One of the initial things that piqued my interest in Gallup’s strengths assessment was how helpful it could be for growing relationships. Their resources emphasize how strengths play out in relationships as well as how we grow our strengths in the context of relationships. Because of this I sought certification as a Gallup strengths coach.
While one scarf can be pretty and warm, we aren’t meant to wrap ourselves in a bunch of them! If we try this, we’ll find that it quickly becomes difficult to keep them on, much less move in them.
In my last post, we talked about how we tend to wrap ourselves in relationships, abilities, position, and possessions to know who we are and be known by other people.
Does anyone know what kind of flower this is? I saw it while I was in California this spring for a Gallup CliftonStrengths coaching course. I hadn’t seen one of these before, and it caught my attention as being peculiar and out-of-the-ordinary.
The stakes that landscapers use for newly planted trees provide a great metaphor for coaching. These stakes are there to support the tree so it can thrive and grow, and after a while they are removed. Similarly, coaches come alongside people in times of growth, change, or hardship in order to support and encourage them for a time.
Our strengths are what we can most naturally live and love well out of. We each have different talents that help us live well. There are many ways we can love the people in our lives well. When we know our natural style for living and loving, we can be intentional and more effective in our own unique way.
Each of these pictures represents one of the Top 5 Strengths Themes that I live and love out of. My themes are Responsibility, Empathy, Discipline, Connectedness, and Positivity. Can you guess which picture goes with which theme? (See answers at the end of this post!)