Congratulations are in order for our President and CEO, Kendall Lott, who is now a certified StrengthsFinder coach. StrengthsFinder is a personal development approach to help individuals determine their personal set of talents so they can optimize their performance in every aspect of their lives. The certification process from the Gallup organization (yes, the people who conduct the polls) consists of a one-week intensive course, a 90-minute exam, and practice coaching sessions, which must receive high recommendations from at least six coaching clients.
When asked, “Why StrengthsFinder?” Kendall was quick to answer. ”What I like about StrengthsFinder is that, unlike many psychometric instruments that indicate ‘you are a certain way,’ or other coaching methods that ask ‘what’s not working?’ this focuses on what you do well. We don’t want to just avoid failure, we want to be excellent, and we want to achieve excellence in ways that each of us finds comfortable and personally exciting.” With his keen interest in organizational change and individual empowerment (professional development), Kendall hopes to use the precepts of StrengthsFinder to boost his own team. He also plans to offer management coaching for groups that want to improve their organizations.
By the way – according to StrengthsFinder, Kendall’s signature strengths are: Input, Strategic, Futuristic, Ideation, and Intellection.