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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Using a "Pull" Strategy to Expand the Impact of Strengths -- Gallup Called to Coach: Gordon Pitman (S7E20)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gordon Pitman, Chief HR Officer for GKN Aerospace, about how strengths and strengths-based leadership have expanded their influence from his team to several multinational organizations he's worked in. Gordon prefers a "pull" approach to spreading strengths and CliftonStrengths because the concept has a natural appeal along with face validity. As such, when talking about strengths, he prefers to "go where the water flows." 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Gallup Research for Coaches -- Diversity and Inclusion: Bottom-Up as Well as Top-Down -- Gallup Called to Coach: Ella Washington (S7E19)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Dr. Ella Washington, diversity and inclusion subject-matter expert at Gallup, and a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, about diversity and inclusion. Ella defined the terms and then shared about four data points that indicate the state of the current U.S. workplace on these issues -- including a look at the impact millennials are having on D&I.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Cultural Transformation: Embedding CliftonStrengths in Your Organization -- Gallup Called to Coach: Austin Suellentrop (S7E18)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Austin Suellentrop, CliftonStrengths Portfolio Manager at Gallup, about how to create a strengths-based culture in organizations. Austin shared five steps organizations can take to ensure that CliftonStrengths becomes embedded into the fabric of their culture. 

Making StrengthsExplorer Work, for Kids and for You -- Season Wrap With Dr. Mary Reckmeyer

In this StrengthsExplorer podcast, Dr. Mary Reckmeyer, author of Strengths-Based Parenting and Executive Director of the Donald O. Clifton Child Development Center, joined host Maika Leibbrandt (Learning and Development Consultant at Gallup) to wrap up the StrengthsExplorer podcast series.  

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Gallup Research for Coaches -- Fixing What's Broken: Inspiring Employee Performance -- Gallup Called to Coach: Ben Wigert (S7E17)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Dr. Ben Wigert, Director of Research and Strategy at Gallup, about performance management and Gallup's Re-Engineering Performance Management paper, of which Ben was the lead author. Ben discussed feedback, goal-setting and performance reviews, among other elements of traditional performance management approaches, and how they differ from a performance development approach.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Relating -- Social Connectability -- StrengthsExplorer

Children especially talented in the Relating theme enjoy starting friendships and keeping them for a long time. They naturally expand their social circle. As with most of the StrengthsExplorer themes, this talent can show up in many ways. Relating children might be excellent at making a first connection with others, or more talented at deepening long-standing relationships. They may, in fact, be great at both. This theme is about connecting with people and nurturing that connection. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Turning a Child's World Around: Schools, Families and StrengthsExplorer -- Gallup Called to Coach: Kelly Parks (S7E16)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Kelly Parks, CEO of Live Stronger Daily, LLC, about how her new book Exploring My Strengths helps educators and parents weave the 10 Clifton StrengthsExplorer themes into the lives of children, and the impact this has on kids, the classroom and the family.  

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Gallup Research for Coaches -- Building My World: Flexibility and Women in the Workplace -- Gallup Called to Coach: Heather Wright (S7E15)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Heather Wright, Senior Workplace Consultant at Gallup, about women in the workplace. Heather talked about the importance of work-life balance, personal wellbeing and flexibility at work for women, and how coaches can leverage women's strengths to help them find a job role that is perfect for them or be successful in their current role. She also discussed how organizations can help the women in their workforces by expanding their definition of flexibility. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Presence -- The Audience Magnet -- StrengthsExplorer

Kids talented with the Future Thinker theme love to dream about what is yet to be. They consider possibilities rather than challenges and enjoy imagining themselves in the future. What will their lives be like? What adventures will there be? They likely see bigger, more detailed visions of their future than others around them do. 

Friday, May 3, 2019

To Unleash People’s Strengths, Help Them Manage Their Weaknesses

by Dean Jones and Jessica Buono

Organizations historically have based employee development on identifying and fixing people’s weaknesses.

Managers, probably more than any other group, realize this is true.

Many managers have sat down to write a performance review for an employee and, no matter how outstanding the employee’s performance, they have felt obligated to find some “areas of improvement” to include in their feedback.
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