The Strengths Within

Hello Friends!

I am expecting great things for you and me in 2016 because with faith and some creative positioning, there is nothing we can’t do!!! Absolutely NOTHING!

So I wanted to drop by quickly to see if you will join me in exploring your strengths and talents. You know those finely developed skills that set you apart or those God given abilities that make you special. I believe our strengths and talents are the guideposts to our purpose in life. And once you’ve figured out your purpose, a dynamic vision for your life can be born. But it all starts with knowing and understanding the strengths within.

When I began my coaching practice, I decided to focus my coaching on Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology focuses on how to help human beings prosper and lead healthy, happy lives mainly by helping them access their strengths, gifts and talents. Simply put…the thought is… the more you operate in your strengths, the happier your life will be. I am a walking testimony to this fact which is why I encourage my clients through strength building. Sounds great, right? I think so. The problem however, is that most people have no idea what their strengths are. They don’t understand the power of their gifts and have no idea how to direct their talents to lead happy, successful lives.

I want to help you all in this area. So back to my request at the beginning of this post…please join me in exploring your strengths. I am going to give you two easy ways to begin to tap into your strengths within. Below are a few assessments that will give you a good indication of what you are working with. They are all FREE. YAY! But very capable.

Please do yourself a favor and learn more about what makes you uniquely who you are. This is the first step in the Vision Making process. Tis the season for Vision Boards and Goal Setting. I’m asking you to Pause this year, Explore your strengths and Learn how to leverage them for success, AND THEN Create your Vision Boards or Goals. StrengthsFinder 2.0 is another tool that I make EVERY client take at the beginning of working together. The cost on that assessment is about $15.00, however you will need someone certified in StrengthsFinder to interpret your results accurately.

In any case, do yourself a favor and identify your strengths within. Trust me, you will thank me later.

Via Survey of Character Strengths AND Brief Strengths Test 

You will need to do a quick registration. They can be found under questionnaires.

Spiritual Gifts Test 

You will need to do a quick registration.


Natasha Gayden is the founder of Elevate! Master Coaching. Natasha brings over 20 years of corporate experience identifying and developing high potential talent within individuals and teams. She as has many years of life experiences and a track record of helping people unstuck in their lives. Natasha specializes in the development of human potential across the personal/professional spectrum of life. She brings to the table significant Coaching, Training, and Consulting experience in the areas of Strategic Planning, insight, leadership skills, executive presence and overall life resiliency.


Coaching A Family With Teenagers Through Transitions


Rod's client was a family in Scotland who had two children of school age. The family had moved overseas three years ago and had just returned to the UK. Their two teenage children were not settling in either their school or social environment and had created resentment towards their parents for the move.

They felt great pressure from their family to do better. They were frustrated by the apparent impossibility to change their destiny and their frustration with their lives.

Parents were concerned about the change in behavior, occurrence of depression and self harm.


Rod's objectives were to empower the teens to identify what their passions were. To reconnect them with those passions and help empower them and restore their self confidence so they could find avenues that would open the doors for them to start the changes. Ideally to get them to see their present challenges as advantages along with their experiences abroad. 

It was also critical that the parents who were paying for the coaching understood that there was confidentiality between the teenagers and Rod as a coach. This had to be a pre requisite to the agreement for coaching.

To stop the self harm of the youngest teen.


Rod initially identified some of the teenager’s key strengths, which included their experiences abroad, their understanding of cultures and language from their 'adventures' overseas and their ability to be a catalyst for change and understanding in their new environment.

To create with the teenagers strategies to build new friendships in their new school as well as maintain their old ones via social media with those overseas.

To open avenues of discussion to address the root mistrust caused by the frequent moving around. To discuss their concerns and create a family dialogue that allowed for different opinions to be respected and valued rather than judged.

Rod tailored youth impact coaching sessions individually with the two teenagers to identify their concerns and open that dialogue. 

Created joint sessions with the two teenagers to see how they could create joint and supportive strategies 
Created a family session to set ground rules for open discussions and support

Using NLP and Youth Impact coaching Rod created a holistic process for the entire family that would allow them to all see and recognized their individuality as well as the benefits of being a family again

This included a 'personal breakthrough' session to increase his clients confidence and a session to help them understand what was really important to them both in school and life generally.

Rod then coached them to improve their chances of getting accepted in their new environment and how to really benefit from the opportunity this would offer. 


The youngest teen stopped self harm and moved from minor drug use to become self confident and self assured. He went on to enjoy a productive year in his new school and was elected to the student council for the forthcoming year.

The eldest son was able to create new friendships after some difficult struggles. He was able to maintain his close friendships from overseas and will host two of his best friends in the summer for a month. It is proposed that he will later return to his previous country to be hosted by his friend.

The family came up with positive strategies to implement whenever the father's work would entail living elsewhere. Bringing together the family to have constructive discussions and dialogue without being judgmental. 

Academic results increased with both teens as they settled in to their new school

And so?

Nine months after the coaching began the family is moving forward in a positive way. Both teens have settled in and moved away from their 'at risk' behavior.

Rod continues to work with 'at risk' teens as well as 'self harmers' with great results.

For more than 30 years, Rod Beau has been an internationally sought-after education and management consultant and keynote speaker. His practical, real-world business experience and career have been in educational leadership, relocation consulting and executive and leadership coaching. As a Senior Consultant and Master Executive Coach, Rod is also an Accredited ANLP Trainer - specializing in Executive and Leadership Coaching. To learn more about Rod Beau, please visit