That’s great news for us because it helps us bring current strengths research and practice to more coaches so they help clients reach their potential and perform at their best. It also enables us to better support coaches who need to make economical decisions about where to allocate their resources. If you are an ICF credentialed coach, this course is worth a total of 18.5 CCEUs (9.5 in Core Competencies and 9.5 in Resource Development) toward your ongoing professional development.
Next generation strengths coaching tool
Realise2 is an evidence-based strengths assessment and development tool recommended by leading academics and practitioners for coaches who want to move beyond adhoc interventions and adopt more sophisticated and dynamic approaches to strengths development.
Realise2 represents an important development in positive psychology and strengths-based approaches to performance and wellbeing. Built from a decade of theoretical and empirical research, Realise2 is considered a next generation tool. By measuring three dimensions of energy, performance and use, and differentiating strengths, weaknesses and learned behaviours, the tool gives an in-depth perspective on people’s capabilities and growth potential.
The traditional VIA inventory (Peterson 2006) is simple and effective for drawing attention to the top five signature strengths, enabling people to tap into authentic capacities that make them unique and enable optimal functioning.
However, most coaches stop at helping people identify their strengths or simply urge them to use strengths more. This doesn’t always produce the most optimal result or help people develop the practical wisdom to apply strengths appropriately and strategically. Particularly when you are coaching leaders to shift and experiment with new behaviour or transition into roles that demand different capabilities. It also tends to reinforce the idea that they can not and should not change. Strengths are far less static than many people think and approaching strengths with a growth mindset puts people in the driver’s seat of their own development.
The strengths development approach guides people to refine the way they use their strengths to find the optimal balance to suit different situations and become more competent and flexible. A coach employing this approach might ask questions such as, “how might you adapt the way you use those strengths to gain a better outcome” or “what is the impact of your strengths use on others and how does that feedback suggest you might better use your strength?”
Realise2 assessment is designed to guide coaches in applying a strengths development approach. It gives more detailed and dynamic information that engages people in dialling up or down strengths use to get the best from themselves and the situation. Training in the tool also gives coaches clear guidelines about how to successfully manage growth conversations and help clients interpret and work with the full range of 60 strengths the tool maps.
The value of a Realise2 debrief with a qualified coach
A new study by Brenda Roche and Kate Hefferon (2013) published in the International Coaching Psychology Review highlights the importance and value of structured coaching debriefing when using online strengths assessment such as Realise2. Debriefing was found an effective coaching tool to create positive change by facilitating goal attainment, confidence and psychological development, providing a useful framework for coaches integrating strengths into their work. It is also highlighted that while completing an online strengths assessment has benefits, without the support of a knowledgeable coach to debrief the report and follow-up, people are less able to understand the results and act on the development advice. Conversations with a qualified practitioner enabled people to better understand their strengths, develop insight and create robust development plans to achieve their goals.
Coaches need to keep abreast of the current strengths research and practice to develop evidence-based practices that serve their clients best. They can also benefit greatly from the guidance of experienced practitioners who use these approaches.
If you would like to become an accredited Realise2 practitioner, check our event calendar for the next training.