- Gallup Called to Coach Webcast Series
- Season 1, Episode 4
- Learn how one coach left a successful career after he realized he was not making a difference in people's lives, and how CliftonStrengths has changed that.
On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with guest coach Michael Dauphinee, president of The Dauphinee Group, which provides consulting, coaching, leadership development support, and human resources support to individuals and companies worldwide.
Dauphinee lost his first job at the age of 13 because his manager said he talked too much. Thereafter, he thought he needed to position himself in roles where he talked less -- until he took the CliftonStrengths assessment and discovered his strengths.
When he initially received his Top 5 strengths, Dauphinee felt a sense of failure at the realization that he hadn't been true to himself. His strengths report said his habitual talking was actually a strength, and that he should find a career doing something where he was able to talk more frequently. He knew he could either deny it, or somehow step into his true self.
As a consultant with Hewlett Packard, Dauphinee frequently traveled overseas -- something he enjoyed, but after a while he began to notice a void in his life that he needed to fill. He left his job at HP, because he felt that he wasn't making a difference in people's lives -- he came to the realization that no one had become a better person because of what he was doing there. This was Dauphinee's call to coach.
Other highlights from this episode of Called to Coach:
Communication Isn't Information Sent; It's Information Received
When coaching managers, it's important to help them realize that not every employee communicates the same way. Some might require a detailed plan, while others might prefer communication to come on the fly. Until managers fully understand their employees' individual strengths, they won't be able to properly and effectively communicate with them. This is how managers can engage their employees, instead of just sending communication in their direction.
Dauphinee often meets people who think they need to retake the CliftonStrengths assessment. He says it's imperative, however, that if you choose to take CliftonStrengths a second time, you define why it is that you are retaking the assessment. If it's because you want a different label and you aren't satisfied with your current Top 5, don't retake it. Instead, figure out how to step into the roles of your innate talents instead of running away from them.
For more insights and information from Michael, watch the full video above.
Michael Dauphinee's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are Communication, Command, Activator, Positivity and Relator.