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Coaching Resources During Covid-19 Event

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As the world hopes, plans and prepares for life after Covid-19, I have been inspired to watch CliftonStrengths Coaches and Advocates build momentum to assist their communities and organisations by leveraging their natural talent and helping others do the same. About 5 years ago, my Input, Activator and Learner created a library of over 1200 Clifton...
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Integrating a CliftonStrengths Approach to Building a Thought Leadership Practice

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In 2010, I had the privilege of being introduced to CliftonStrengths when I joined Gallup as a Senior Consultant. Within months, I had read Gallup's entire library of Strengths publications ( Strengths-Based Leadership by Tom Rath is my hands down favourite), and committed myself to a career as a Strengths Coach. More recently, Peter Cook sent me a...
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The Wonders of Sporting Loyalty as an International Fan

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With the shock of Global, National and Local lockdowns around the world, the sporting landscape has changed dramatically in the last few months. While recreational sports involving social distancing seem to be acceptable in many parts of the world, competitive sport, especially team contact sports, may represent unnecessary risks for Covid-19 sprea...
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Top 10 Coronavirus Contingency Questions for Business Leaders, Their Employees and Customers

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The world is currently in a challenging place, not helped by fear taking over control from rational decision making. Winston Churchill once said, "Fear is a reaction. Courage is a DECISION." So what will you decide to do - for your family, for your business, for your customers? Every crisis has a silver lining in some way, you just have to look for...
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Building a Sustainable and Thriving Personal Economy

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In September 2017, following 22 years of employment in the pharmaceutical and management consulting industries, I had the courage to establish ChrisMillerCoaching when my mindset took a giant leap from 'safely employed and following a semi-predictable career' to 'self-employed and riding a roller coaster every single day'! One of the ways my mindse...
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Top 10 Exceptional Albums of my Life (so far!) - Themes for Personal Growth and Development

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I LOVE music on so many levels - the artistry, the genius, the power of a great lyric. With music now streaming, albums are becoming less and less relevant, and yet the top artists around the world, today as in the past, are able to build a collection of music that tell a story, or reflect the evolution of that artist at that particular time. The l...
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2020 Goals and Intentions

I often reflect on the power of Hopes, Dreams, Goals and Intentions during the turn of the year. As the year and decade come to an end, here are a few of my key intentions for 2020 and beyond... Support family near and far to make Dreams become a reality (including a fantastic family reunion at Christmas 2020!) Continuously improve my fitness, ener...
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2019 Year in Review: A Game of Two Halves

As 2019 and a whole decade comes to an end, it has been rewarding to reflect on the highs and lows of the year, and some of the amazing experiences along the way. The list below represents the very best highlights and moments of resilience throughout the year, as shaped by my own set of Values: Family - by far the greatest highlight of the year was...
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Clifton Strengths Metaphors Through the Movies!

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As a Strengths Advocate and Coach, I am always on the lookout for great metaphors in life representing a particular Clifton Strengths theme or even the philosophy of Strengths itself! Many of my favourite movies resonate with me because of my own Top 15 (my Dominant Themes) or simply because they reflect my Belief that we are all uniquely gifted, a...
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Crafting Clifton Strengths Curiosity Questions to Lift Client Insight and Performance

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Ever since I fell in love with the art of Coaching in 2007 when I read Coaching for Performance by Sir John Whitmore and subsequently trained with the Coaching Academy in the UK, I have held true to the simple definition that a great Coach: 1) Asks simple and powerful questions of their client 2) Listens deeply to the answers, in anticipation of a ...
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Feeding Connectedness and Oneness, in Equal Measure!

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I am always on the look out for inspiration for my top Clifton Strengthsfinder Themes, none more so than my #3 Theme, Connectedness. I often describe my Connectedness in coaching conversations as a 'game of two halves' - one Spiritual, one Practical. My Spiritual side believes everything happens for a reason, there are no coincidences and I kind of...
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Inspiring Lyrics for Life and Business - A Personal Reflection

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I have always loved music, and especially the art of crafting a magical lyric that gives you goosebumps or evokes a memory when you hear it. The list below represents my own 'favourite lyrics' for very personal reasons, and though some speak for themselves, many are my favourite due to the association I place with a certain person, moment or event!...
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Top 10 Personal Wellington Office Locations

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1.  Home Office , Khandallah - my private space, surrounded by my favourite books and coaching resources (though space shared with the family table tennis table!) 2.  Gotham , Chews Lane - pretty much my first choice cafe over the last 12 years - private booths for an intimate lunch or sensitive coaching session, this was the location of ...
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Top 10 Brands I Love - for purely personal reasons!

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Weet-Bix & Cadbury Drinking Chocolate - 15 years of breakfasts and 'Scottish Suppers' before bedtime for two of my favourite people in the whole world! Disney/Pixar - Because they know how to 'make people smile' and deliver animation with emotion and inspiration. Too many individual films to mention... probably a future blog post! Apple - phone...
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My Top 10 Life Hacks

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Everyone seems to have their own version of 'life hacks' at the moment. I share this not to be followed or copied, but to inspire you to come up with your own Top 10 Life Hacks list. What makes Your Life more bearable, enjoyable or wonderful? Share all suggestions in the comment box below! 1. No devices (for the whole family!) between 8pm and ...
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Great tips, C. I love “Be curious”. Although I feel, for myself anyway, that this quality be-felled me, instead of me seeking it o... Read More
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ChrisMillerCoaching 2019 Mid-Year Review: A Game of Two Halves!

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Inspired by Greg Lucier, former CEO of Invitrogen, I am committed to documenting the Successes and Challenges of my business journey with end-of-year and mid-year reflections of progress. The last six months has very much been a game of two halves, with feast and famine both being experienced along the way. Here are some of my greatest insights: Th...
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Becoming a Strengths-Based Family!

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  As a Strengths-Advocate, Enthusiast and Coach, I have been very aware of my potential to get 'evangelical' about the Strengths Movement. In particular, I have to tread very carefully with my own family regarding accessing, exploring and thriving using their own strengths. But sometimes a day comes along that just changes things. Last Sunday ...
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My Favourite Clifton Strengths Self-Coaching Questions (based on my Dominant Themes)

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The following list of questions, based on my Clifton Strengths Dominant Themes, are those I use all of the time to keep making progress and experiencing Success, Happiness and Fulfilment in my Life. Based on your own themes, what are your favourite self-coaching questions? Maximiser - What is the ONE Thing I can do TODAY to improve or simplify my l...
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From Employee Engagement, to Personal Engagement, to Fulfilment: A Journey Towards Self-Determination

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It seems only yesterday that the working world discovered and labeled the phrase Employee Engagement, and held it up as the panacea for productivity, morale building and increased profitability or organisational success. The fact that decades have now passed, and the performance needle has barely moved as a result of Measuring Engagement & Asso...
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My Top 10 Personal Approaches to Fulfilment - Living my Purpose Every Single Day

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  If Success is 'getting what you want' and Happiness is 'wanting what you have', then Fulfilment is 'living your Purpose every single day'. In this third instalment of a three-part series, I explore my own personal approach to finding and experiencing Fulfilment. Everyone is different - this is simply my own personal list based on 47 years of...
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