The Business Profile 10 (Gallups BP10) assessment and report provides three things: 10 Entrepreneurial Themes of Strengths, Three Business Leadership Styles, and Suggested Action Steps to Strengthen your talents for growing your business. What could be missing? Great question.
The Intensities of the talents you possess for building sustainable business energy isn’t provided by this report. Everyone has varying degrees of intensity in the ten talents. Highly successful business builders possess a driving intensity of at least 1 or 2 of the talents.
Gallup gives their BP10 trained coaches access to a Coaches Insight Report (CIR) to use with their business clients.
This is a report that only a Gallup trained BP10 coach can obtain. This post will outline the value of knowing your intensities. Just knowing the order of your talents doesn’t tell you whether you’re strong in that talent or not.
The CIR provides comparisons of your BP10 talents against the general population and top quartile entrepreneurs. Here are the three intensities each talent is weighted on.
BP10 Intensity: Dominant
Dominant talent in a theme can be hard to understand by others who don’t possess the same talent. The best example is a small manufacturing company I coached. The team struggled to understand the owner’s apparent focus on money over people. The majority of the team had more dominant relational talents, while the owner had more strategic talents with profitability being her number one talent.
During the workshop I did with them, they were given the opportunity to share how they saw themselves using their number one talent. The owner shared how she stayed awake at night thinking about ways to insure everyone always had a paycheck and that the company could always afford the things staff asked for to grow the business. She expressed how important each of them was to the success of the company and that she viewed them like family. Maintaining the profitability of the company was her way of showing her team appreciation of them personally as well as their work.
The comments after the workshop reflected a complete shift in the way they viewed the owner.
Several months later they reported a stronger team environment and understanding of each other’s contribution and strengths on the team. The company continues to grow and the team supports one another in their unique talents. Woot! 🙂
BP10 Intensity: Contributing
When a business owner or executive knows a particular talent is “contributing” it means that they can contribute using that talent, but it’s better for them to contribute in a team setting.
Business owners want to be good at everything, but the hard truth to accept for business owners is that you aren’t a perfect 10 at everything. Just because you aren’t dominant in a particular talent does not mean you aren’t a good entrepreneur. It means that when you’re building out your team keep in mind what talents you as an executive are contributing in, and hire people who are dominate in that talent. It also tells you what lane you need to stay in and contribute there.
BP10 Intensity: Supporting
When your talent intensity is “supporting” that simply means it’s not your lane to be in. It means you should trust others to do it. As a strengths coach I want people to focus on their strengths. When I can identify a talent of one of my coaching clients as “supporting” its a clear indicator that they need to rely on and lean on other people who are dominant and contributing in that talent. Again, it doesn’t mean that you’re not a good entrepreneur if you are supportive in a talent. It’s kind of like doing a flexibility test in an elementary school physical education class. Some kids will be in the presidential category and some won’t. It doesn’t mean students who passed the flex test with flying colors are the only good athletes, it simply means that’s just not your thing.
Now It’s Your Turn
Now that you know the importance of knowing the intensities of your talents, are you ready to take the BP10 Assessment Package? This Assessment Package is great for business owners and executive teams. As a Gallup trained BP10 coach I can administer the assessment and interpret your results to you.