It all started with the realization that traditional Talent Development doesn't serve the employees. Something is missing, and that something is the person! Development programs are aligned with organizational competencies and completely ignore the individual. I always struggled with training courses my managers sent me to as I never found them relevant.
Also, I was not too fond of the idea that corporate development programs and processes focused on fixing my weaknesses, leaving me feeling a complete failure. Very demotivating.
I knew I had to do something about it other than moaning about Learning & Development and my managers. So I embarked on the journey of self-development, and I made it clear that I didn't want anything from my company. I came across Gallup's Strengths Finder assessment, and that has changed my whole career. I finally understood what I am good at (despite signs that were there all along). I understood why I got disengaged in my roles after a year or so despite achieving great successes. I learned how to use my strengths to compensate for my weaknesses (not fixing them) and not feel inadequate.
Then I thought, why nobody is being taught or told about this? Well, because we are so programmed at organizations that we don't see other alternatives, therefore, we don't know what we don't know.
But here I am ready to change the world of Talent Development turning one corner after another.
I'm an organizational Psychologist who spent 17 years in the corporate environment. I help develop positive, effective work environments that support employee success, and organizational productivity, by focusing on making a strong match between employees and their roles.
As a Gallup strengths coach, I help people and teams do what they do best every day to improve their quality of work & life outside of work. Strengths coaching is about identifying individuals natural talent - strengths - and focusing on developing those further instead of fixating on their weaknesses. Using Gallup's Strengths tools I develop my understanding of their natural talent and then I use that to guide them to discover and capitalize on what they do best.
I am like Nanny McPhee; When you need me, but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me, but no longer need me, then I have to go.
My top 5 personal strengths are Intellection, Learner, Input, Responsibility, and Discipline.
My dominant group strengths are Influencer & Equalizer