The Clifton Strengths Summit is a highlight of the year for Gallup Strengths coaches. The inspirational speakers, the informative breakout sessions and meeting amazing people.
Travelling 3000 miles to Omaha, Nebraska, USA was well worth the journey to join 1500 other strengths coaches. There is so much we have in common, yet we are all so different.
As a Gallup Licensed Partner, the Cascade tool attracted some interest helping it to benefit more coaches worldwide.
Reflecting back on meeting so many people with lots of amazing experiences, it is hard to distil it down to just a few. My top five are;
1 Meeting the Global Strengths Mastermind (GSM) group IN PERSON.
We are a group of 17 strengths coaches covering three continents. Meeting over Zoom video link every month for the past two years we also interact closely with online communications. This is my strengths tribe where we support each other to grow as a diverse group of coaches.
Zoom doesn’t give the people justice and it was so nice to see them in person for the first time. We celebrated our togetherness with dinner on Sunday evening.
2 Meeting the Cascade Community, again in person.
Living in the UK I rarely see coaches using Cascade in person as most are overseas. The Clifton Strengths Summit let me meet around 100 people in the Cascade Community for the first time. This means so much more than emails or online chats. Hearing the wonderful stories how Cascade is making a difference was incredible. For me, it is not about the software, it is how it can help to transform a coaching business.
3 The keynote speech from Johnny C Taylor
Kicking off the Clifton Strengths Summit was Johnny C Taylor’s energetic message about disrupting the workplace. Let’s think differently and let’s make it happen!
He suggested that instead of working on Diversity & Inclusion, we work on Inclusion & Diversity.
4 ‘This is Me’ performance
A special choir including some of the Gallup staff performed ‘This is Me’ written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek.
The words are so wonderful and so true. Let’s take off our mask and go back to how we are meant to be.
“I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me”
5 Chance Meeting
As I can only list my top five, I have to include this; meeting Jim Clifton, Gallup CEO, in the lift on the way to the Summit.
The two of us looked at each other in the lift, he saw my branded shirt and asked “Cascade, now I’ve heard about that – tell me more.”
What an incredible opportunity to give him my Elevator Pitch!
There are so many other stories and people who formed special memories in the action-packed week. The Pre-Summit MeetUps, the breakout sessions and sharing meals together. Thank you everyone for making the week so amazing.
The next Clifton Strengths Summit is from 1st to 3rd June 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska.