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Where Strengths and the Enneagram Meet

Sep 25, 2019 7:49:36 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness, Enneagram

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As I shared in the last post, self-awareness is critical for success in life, work, and relationships, and there are plenty of great tools out there. If you commit to learn from just one tool, you will be farther along today than you were yesterday, and tomorrow you will be farther along than you were today. So, what tools do I use when I work with people?

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5 Reasons for Self-Awareness

Sep 11, 2019 9:07:28 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness, Enneagram

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You find two kinds of people in life and work—those who pursue self-awareness and those who do not. Those who do not can become those who do, but it usually takes an act of disruption—even violence—to upset the status quo of self. I think we’re better off knowing ourselves than not.

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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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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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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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Deeper into Strengths and Motivation

Feb 28, 2019 1:24:10 PM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness, Enneagram

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Last week I wrote about talent development. I love helping folks find their talents—and then growing them into strengths. I mean, I really love it. I’m leading two strengths events this week and have ten booked so far this Spring. However, now that I’ve worked in the realm of strengths for a few years, I’ve identified a missing piece.

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