- Gallup Called to Coach Webcast Series
- Season 1, Episode 14
- Learn about Don Clifton and the connections he discovered between using your strengths and positive life and work outcomes.
On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup Senior Practice Consultant Jacque Merritt. Jacque has consulted with many of Gallup's U.S.-based and international clients on team building, succession management, selection, and executive development.
Jacque gave us a glimpse into her strengths-coaching journey and experiences, leaving us with priceless information and insights into the life of a successful strengths coach.
Think Big; Act Small
Sometimes individuals with big goals doubt their ability to accomplish them, but the first step in achieving those goals is to take one small step at a time. Whether the goal involves spending more time with family or garnering more financial freedom, it's important to do what you can, even if it is a small act. For example, Jacque had a client who yearned to spend more time with his family, but felt he was too busy with work. Since he couldn't quit his job, he decided he would sit down and have a bowl of cereal with his son every morning. Although it seems like a fairly small act, it had a huge effect on his role as a father, and his relationship with his family.
Create Goals for Your Sessions
If you're thinking about becoming a coach, are brand new to coaching, or are a veteran coach, be sure to enter every coaching session with a goal. Think about one thing that you want each client to discover, and leave every coaching session with an "Aha!" moment.
To learn more about Jacque and her work with strengths, watch the full video above.
Jacque Merritt's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are Woo, Maximizer, Input, Focus and Connectedness.