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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Loving What You Do: Coaching to Foster Purpose, Values and Vision -- Gallup Called to Coach: Chris Miller (S7E12)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Chris Miller, founder of Chris Miller Coaching and a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach who has called many countries of the world "home," including Canada, Scotland and New Zealand. Chris loves helping leaders and their followers to do what they love, and to love what they do, and to use strengths to help guide people toward their calling. 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Future Thinker -- Great Clarity for Tomorrow -- 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. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Embracing Your Inner Chemist: How Themes Interact to Drive Personal and Team Success -- Gallup Called to Coach: Dean Jones (S7E11)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with the Principal Architect of Gallup's Global Client Learning Strategy, Dean Jones, about intrapersonal theme dynamics -- how your themes influence one another -- and gaining an understanding of "Theme Math." Grasping these concepts will enable you as a coach to understand an individual's "unique chemistry" of themes and how they combine to become bigger than the sum of their parts. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

5 Insights That Help You Understand People’s Weaknesses

by Dean Jones and Jessica Buono

Don Clifton famously asked, “What would happen if we studied what was right with people versus what’s wrong with people?”

When Dr. Clifton asked this question, psychology was a still relatively nascent field, in the throes of post-Freudian thinking and focused mostly on abnormal behavior. 

It was truly revolutionary, given the prevailing thinking, to say, “Let’s focus on what’s right” -- to shift the focus from what makes human beings maladjusted to what makes them effective and even extraordinary.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Purposeful Disruption -- Finding the Young Builders in Your Community -- BP10 Update -- Gallup Called to Coach: Rich Claussen (S7E10)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Rich Claussen, Ambassador for Innovation/Entrepreneurism -- Prosper Lincoln (Nebraska), about the identification and development of young builders and the Future Builders Challenge.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Discoverer -- The Joyful Investigator -- StrengthsExplorer

Kids especially talented in the Discoverer theme are thinkers and learners. They’re excited about exploring ideas and making connections. They love questions like “Why?” and “How?”

Friday, March 29, 2019

Opportunity's Knocking: How Your Coaching Can Impact Managers, Organizations and Society -- Gallup Called to Coach: Jim Harter and Adam Hickman (S7E9)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Dr. Jim Harter, Chief Scientist of Workplace Management and Wellbeing for Gallup’s workplace management practice, and Adam Hickman, a Learning Design Consultant at Gallup about workplace engagement and the role of managers in employee engagement, and how Strengths Coaches can change the workplace through their coaching of managers. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Dependability -- A Profound Sense of Duty -- StrengthsExplorer

For children especially talented in the Dependability theme, trust is of the utmost importance. When they make a promise, they keep it. This theme enables both strong relationships and efficient execution of tasks, so kids with Dependability tend to care about being seen as trustworthy and responsible. Others count on them to do what they say they will do.

Friday, March 22, 2019

No Longer an ‘Impostor’: Contributing to and Learning From Your Coaching Community -- Gallup Called to Coach: Chris Townsend (S7E8)

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Chris Townsend, Assistant Director for Business and Resource Development for Project Interchange, the educational institute of the American Jewish Committee, whose mission is to connect leaders worldwide to Israel. Chris has a unique story in terms of what he’s doing and how he interfaces with the Strengths community.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Soft Skills? Understanding CliftonStrengths as a Research-Based Tool

By Tim Simon
About 15 years ago, I taught a strengths class to a group of skeptical managers. One manager particularly despised being in the “fluffy strengths class.” Over the next two days, he repeatedly hummed the words to a 1975 song titled, “Feelings.” The opening line? “Feelings, nothing more than feelings.” It was difficult for him to accept the science and the practicality of CliftonStrengths.
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