“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood.”–Ralph Nichols
Individualism is one of the greatest gifts we have. The freedom to speak openly and express ourselves fully is something we should appreciate–it gives deep meaning to our lives. Every one of us has the opportunity to make our own individual contribution to the world. Many times we find ourselves inhibited from really doing this–we second guess ourselves, we doubt our abilities, we don’t understand what our unique advantage is and how to bring it to life.
As an executive coach, I help people to understand themselves and why they do what they do by first analyzing their strengths. After we analyze each person’s strengths, we develop a plan for how to leverage them in their family, their job and in their community. That is the secret to making that special contribution each of us yearns to make–a contribution that is a full expression of who each of us is as an individual.
I am inspired by the successes that I see in my coaching clients every day. It was encouraging to read an article in The Washington Post about how executive coaching is increasingly being used as an effective way to support successful executives. (A common misunderstanding is that executive coaching is used as a life raft for a failing executive. ) An executive coach should “help you better understand your strengths and areas for improvement.”
I use the StrengthsFinder, developed by the Gallup Poll with thousands of people in organizations around the world, which determines my clients top five strengths. My clients are always excited to learn about their strengths and surprised how accurate they seem to be. You would think that we would know what our strengths are, but it turns out that most of us don’t. They are so integral to who we are that we take them for granted and don’t realize that there is anything special about them.
Recently I have been working with a whole team of managers at Hillside House in Santa Barbara. It is exciting to learn what strengths they possess collectively as a team and how they can not only leverage these strengths individually but together as a group.
Feel free to give the StrengthsFinder a shot….for free! Schedule a no fee session at your leisure (which is done from your home or office over the phone) and we’ll go over the assessment and get you on the way to gaining greater understanding of what talents you possess.
Dr. Lynn K. Jones
Certified Personal and Executive Coach