Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Do You Have Any Idea How Unique You Are? You're 1 in 33 Million

So far in 2015, just as I planned and hoped for, I’ve been fortunate to see my coaching practice grow.  I’ve helped my clients with Resume Coaching, LinkedIn Coaching, Personal Branding, Interview Coaching, Career Coaching, Personal Performance Coaching, Leadership Coaching and Emotional Intelligence Coaching.

I’m getting to do something I passionately love to do and something that I’m experienced, trained, certified and gifted to do.  Yes, that’s a big statement but don’t for a minute think that I think I’m great at everything.  I simply discovered what I had the potential to be great at, built services around what the market needed and now I get to do what I love to do most of the day every day.

You’re 1 in 33 Million

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been privileged to coach uniquely different people.  They’re all technology leaders but they’re different as you’re about to see.

This is one of the things that is so fascinating to me about coaching.  My clients frequently come to me for common reasons.

  • Some people are doing well but they want to maximize their performance and they want to become stronger.  
  • Some people are stuck or are facing options and they don’t know whether they should turn left or right. 
  • Some of my clients have somehow fallen off the tracks and they need help to get back on the right tracks headed in the right direction instead of repeating whatever caused them to fall off the tracks in the first place.
Regardless of the reasons my clients have come to me, I get to work with entirely unique people and extremely smart people to show the unique paths they need to follow in order to reach personal greatness.

For what I’m about to share with you, I would have to look at 33,000,000 more assessment results in order to find one person who is wired exactly like the people represented in these results.  That’s how unique we are as individuals. 

The names are fictitious but their Top 5 Strengths reports are not.  All of the terms used to describe these people’s Strengths belong to Gallup.
Gary:  Analytical, Ideation, Restorative, Responsibility, Strategic                                    
Rob:    Communication, Empathy, WOO, Developer, Individualization     
Brad:  Relator, Strategic, Achiever, Maximizer, Competition
Sue:      Achiever, Futuristic, Focus, Input, Competition                                                     
Lee:      Achiever, Strategic, Relator, Individualization, Arranger                                        
Mary:  Learner, Achiever, Relator, Responsibility, Significance 

Gallup®, StrengthsFinder®, Gallup, Inc. All rights reserved.

What does all this data mean?  This data shows the top 5 traits and strengths of six very unique technology professionals.  There are 34 traits in the StrengthsFinder®, world.  We all possess all 34 traits but the order in which the 34 traits appear for each of us is different. 

This is what makes us all so unique.

Gary:   Gary is loaded with Strategic Thinking and Executing traits and strengths but he does not have Relationship Building and Influencing traits and strengths in his top 5.
Rob:     Rob is loaded with Relationship Building and Influencing traits and strengths but he does not have Strategic Thinking and Executing traits and skills in his top 5.
Brad:    Brad has a well-rounded mix of Strategic Thinking, Executing, Relationship Building and Influencing traits and strengths in his top 5.
Sue:         Sue has a mix of Strategic Thinking, Executing and Influencing traits and strengths but she does not have Relationship Building traits and strengths in her top 5.
Lee:         Lee is heavy on Relationship Building and Executing traits and strengths  in her top 5.  She also has a Strategic Thinking trait or strength in her top 5.  She is short of any Influencing traits or strengths in her top 5.
Mary:      Mary has a well-rounded mix of Strategic Thinking, Executing, Relationship  Building and Influencing traits and strengths in her top 5.

Each of these individuals has the potential to be great at something but that something will be slightly different for each person.  

In this case, can you begin to see how each person has different internal wiring which in turn sets each person up to be great at different things?

These six people are essentially doing the same job.  They’re all working at the Director level or above and they all have staffs of highly technical people working for them.  Do you think they might get different results in their leadership roles?

I have been privileged to help each of these people understand their dominant traits and strengths.  I say traits and strengths because some people have traits in their top 5 that they don’t know are there.  If a person isn't aware of their traits, those traits are not yet strengths. Traits in your top 5 and sometimes traits beyond your top 5 have the potential to be turned into strengths.  

I get to help my clients to understand how they are uniquely and precisely built so they can then align their traits and strengths with work and other activities that will bring them top performance, job satisfaction, sometimes greater compensation and frequently better relationship results.

The other side of knowing one’s strengths is that each strength comes with a potential down-side.  Not knowing and understanding how the down-side of a strength works can put a person in a position where they leave hurt feelings, misunderstandings and broken relationships behind them.

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