RESOURCES

For personal growth

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Discover Opal Training Group’s recommended personal growth resources.

Strengths Finder

  • Destination Unstoppable
  • Draw On Your Strengths - great way for creative, artistic people to better understand their themes
  • First, Break All The Rules: What The World's Greatest Managers Do Differently - letter to industry about strengths
  • How Full Is Your Bucket
  • Soar With Your Strengths: A Simple Yet Revolutionary Philosophy Of Business And Management
  • Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, And Why People Follow - how leaders lead with hope, stabiilty, compassion, and trust
  • Strengths Based Marriage: Build A Stronger Relationship By Understanding Each Other's Gifts - from the lens of a certified strengths coach and a christian counselor, applicable for all marriages
  • Strengths Based Parenting
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0
  • Blog: 34 Strong Blog Series: Leading With Self-Awareness - 3 essays for each of the 34 themes (description, go-to's, and watchouts)
  • CliftonStrengths Coaching Blog - Resources - great overview of many free online resources from Gallup
  • CliftonStrengths Coaching Blog - Theme Thursday
  • Facebook: Called To Coach - active facebook group, members include coaches and those with a strong interest in strengths
  • Podcast: Maximize Your Strengths

Lean Six Sigma

  • Destination Unstoppable
  • Draw On Your Strengths - great way for creative, artistic people to better understand their themes
  • First, Break All The Rules: What The World's Greatest Managers Do Differently - letter to industry about strengths
  • How Full Is Your Bucket
  • Soar With Your Strengths: A Simple Yet Revolutionary Philosophy Of Business And Management
  • Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, And Why People Follow - how leaders lead with hope, stabiilty, compassion, and trust
  • Strengths Based Marriage: Build A Stronger Relationship By Understanding Each Other's Gifts - from the lens of a certified strengths coach and a christian counselor, applicable for all marriages
  • Strengths Based Team Activities - Super fun way to bring Strengths games into your team meetings. Jennifer is super accessible if you have any questions
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
  • The Speed of Trust: The One Things That Changes Everything - Goes I depth on how you can assess if you are trust-worthy, and if you trust others.
  • Vital Friends: The People You Can't Afford To Live Without

Leadership And Team Dynamics

  • Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision Making
  • I Thought It Was Just Me But It Isn't: I Am Enough
  • Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out Of The Box
  • Power Of 2 - How To Make The Most Of Your Partnerships At Work and In Life - For years, I underestimated the importance of partnerships. In fact, our Strengths develop in relation to other people. This is a must read if you are serious about Strengths.
  • Six Sigma Team Dynamics: The Elusive Key To Project Success - Great book on facilitation and team dynamics
  • Destination Unstoppable
  • Draw On Your Strengths - great way for creative, artistic people to better understand their themes
  • First, Break All The Rules: What The World's Greatest Managers Do Differently - letter to industry about strengths
  • How Full Is Your Bucket
  • Soar With Your Strengths: A Simple Yet Revolutionary Philosophy Of Business And Management
  • Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, And Why People Follow - how leaders lead with hope, stabiilty, compassion, and trust
  • Strengths Based Marriage: Build A Stronger Relationship By Understanding Each Other's Gifts - from the lens of a certified strengths coach and a christian counselor, applicable for all marriages

Purpose

  • Find Your Why: A Practical Guide To Discovering Purpose For You And Your Team - Simon Sinek is a must read.
  • Oprah: What I Know For Sure - Love Oprah, very inspirational
  • The Purpose Economy
  • Chopra Center Meditation - There are free meditation series every six months or so. Deepak was a keynote speaker at the 2nd Gallup Summit. Very aligned with Strengths Based thinking. My Connectedness loves this.
  • App: Insight Timer (most popular free meditation app)
  • Ted Talk: Start With Why - How Great Leaders Inspire Actionpire Actionpire Action

Optimized Performance and Productivity

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Classic book by Stephen Covey. This work was foundational for the Strengths Strategy message of Confident Vulnerability
  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - Great perspective for well being, personal happiness, personal performance, team performance and flow
  • One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way - Simple. Continuous improvement.
  • Smarter Faster Better - by the author of Power of Habit - great book on personal productivity
  • Writing The Natural Way - If you get stuck creating outlines for your writing, this book is for you. Clustering is a powerful method for capturing all those random thoughts and start to put them in order
  • Writing To Learn - Classic.

Writing

  • Bird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And Life
  • On Writing Well - Classic.
  • Stephen King: On Writing - Successful writing habits and more
  • Writing The Natural Way - If you get stuck creating outlines for your writing, this book is for you. Clustering is a powerful method for capturing all those random thoughts and start to put them in order
  • Writing To Learn - Classic.

Certifications, Associations

  • American Society for Quality - Recognized worldwide
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ) Green Belt Certification - Recognized worldwide
  • American Society for Quality - Sacramento Chapter - Come join!
  • Association for Talent and Development - Sacramento
  • 34 Strong (StrengthsFinder) Train the Trainer - Especially effective for people wanting to lead, coach and advocate strengths within their work environment. Brandon was in the first of the coaching certification classes ever offered by Gallup
  • Gallup Strengths Coaching Certification Program - The elite, most prestigious Strengths coaching certification. The true source of the original definitions and philosophy. Learn from the people who developed it.
  • Strengths Strategy (People Acuity) Coaching Certification - In depth study of the contributions and needs for each StrengthsFinder theme
  • Toastmasters - Roseville Rappers - Developing leaders and communicators. They are rolling out a new curriculum that is on trend. Come join!