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Gallup Certified Strengths Coach
MAXIMIZER, CONNECTEDNESS, DEVELOPER, RELATOR, INTELLECTION
St. Brigid’s Living Your Strengths Workshop and the Gallup CliftonStrengths (formerly StrengthsFinder) assessment gave Carolyn the language to understand her talents and recognize how she can apply them to do God’s work. At a time when she was in transition, her CliftonStrengths results were the catalyst that she needed to establish a coaching and consulting business to educate and support family caregivers. Two years later, Carolyn strengthened her natural talents and became a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and started Grant Coaching & Consulting. She expanded her coaching practice to partner with Leaders, Managers and Teams to develop a framework for success as engaged collaborators. Carolyn is at her best when she helps people see their capabilities. As a parent, Carolyn realizes how much our children need to see how what makes them unique are their strengths. This is why Carolyn uses CliftonStrengths with college and high school students and Strength Explorer for ages 10-14 and their parents.
Living Your Strengths is a way for us to learn as a parish community how we can apply our strengths to live a life of purpose and meaning. Are you ready to move from feeling stuck in your limiting beliefs to feeling fully engaged and excited in what is possible?
Carolyn is married to Bob, a fellow strengths enthusiast, and they have one daughter, Lauren, a college student.
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POSITIVITY, ACTIVATOR, MAXIMIZER, WOO, ADAPTABILITY
I am proud to be a charter member of the Saint Brigid Community. Having attended the first Mass at Centennial High School auditorium on November 1, 1998; I have been witness to the incredible growth of our beautiful community. My work experience: I worked for Abbott Laboratories for almost 30 years in various capacities, from Sales Rep, to Sales Manager to Customer Vice President of Food Stores; ending up as Director of Retail Sales Training. My Saint Brigid involvement includes: Men of Saint Brigid (MOSB), Knights of Columbus, Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Greeter, Eucharistic Guardian, Usher, a contributor to SVdP and Respect Life.
My experience with StrengthsFinders dates to 2003. I am a firm believer that building on innate talents makes perfect sense for the individual. The true beauty of this program is that it is uniquely oriented to YOU. Understanding your God-given gifts and developing them will help you in all aspects of your life.
I am a proud husband to Kathy, father to Callie and Emily, and Grandpa to Caden, Madison, and Jaxson. I pray that you experience the full depth of God’s love for you and that your faith journey is enhanced through Living Your Strengths. God bless you.
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RESTORATIVE, RESPONSIBILITY, DEVELOPER, RELATOR, IDEATION
I serve the Body of Christ in a role that helps people visualizing possibilities, helping them to succeed and striving to grow spirituality.
Best roles: Teacher, Mentor, Counselor, Encourager, Healer. I enjoy the challenge of analyzing symptoms, identifying what’s wrong and finding a solution. My good intuition helps me to see little things clearly – where others can’t see.
I take ownership of anything that I commit and feel emotionally bound to follow it through to completion. I enjoy sharing new information or concept that will help others to grow – the sign of growth from others gives me strength and satisfaction.
I enjoy having a good connection with people. I want to understand their feelings, their goals, their fear, and their dreams.
An idea is a new perspective, a new potential, and the possibility of something profound. I like to see things from a strange but strangely enlightening angle. It gives me energy and thrill.
My potential challenges:
- Because of my ability to see little things clearly or my good intuition, others may think of me as opinionated
- Because of my good conscience, I easily feel guilty
- I sometimes push my idea too hard
- I can be seen as impatience and controlling because of meagerness to help others
- Excuses frustrate me
RESTORATIVE, STRATEGIC, COMMUNICATION, ACTIVATOR, ADAPTABILITY
Jennifer has been involved in youth ministry for over 15 years, first as a volunteer then as a director of youth ministry. She loved taking teens on mission trips, retreats as well as the weekly programs. She has been a keynote speaker for 40 days for Life events, the Diocese of Little Rock Youth Rally and the State of Arkansas Right for Life March.
Jennifer moved to Georgia and joined Saint Brigid in 2018. She attended a Living your Strengths Program and knew that this program could change a person. “I have not only grown in knowing myself better but the details that God put inside of me, to make me who I am. I wish that I would have know about this program before. I would have shared this with my teens to help them not only get to know themselves better but grow deeper in their relationship with Christ.” Jeremiah 1:5
Gallup Certified Strengths Coach
MAXIMIER, INPUT, ACHIEVER, STRATEGIC, ACTIVATOR
Lewis J. Walker, Gallup Certified Clifton Strengths Coach, chairs the Living Your Strengths education and coaching program at Saint Brigid Catholic Church, along with another Gallup Certified Coach, Carolyn Grant, and a dedicated Living Your Strengths (LYS) team.
My synergistic supporting themes are Ideation, Learner, Communication, Arranger, Intellection. Using my instinctive God-given gifts, I serve the Body of Christ by discerning a path to success, contributing to and leading discussions to set goals and tasks, being a leader, and working hard to make things happen.
My best roles are visualizing possibilities and charting a path to actualization; taking leadership positions and asking, “When can we get started?” Speaking, writing, and teaching have been major factors in a successful entrepreneurial and professional career.
Completion of the Gallup assessment a number of years ago helped me to understand why in college, the military, and business, I responded well to some things and not to others. I do not need structure and am a quick learner, fascinated with new ideas and finding new paths. I prefer “what can be” to “what is.” I love seminars and projects that teach me new things in areas of interest. I have a natural curiosity and enjoy research and study, collecting books, ideas, quotes, and experiences through travel, bringing a richness to writing, speaking, and communication in general. I enjoy speaking and consulting, weaving in relevant stories and interesting facts. I work long hours toward a goal and derive satisfaction from achievement. I am excited by projects that help me and others to grow spiritually. I am good at stimulating discussion and helping team members to envision various alternatives. My activator strength is useful in reinvigorating programs or ideas that lost their spark but still are important.
The Clifton Strengths profile explained why at times, in my quest to move forward I can be seen as impatient and controlling. I can push “my ideas” too hard at times. A “strength” can be a weakness if not properly understood and patience midst teamwork must be learned by instinctive “hard-chargers.”
Admittedly, I can become bored if I sense “analysis paralysis,” talking points to death with delays in taking action. I am willing to move ahead and learn from what does not work. I should not serve on committees or take assignments that require continual problem solving as ongoing “never-ending” problems frustrate me. I thrive on not fixing what is broken but on taking what is working and making it better. This is normal for those with a strong Maximizer theme. Not needing a lot of structure, when I see a future-focused goal I am quick to jump in and go for it, potentially frustrating those who need a step-by-step playbook. Understanding both strengths and weaknesses and what one does well naturally is critical to success in one’s family, community, work, and spiritual life.
A convert to Catholicism, my wife, Helen, and I have been members of Saint Brigid parish since 2001. In addition to Living Your Strengths, I am an Adoration Guardian and active in Man-to-Man and Men of Saint Brigid.
We have lived in the Atlanta area since the early 1970s. We have two adult children and four grandchildren. Our daughter, Jennifer Walker Boettinger, and her family attend Saint Brigid. Our son, Jason, and his family reside in Wilmington, Delaware.
Among the first Certified Financial Planners (CFP®) in the country, in 1976 I founded an independent financial services firm. In 2016 the firm was sold and merged with another firm to form Capital Insight Group in Peachtree Corners, GA. I continue to be active in the profession as an advisor with Capital Insight Group. I am a founding shareholder of and serve as Vice-Chairman of the Board of a financial services company in Atlanta, SFA Holdings, Inc. I write a weekly column for the Dunwoody Crier newspapers on life transitions and financial planning. Columns occasionally appear on forbes.com. Other professional designations include Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) and Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA).
A graduate of Bishop Kenny High School, Jacksonville, Florida, I have a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. I served in the U.S. Air Force as an officer for four and a half years, including service in Vietnam, 1963-1964. Prior to entering financial services in 1972, I served in sales and marketing positions with United Airlines and Southern Airways.
Travel is my passion and I have been fortunate to visit all seven continents, including Antarctica. Travel helps one to begin to understand the incredible artistry of God and the beauty of diverse peoples, nations, places, wildlife—gifts and blessings.
The Gallup Clifton Strengths assessment and my coaching experience underscores that the pursuit of “strength” is a lifelong quest as one seeks to add skill and wisdom to the raw talents with which we were endowed at our creation. God asks that we continually seek to become better versions our ourselves, discerning His plan for us, glorifying God, and building His kingdom as he created us to do.
You are invited to join the movement to Live In Strength!
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