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A Clean and Simple Formula for Giving Feedback Using Your Strengths

Aug 28, 2019 9:17:07 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Personal Growth

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Most of us don’t enjoy giving feedback to people. That’s because there are three challenges to overcome. First, you may not have developed basic feedback skills. Second, you see the world a certain way. Third, the other person sees the world their way. That’s three big challenges that can create a mess. But you can overcome these challenges through a simple and clean feedback formula that makes use of your strengths.

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Why I Was Wrong about Strengths and the Enneagram

Aug 7, 2019 10:13:53 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Enneagram

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Recently I published a blog post about the intersection of the Enneagram and strengths. I was wondering how the CliftonStrengths assessment, which identifies natural areas of talent, might relate to the Enneagram tool, which explains nine personality types. After a couple of weeks of reflection and feedback, I’m rethinking some points I made in the blog post.

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On Talent and Three Ways of the Enneagram

Jul 24, 2019 8:43:56 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Enneagram

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Note: Read my response to this blog post after thinking more about this topic.

Sometimes connections between ideas come when you’re not expecting them, even in front of a room of people. Recently I was leading an introductory strengths workshop for a team. While explaining the concept of talent, I shared Gallup's definition of talent:

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How the Enneagram Created a Hero Dad Moment with Jerry from Parks and Recreation

Jun 25, 2019 12:20:17 PM / by Chris Heinz posted in Self-Awareness, Enneagram

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When I was flying home from the Detroit airport a few weeks ago, I didn’t expect to create a hero dad moment for my teenage daughter, but that’s what happened. I have the Enneagram to thank…and Jerry from Parks and Recreation. Let me explain.

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Five Core Needs of All of Us

Jun 14, 2019 8:59:53 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Self-Awareness

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Sometimes you find remarkable insight in places you didn’t expect. With a teenager in the family and two on deck, I’m reading a book called, Screens and Teens by Dr. Kathy Koch. As you can guess, the book is about technology and teenagers. It's full of great ideas, but I didn’t expect it to be so relevant to adult life and work.

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10 Hot Topics for Strengths Coaching

May 22, 2019 11:04:09 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness

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Sometimes I get asked what happens in a strengths coaching session (or a strengths debrief as it’s also called). The short answer is it depends on what the client wants to get out of it. I don’t approach a session with my own agenda; as a coach, I want to follow the client’s agenda.

But if a client has never been to a coaching session, they may not know the possibilities. That’s when I like to offer options so the client can choose what will be most valuable. The subject is strengths, but there are so many topics we could cover.

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Only You Can Be You

Apr 30, 2019 9:45:47 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness

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My daughter is nearing the age of 16, which reminded me of my driving test when I was 16. I failed it twice. One reason I failed it the first time—and I say “one reason” because I’m sure there were other reasons—was because I didn’t use the turn signal enough.

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Four Ways to Create the Right Environment for Your Talents and Strengths

Apr 4, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness

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Last week, I said that employee engagement is the responsibility of the organization, managers, and employees. Employees ought to know what personally drives them to feel engaged, what factors cause them to give their discretionary best. If something is amiss at work, they can explore what’s missing. The same goes for talents and strengths.

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3 Myths of Employee Engagement

Mar 26, 2019 8:39:02 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement

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The other day I was coaching a supervisor whose team members weren’t as engaged as she wanted them to be. We talked about the reasons for that and brainstormed possible solutions. After coming up with five or six possibilities, she highlighted two that seemed doable for her, and decided to try them. I’m looking forward to hearing the results.

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How the 34 Strengths Choose A Baby Name

Mar 12, 2019 10:58:37 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths

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Several of my friends are preparing to have babies. That made me wonder how people with different strengths might choose a baby name. We considered the same thing with Disney World, so we thought we’d do the same with baby names.

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