- Gallup Called to Coach Webcast Series
- Season 5, Episode 1
- Learn how students are being trained to coach other students plus how a program for high-potential entrepreneurs is being established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Executive Director of the CliftonStrengths Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Mark Pogue.
In this Called to Coach, Mark Pogue discusses what's going on at the CliftonStrengths Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration. Currently, they are working on a model that trains upperclassmen to coach incoming freshman business-college students around their CliftonStrengths. They recruited 80 students from all over campus, from all different departments to be student coaches. They went around campus and talked to classes in person to ask them to apply to be a coach. Mark presented the opportunity as good preparation for management careers.
They asked the student coaches to participate in a 6-hour training on a Friday afternoon. Their Responsibility as a student coach included completing 2 one-on-one strengths coaching sessions with about 10 students as well as completing a group activity with the 10 students. They asked the coaches to go through activities with the students that would help them understand what they can do in college to help them engage in their career after graduation and help them have lifelong well-being. The groups were required to go out and do Gallup survey work themselves. They had to ask someone who's graduated from college the six Gallup-Purdue Index questions and present on their findings.
The feedback they've received from students was very good. 92% of students thought their time spent with their coach was a positive experience and good use of their time. They thought having two one-on-one feedback sessions around their strengths really shows the school cares about you.
Mark also helped start the Clifton Builder Program on UNL's campus. The Clifton Builder Program helps identify high potential entrepreneurs and gives them the tools to help them start a business, a nonprofit or to be innovative inside an organization. They asked students to apply for the program and they would receive a certificate upon completion. The program consists of a set of courses that provide the tools to start a business pretty quickly.
To hear more about coaching strengths for organizations, individuals and coaches, please watch the full video or listen to the audio above.
Mark Pogue's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are Self-Assurance, Activator, Ideation, Intellection and Command.