- Gallup Called to Coach Webcast Series
- Season 4, Episode 40
- Learn about an Indian finance professional's strengths journey and how his firm uses CliftonStrengths to focus on talent-based hiring.
On a recent Called to Coach: India Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Annadurai Vinayagam.
Annadurai is a finance professional with 33 years of experience. He currently handles talent mobility from India to the Middle East, as well as coaching and mentoring for Sodexo. When he became head of HR in 2003 his mentor gave him the book First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths. He took the StrengthsFinder assessment in 2005. He coached hundreds of people before becoming a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, but he still had lots of questions which were answered in his Gallup coaching course. In his course, he gained more confidence in his coaching abilities and learned deeper insights into strengths and the raw vs. mature.
Later, Anna took the 360, which strongly boosted his strengths journey. Meeting deadlines came up as something that needed some work in his 360. He looked at his themes and realized he needed to find someone with complementary themes to balance him out and meet deadlines. Anna has also been successful at using CliftonStrengths to help find the right talent for his company. His industry is growing fast so it's not always easy to find people with a high level of experience. So instead, they focus on finding people with the right talent and then help them learn about the industry. Anna suggests coaching someone for a few sessions to get to know them before deploying the CliftonStrengths assessment. It has been very effective for him.
To hear more about how Annadurai uses strengths to enhance people's lives, please watch the video or listen to the audio above.
Annadurai Vinayagam's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are Strategic, Individualization, Ideation, Developer and Maximizer.