About Strengths Work
Strengths Work is a strengths-based coaching company that specializes in empowering women. Instead of focusing on your weaknesses, we focus on your strengths.
Think about it like this:
Talent + Knowledge + Strength-Building = Extraordinary Results
You already have the talent.
That’s innate and your greatest source of power.
You acquire knowledge through the Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment.
It’s based on decades of research and has been used by millions worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies, the World Bank, the United Nations, federal agencies, and the military.
You build strengths with the help of a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.
That’s me, Kimberly Giddens. At the core of what I do is increasing awareness and accountability. But what really gets me energized is targeting moments of excellence and helping you repeat those successes.
What you get are extraordinary results.
The kind of results will depend on your goals. Maybe it’s a promotion, a new job, a career transition. Maybe it’s a more effective leadership style. Maybe it’s team building. Maybe it’s increased profits and sales.
Whatever you want – for your career, your staff, your company – Strengths Work will help you get there.
Let’s get started.
Strengths Work: A Journey of Empowerment
My passion for strengths work began in 2006. At the time, I was working as a district manager in the retail industry. As much as I loved my job, I struggled to manage staff who didn’t seem to value the work as much as I did.
Then I took the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment.
It not only gave me invaluable insight into my strengths; it opened my eyes to the fact that strengths can manifest as weaknesses. That’s what was happening to me.
StrengthsFinder revealed that one of my top traits is that of Relator – developing deep relationships is important to me. So, when I was unable to relate to employees who didn’t share my passion for the work, I struggled.
“Empower and inspire women and others to impact the world by actively strengthening their talents to reach their full potential.”
– Kimberly Giddens
I started working with my own Gallup strengths coach and things started falling into place.
Instead of struggling to relate to my employees as friends, I shifted my focus to relating to them as a mentor, proving to be a far more effective management style.
Shortly after taking the assessment, I was offered a similar job with a different company that really embraced the strengths philosophy, where I immersed myself in strengths training.
Long story short, strengths work changed my life, inspiring me to share this empowering tool.
My Commitment to You.
As your strengths-based coach, I will listen powerfully, with empathy and objectivity. I will learn your goals and understand your perspective. I will bring courage to the conversation, ensuring we get to the root of what should be driving your direction. I will help you map the individualized career path leading to a lucrative career and personal fulfillment.
Depending on the type of strengths coaching you choose, you will have all sorts of other objectives. There will inevitably be some overlap among the different types of coaching, but, in general, here’s what to expect of each.
Beyond the basics outlined above, expect career coaching to focus on things like:
- Positioning you to get promoted and make more money in the process
- Making a career transition based on a full exploration of your career options
- Mapping out a lucrative career path for you.
Executive Leadership Coaching
Expect executive and leadership coaching to focus on things like:
- Identifying and strengthening your leadership traits
- Identifying and strengthening the talents of the people you lead
- Facilitating productive collaborations among them
- Listening to your employees, identifying their motivations, and creating opportunities for their satisfaction and success.
High Performing Team Coaching
Expect team coaching to focus on things like:
- Mapping out a plan of action for goal achievement utilizing everyone’s talents
- Facilitating productive meetings, collaboration, and team building
- Setting measurable milestones
- Tracking progress and adjusting the plan as necessary
- Acknowledging when team members outperform expectations
The Impact of Strengths Work
My experience alone is enough to tell me that strengths work makes a difference, from leadership and team building, to job advancement and career transition. But there are plenty of Gallup stats to back that up.
People who receive strengths-based coaching are:
- 78 percent more productive atwork
- 3 times as likely to have excellent quality of life
- 6 times as likely to be engaged at work
- 6 times as likely to do what you do best every day
Organizations and teams that receive strengths-based coaching:
- Increase profits by 14 to 29 percent
- Increase sales by 10 to 19 percent
- Lower turnover by 6 to 72 percent
It’s results like these that ignited my passion for the strengths-based approach – results measured in business metrics, employee engagement, and personal satisfaction from not only doing what you love but doing it to your fullest potential.