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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


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


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


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


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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The Missing Piece of Talent Development

Feb 20, 2019 6:40:13 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness, Enneagram


As a strengths trainer and coach, I help folks to understand their talented behaviors so they can make the most of them. It’s exciting to see people come alive to their talents and apply them to relationships, work, and life.

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How the 34 Strengths Do Disney World

Feb 5, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths


My friend recently took his family to Disney World®. Knowing his strengths, I got to thinking about how he "does" Disney, and how might someone else with different strengths do Disney differently? In this post, we consider how the 34 strengths might behave in the Magic Kingdom®.

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Five Words to Describe Human Resources

Jan 24, 2019 9:43:05 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement, Strengths, Self-Awareness


As the head of Human Resources for our company, I have a vision for our employees. It comes down to five words. We want to be: person-centric, performance-minded, strengths-based, engagement-focused, and self-aware.

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