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:
Woo – Winning 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!
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.