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Strength-Based Coaching

Posted in Coaching by treyfinley1008 on March 12, 2010

My wife Marla and I love American Idol. We didn’t start watching until season five, but now we can’t imagine missing a show. It’s something of a date night for us. And since we both have some musical training, we consider ourselves to be highly informed critics. 🙂

Whether you’re a fan of American Idol or not, there is an interesting dynamic that takes place in the phase of the show where they whittle down the Top 24 to the Top 12. Many of the contestants find this to be a very confusing three weeks, as the judges seem contradictory and even a bit prickly (Simon is always prickly, but that’s beside the point).

It’s not uncommon to hear a contestant say after hearing the judges’ critiques, “That’s something I need to work on.” When a contestant says that, I’ve come to the realization that this contestant has very little chance of winning the competition. The ones that can win are almost always that those that understand their talents for singing, and their niche in the music industry. They understand their strengths. (Caveat here–some that advance aren’t always the best at this, they’re just popular.)

I don’t wish to gloss over the need to fix fatal weaknesses. In the case of American Idol, those with fatal weaknesses were eliminated long before the Top 24. But Strengths-based Coaching prioritizes bringing out what is best in a person.

Over the course of several months, the coach and client together identify what is best about the client. As they do, they begin to ask questions about how engaged those strengths are–how well they understand their strengths, how well they develop those strengths, and how well they use those strengths as they relate to others.

Coaching is distinct from teaching, mentoring, or consulting in that it is self-directed development. Instead of an expert in the field, a coach is an expert guide through the jungle of self-development.

Do you know your strengths? If you do, how well are you using them? Post a comment here if you’d like to know more; I’d be happy to visit with you.


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  1. […] out this post that discusses the option that may work best by using the example of American Idol […]

  2. 2mannasisters said,

    Very well said. And funny too about the AI part.

    Thanks for helping our team discover our strengths. It feels so freeing to just hone in on what I’m good at and like the most instead of trying to be all things to all people and beating my head against a wall.

    I feel like I can begin to truly value other people in all that they are now too.

    Here are my strengths below.


    –Marla Finley

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