- Gallup Called to Coach Webcast Series
- Season 3, Episode 29
- Learn about the coaching business a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach has built after a successful management career, and some amazing people he's coached along the way.
On a recent Called to Coach we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Oscar Trimboli.
Oscar built a successful career as a manager at Microsoft. One of his proudest achievements was the creation of Microsoft Protégé -- an experiential learning environment for students to gain insights and skills while working on real world projects. While at Microsoft, Oscar was promoted to a managerial position where he tailored development plans to each of his team members. A significant part of his new role involved discussing his team members' potential and opportunities for growth. He was so successful at improving his team's productivity and engagement that his boss recommended that Oscar consider personal coaching as a business opportunity.
After extensively researching the possibility of starting his own consulting business focused on personal coaching, Oscar decided to make the transition and leave the corporate offices of Microsoft. It was at this time that he discovered the CliftonStrengths assessment and the strengths movement -- and he was hooked. Oscar explained that he finally had a comprehensive language for the coaching and development he had done at Microsoft. He immediately incorporated strengths into the heart of his new consulting business.
Since beginning his coaching business, Oscar has had the opportunity to work with fascinating people all over the world. One of his favorite strengths success stories was working with ultramarathon swimmer, James Pittar. Over the course of his lifetime, James has swum more than 24,000 miles -- nearly the circumference of the earth at its equator! But what's most remarkable is that James is blind. James contacted Oscar to coach him on his strengths and to help him write a book about his life. Oscar guided James through the booking writing process - he held him accountable to strict deadlines and worked with him on editing content. Oscar and James agreed that James's blindness would never be used as an excuse to not write or improve the book. Oscar explained that he would never have met an extraordinary person like James without becoming a strengths coach.
To learn more about Oscar and his coaching experiences and expertise, watch the full video or listen to the audio above.
Oscar Trimboli's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are Individualization, Relator, Ideation, Learner and Responsibility.