Abbey is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach who has always been unabashedly intrigued by people and their unique qualities. From a young age, she enjoyed people watching and listening to adult conversations about work and life. Abbey's love of people and how they function led her to pursue a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Hope College, Michigan and a Masters in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University, Washington.
I want to focus my attention on how people function at their best and help them leverage their talents.
Originally from Indiana, Abbey has lived in Michigan since 1988, with a three year hiatus in Northern Ireland. While there, she developed and co-directed a youth center for disadvantaged at-risk young people and met her husband, John. She loves a witty sense of humor, travel, being outdoors, meals with friends and anything with peanut butter.
StrengthsFinder 2.0 is based on the ethos that our greatest potential resides in utilizing our innate strengths - an ethos contrary to the traditional “well-rounded” approach to development, which promotes investment and focus in our areas of improvement. Based on this ethos, Gallup spent 40+ years conducting research. From this research, Gallup created a language of the 34 most common talents and developed the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to help people discover and describe these talents. This assessment has been implemented at a myriad of companies including Facebook and Harley–Davidson; it has been taken by over 9 million people worldwide, translated into over 20 languages, and is utilized in 100 different countries. Additionally, the book, StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Gallup Executive Tom Rath (available since 2007) ,has been in the No. 1 spot on The Wall Street Journal’s hardcover business list, and has stayed 2,000-plus days on Amazon’s top-100 list.
For more of the nitty gritty, check out the StrengthsFinder 2.0 Technical Report.