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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Creating an Innovative School Culture With CliftonStrengths - Called to Coach S5E13

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Darren Cox.





Darren Cox is a principal at St. Phillips Christian school primary/secondary school. Darren completed the CliftonStrengths assessment and a coaching session during a leadership course. He felt this was the first assessment that really “got him.” It was liberating and encouraging to him. He doesn’t fit the mold of a principal, but he learned that people can do all types of jobs using their strengths. If he benefited, how much could everyone else? So, he had his staff and students take the assessment as well.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Risk: Enthusiasm in the Face of a Challenge - 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 Risk talent with guest Tim Peterson.





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People who are especially talented in the Risk talent embrace challenges with enthusiasm. They have a strong, charismatic and confident personality. They naturally focus on the rewards of success instead of potential failure. They emotionally connect with customers and exceed their expectations. 

They are comfortable with ambiguity and have a highly optimistic perception of risk. When encountering a challenging decision, they take an analytical approach. They meticulously gather information and calculate the odds of success before taking action.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Strengths-Based Development Requires a Growth Mindset

By Kevin Campbell



As coaches, the mindset we adopt greatly influences our clients’ attitude toward failure and their ability to achieve transformational results. A big factor in adopting the right mindset is how we approach the difference between talents and strengths. Talents are not the same as strengths. In fact, strengths-based development is all about investing in talents to create strengths. 

Talents are naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling and behavior that can be productively applied. A strength, on the other hand, is the ability to deliver consistent, near-perfect performance on a given task. 

But before we can develop talents into strengths, we need to start with the right mindset. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Activator: How to Position Yourself for Powerful Starting - 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 Activator with guest Vanessa Toledo-Vickers.





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“When can we start?” This is a recurring question in your life. You are impatient for action. You may concede that analysis has its uses or that debate and discussion can occasionally yield some valuable insights, but deep down you know that only action is real. Only action can make things happen. Only action leads to performance. Once a decision is made, you cannot not act. Others may worry that “there are still some things we don’t know,” but this doesn’t seem to slow you. If the decision has been made to go across town, you know that the fastest way to get there is to go stoplight to stoplight. 

You are not going to sit around waiting until all the lights have turned green. Besides, in your view, action and thinking are not opposites. In fact, guided by your Activator theme, you believe that action is the best device for learning. You make a decision, you take action, you look at the result, and you learn. This learning informs your next action and your next. How can you grow if you have nothing to react to? Well, you believe you can’t. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mastery Monday: Understanding Command

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min



Command is the least likely theme to show up in one’s Top Five. As such, Command tends to be one of the least understood themes of talent, and there is a lot that is misunderstood about Command. Because of this, the basement side – or hindrances – of Command tend to get the most attention, and people want to know how to better manage their Command if it is a dominant theme. People high in Command instinctively take charge, express their opinion, calm the chaos, and give direction. They can inspire and they can intimidate – and both are of those can be positive attributes. As a leader, you want and need to inspire your team to do things they never thought they could; and there are also times you need to intimidate those who would threaten your team. There is a very protective nature to Command; those high in Command will rise up to defend and protect the ones they lead and the ones they love. Command is not afraid to take risks, and not afraid to confront – bringing emotional clarity to and resolving thorny issues.

In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I explore the differences and similarities between Command and Woo, Belief, and Self-Assurance.

Friday, April 14, 2017

How to Build an Engaging Culture in a Banking Company - Called to Coach S5E12

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Alma Hughes.





Alma Hughes is the Vice President of Organizational and Leadership Development at Regions bank. She is a passionate leader creating a strong workplace culture through the use of CliftonStrengths, Gallup’s Q12 employee engagement survey, and other leadership programs.

Regions and Gallup have worked together since 2007. At first, Regions only focused on customer engagement, then they moved into employee engagement as part of a larger strategy to improve their workplace. It’s the fifth or sixth year they’ve administered the Q12. They don’t use it just for metrics. They use the results to engage their employees and create a highly productive workplace.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Belief: Leading With Your Heart - 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 Belief with guest Jane Miller, Gallup's COO.





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If you possess a strong Belief theme, you have certain core values that are enduring. These values vary from one person to another, but ordinarily your Belief theme causes you to be family-oriented, altruistic - even spiritual.  And, to value responsibility and high ethics — both in yourself and others. 

These core values affect your behavior in many ways. They give your life meaning and satisfaction. In your view, success is more than money and prestige. 

Your values provide direction, guiding you through the temptations and distractions of life toward a consistent set of priorities. This consistency is the foundation for all your relationships. Your friends call you dependable. “I know where you stand,” they say. 

Your Belief makes you easy to trust. It also demands that you find work that meshes with your values. Your work must be meaningful; it must matter to you. And guided by your Belief theme, it will matter only if it gives you a chance to live out your values

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

5 Ways to Grow Your Coaching Business by Improving Your Brand

By Robert Gabsa



Building a brand is one of the most underrated aspects of developing a successful coaching practice. Whether you’re establishing a brand for your business or for your role within a larger organization, you are the product, so it is vital that you understand the importance of establishing a coaching brand that is unique to you.  

Differentiate Yourself

First and foremost, start thinking of yourself as a brand, not just as a coach. Coaching is what you do and what you offer to others as a service. But coaching in and of itself is not unique. 

Your personal branding goal is to define and differentiate how you will be known to the world. 

To develop a strong brand that attracts, retains and multiplies clients who fuel your business, you don’t have to be a marketing maven or hire a branding expert. You simply have to know who you are, what you believe in, what drives you and how your clients will benefit. This information helps you identify the value you provide, establish your position in the coaching market and develop a brand promise that reflects the experience clients will have if they choose you as their coach. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Selling: Winning Over Champions - 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 Selling talent with Jamie Librot, Senior Learning Solutions Consultant.





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People who are especially talented in the Selling talent speak boldly on behalf of their company. They consistently communicate a clear vision of their business to customers and employees. They are great salespeople with an ability to form deep relationships and convince others to follow their well-defined business growth strategy.

Selling’s power and edge stems from communication. They communicate the essence of the business, their idea, or their new product or service through stories. They are excellent communicators and easily influence others. They are incredibly persuasive and are great salespeople for the business.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mastery Monday: Understanding Activator

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min


“Okay, are we done talking about this? Let’s get moving.”  If you have Activator in your Top Five, you probably have said this more than once – maybe weekly (or more often) in your team meetings. Activators tend to live by the motto that the worst action to take is no action. Those strong in Activator talents learn by doing, and they bring energy to most any situation that needs a boost. Activator is energized by starting, but usually not so much by finishing. In fact, those high in Activator may get bored half way through a project and look around for something else to get started. Getting things moving, getting the ball rolling, setting things in motion – these are all common characteristics of the Activator theme.

In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I look at the similarities and differences between Activator and Command, Ideation, and Woo.

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