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USING GALLUP STRENGTHS TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS

“There is no more effective way to empower people than to see each person in terms of his or her strengths.”

– Don O. Clifton, Father of Strengths Psychology and Inventor of Clifton Strengths

About three years ago, I was introduced to the Gallup Strengthsfinder inventory at work. We had a new vice president and she wanted to provide a professional development workshop that would allow her new team to get to know her and she us. The team was also able to get to know one another through a strengths-based lens. The facilitator did a great job and I haven’t been the same since.

Gallup Strengthsfinder introduced me to a new way of thinking about myself, my colleagues and my loved ones. After taking the inventory, I learned about my top 5 strengths: woo, includer, communication, ideation and arranger. Though I was not surprised about what my strengths were, the inventory and the training provided me with a new vocabulary and a new approach to thinking about myself and who I am. I learned that developing my strengths was far more beneficial to my personal and professional progress and thought leadership than obsessing about my weaknesses.

My strengths really do paint a picture of who I am and how I operate:

  • WooWinning others over is what I do. I am an off-the-charts extrovert with a knack for quality small talk (an oxymoron for most). I walk into a room and make it my own.

  • Includer – I was the kid in school who never let anyone sit alone in the cafeteria. Relatively popular, I was more like the girl next door…not an athlete or a cheerleader but friends with both. Not the valedictorian but smart enough to graduate with honors and be friends with the nerds.

  • Communication – Combined with my woo and includer, communication is probably my most valuable strength. It makes me a master networker who can read a room and command it.

  • Ideation – Probably my favorite strength, ideation allows me to be my most creative. It’s a strategic strength that makes me a good event planner and combine with my woo and communication, it allows my events to be epic.

  • Arranger – While debatable by looking at my office or bedroom, arranger speaks to my organizational skills. I hate filing but I know where everything is on my desk in spite of what looks like chaos.

This seemingly random group of characteristics makes me…ME. Since I learned about my top 5, I have worked to develop them and weave them together to better understand my authentic self. And so here I am with a full-time career in higher education, a part-time non-profit organization and solid side hustle as a public speaker and strengths coach who can bring my clients quality keynote addresses, team building workshops and training, cultural competency training or one-on-one coaching sessions to help you become your best self.

Now that you know a little bit about me, explore this web page and learn about the many ways that I can help you or your organization grow and thrive. Become a power player by understanding your top 5 strengths and working with me to develop them. To learn more contact me using the button below!

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About Rosann

Rosann Santos

Committed to helping professionals from all walks of life excel in their education and careers, I can provide you with high-impact keynote addresses tailored to professionals, college students and career-minded individuals.

I provide high quality professional development workshops; seminars for professional staff training; and motivational, interactive conversations for high school students and their families.

I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish and I’m ready to provide your organization with the quality speaking and training you require.

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