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“We met for the first time when the projects I was involved in left me with self-doubt about my abilities and wanting to do the project.   Exploring my strengths with Geoffrey let me start to look at the way I approach things – looking for ways to do them that energises me and the unique way I actually see things (that others might miss).”

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“Geoffrey’s work with the group has had a huge impact on people, as has the one to one work he has done with group members.  His work allows people to be free to be themselves, to learn more self awareness and to develop strength, allowing them to do the things they dream of, and the assertiveness to say no and not listen to listen to those who would cast doubt. “

“By working with Geoffrey we quickly identified my strengths which radically transformed the way I work and the way I approach new projects. It has meant I am more focused, I work harder, but because I have more direction, I am more productive.”

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“Geoffrey is able to listen to what you say, then reflect it back (often more articulately), maybe picking out some key things, and thereby often giving one a fresh perspective on what is being discussed.  Geoffrey really helped me order my thoughts, so that I was thinking more clearly and identifying details rather than feeling lost in the “big picture”. “

“I was able to identify my strengths, and the process of doing so took me down many different paths that I hadn’t explored before. … This resulted in my choosing a new kind of job and lifestyle (freelance), and buying a house in a different part of the country. “

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GO LIVE YOUR STRENGTHS is not so much offered as a course or programme, but an adaptable experience initially lasting between four to five sessions of at least one hour each.  It can also be explored with groups of people, opening up the complementary nature of diverse Strengths (towards further development of Strengths for everyone), and it can be delivered as a seminar experience with workshops.

REVIEWS

The following reviews contain three elements I asked participants to feed back:

  • The need they hoped to have met by exploring their Strengths;
  • How this need was met;
  • Reflections on the process.

A University Research Associate shares:
I explored my strengths with Geoffrey in 2011 and we’ve continued to meet up regularly since.  We met for the first time when the projects I was involved in left me with self-doubt about my abilities and wanting to do the project.

Exploring my strengths with Geoffrey let me start to look at the way I approach things – looking for ways to do them that energises me and the unique way I actually see things (that others might miss).  It helped me start to prioritise the things that I must do to appreciate my own work.

The process with Geoffrey was straightforward, led by myself with Geoffrey stewarding, asking questions for clarity or ways to expand on my own words, but leaving me to form my own conclusions.  Overall the process creates much needed space and time to allow honest self-awareness and reflection that many may never make time for, or even realise and look for in themselves.

The facilitators of a Choose Life support group shares:
The aims of the Choose Life group are that we help people to help each other move from places of despair to hope by encouraging one another, to find ways to cope and live more fully, and discover what their passions are.  We hoped that by exploring strengths with Geoffrey this would be fulfilling one of our aims.  He was more well received than we could have hoped for and group members continue to refer to the difference his work has made to their lives in a very positive way.

Geoffrey’s work with the group has had a huge impact on people, as has the one to one work he has done with group members.  His work allows people to be free to be themselves, to learn more self awareness and to develop strength, allowing them to do the things they dream of, and the assertiveness to say no and not listen to listen to those who would cast doubt.  His work with people enables them to not be afraid to be who they are and to trust their own aspirations to do what they love rather than do the things others think we should do.

Geoffrey’s method and process of working through strengths was very gentle, always pitched appropriately and mindful of how people were feeling.  Over the weeks he worked with us, he progressed by building on what had been done in previous sessions.

A Theatre Director shares:
I started working with Geoffrey when I was looking to see what direction I should be going with my work.  At that time I was overworked and not terribly focused, resulting in burnout.  I needed a sounding board to help me identify my strengths and areas to be working in.

By working with Geoffrey we quickly identified my strengths which radically transformed the way I work and the way I approach new projects. It has meant I am more focused, I work harder, but because I have more direction, I am more productive.  It really helped having someone who was outside of my business to look on, comment, and, most importantly, ask questions!  That helped me to go away and find the answers for myself, which resulted in a more streamlined way of working.  It has also meant I take more risks, safe in the knowledge that they are calculated risks and ones I should be undertaking.

I found the whole process really helpful.  Asking questions is great because it means we go away and have to think things through ourselves. Also, Geoffrey has access to tools and information that I didn’t have, allowing me to identify my strengths and weaknesses.  Really helpful and transformative both in business and in my personal life!

A University Admissions Assistant shares:
I was dissatisfied with my job, and felt as though my career was a little aimless.  Despite initially being unsure, I was attracted by the description: an opportunity to explore my strengths, think about where I was and where I wanted to be, and from a personal perspective, really reflect upon my working life and try to find more direction.  This was my focus when I began and from the outset could see the positive direction this journey would take.  The initial strengthsfinder questionnaire was extremely useful, immediately highlighting areas where my professional life was perhaps lacking, and giving me a better idea of the types of areas I could or should focus on for more satisfaction.

Now that I am looking back on the experience, my reflections are overwhelmingly positive.  In the beginning I found it difficult to talk about myself, but Geoffrey is able to listen to what you say, then reflect it back (often more articulately), maybe picking out some key things, and thereby often giving one a fresh perspective on what is being discussed.  Geoffrey really helped me order my thoughts, so that I was thinking more clearly and identifying details rather than feeling lost in the “big picture”.  In further meetings we extended our conversation to many different areas … and he has been a useful sounding board as I take a new direction in my working life.

Overall, the practical aspect of having the opportunity to simply speak to a supportive and attentive listener, and have him take notes which he then presented in written report of what was said, (including any writers or books which had been mentioned) made for a very effective and rewarding personal learning experience.

A Freelance Psychoanalyst sharess:
I thought that by exploring my strengths, I could find out the ways in which I am different to other people, which would help me to focus on what I might be able to do to serve God in a way that I’m best able to do.  I felt that by understanding my strengths, I would be able to build on them and to live my life to its full potential, the way that God intended.  At that time, I was at a crossroads in my life and I wanted to use my understanding of my strengths to help me make decisions about which direction to move in.

I was able to identify my strengths, and the process of doing so took me down many different paths that I hadn’t explored before.  It wasn’t straightforward, and this was good because it meant that before I identified my strengths I had explored many other aspects of my life (e.g. beliefs, values, friendships, what is lifegiving/deadening) and all this fed into the “strengths statements” I developed.  This resulted in my choosing a new kind of job and lifestyle (freelance), and buying a house in a different part of the country.  I have returned to my strengths statements a number of times since, to remind myself about what is important to me, and to help me review the direction my life has taken, and whether this is enabling me to live out my strengths.

The process itself was slow and challenging – which was just the way it needed to be, for me.  Each meeting and task involved me thinking about issues I hadn’t thought about before, which took a lot of energy.  Even once I’d developed my strength statements, I continued to work on them, refine them, think about how they worked in practice, until I’d really internalised them.  Even now, several years later, I can tell you exactly what my strengths statements are – the slow, careful, intense process we went through means that the strengths statements are part of me and part of my life, and I can refer to them mentally at any time, in order to help me make decisions.  At several points it was difficult for me to see where we were heading, but I had confidence that Geoffrey knew so I was able to continue to give the process all the energy it needed.

(August 2014)

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