickoff -- What’s Best for the Child Is What’s Within the Child -- StrengthsExplorer

StrengthsExplorer is a new podcast dedicated to understanding and appreciating the 10 talent themes in the CliftonYouth StrengthsExplorer. We begin our journey with this kickoff episode, dedicated to knowing and positioning the tool itself. 

JerLene Mosley is a Gallup senior consultant who has spent most of her career with or on behalf of children.  In this interview, she guides us through a few key points regarding kids and talent. 

Important points regarding StrengthsExplorer:
  1. StrengthsExplorer is its own instrument, not a simplified version of CliftonStrengths.  This tool was designed to help children name and understand what they do well, what differentiates them from others.  The 10 talent themes are broad categories of talent, and as you’re using the tool you might find several that overlap with CliftonStrengths themes.  The goal is to help accept, affirm and develop children where they are, not to prescribe who they may or may not grow into once they determine their CliftonStrengths profiles. It may be helpful for adults to consider the connections they notice between the two instruments so they can see themselves reflected in the child, but trying to map the two tools together is not likely to offer much return on investment. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Focus on Engagement Before Advancement

by Gavin Lillevig

The end of the calendar or fiscal year is marked by performance evaluations and goal-setting for the following year. When that time comes, as you set your professional development goals, focus on increasing your engagement at work. Focusing only on promotion readiness or incentives that provide extrinsic value (raise, bonus, increased vacation time) is putting the cart before the horse.

The impact and economic benefits of a raise, afforded by an advancement focus, will most likely be short-lived as your standard of living adjusts to the bump in pay. What won't be short-lived is the increased responsibility, increased accountability and increased stakes -- the cost of not meeting expectations could have a higher impact. If that new role isn't aligned with your strengths and doesn't afford you opportunities for increased engagement, you've offset higher pay (or better incentives) with a lower-quality working life, increasing the probability of subsequent burnout or mediocre performance reviews.

Focusing on professional development goals that target engagement will ready you for advancement and increase the probability that you will remain engaged in future roles. 
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