At Strengths Now, Inc. we coach business leaders and teams through workshops and leadership training to strengthen strategic partnerships, build trust, reach performance goals, engage in healthy conflict and maximize inherent talent on the team. The firm was build on a passion for learning, coaching and the journey to become better leaders through focusing on the natural talent and potential everyone has. Sara became a strengths enthusiast in 2005 when she was first introduced to her own Top 5 strengths. After becoming a Gallup certified StrengthsFinder coach in 2013, she launched her own consulting firm. Here’s a look at the team today.
Sara was one of the first dozen people world-wide to become a Certified CliftonStrengths Coach by the Gallup Organization. Soon after, she launched her own consulting firm to help others solve their toughest workplace challenges using this powerful model. She is a seasoned coach, facilitator, and organizational development specialist. Sara has coached hundreds of people, helping them leverage their unique talents and have greater impact and meaning in their work. Clients appreciate her ability to zero-in on what is getting in the way and help them create a pathway forward.
Sara’s passion lies in creating custom solutions that lead to lasting culture change. With nearly 25 years of experience facilitating team sessions, she is able to create conditions for honest conversations where everyone can let their guard down. In turn, teams are able to identify the barriers to collaboration and performance and begin to break through old patterns. Oftentimes she serves as a “strengths translator” who can jump start communication and understanding in critical partnerships.
Sara is eager to help others find their own unique leadership path and humbled to be a part of their journey. She has dedicated her career to studying what the best leaders do differently. Her 20 years of experience in successive leadership roles has given her firsthand knowledge of what it is like to stand in a leader’s shoes.
Sara has received certification from Gallup’s High-Performance Management Course and the Accelerated Strengths Coaching Course. Sara has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Northeastern University and has done extensive research on leadership, management, and organizational behavior. She served as an associate dean at Berklee College of Music, where she worked for 12 years.
Sara’s Top 5 Strengths are: Strategic, Relator, Individualization, Connectedness, Learner.
With a passion for developing talent, creating leaders, and bringing out the best in people, Jim has more than 17 years of leadership experience transforming cultures, building sustainable leadership networks, and consistently delivering outstanding results.
Jim has created and led programs to support performance management, individual career development plans, and organizational talent review for leaders, providing consistency through growth and change. In each case, the challenges of maintaining or redefining the culture and managing the change were present. How do you support broad organizational change without compromising an innovative culture? Jim has partnered with leaders to successfully navigate those changes in complex environments.
As a Gallup-Certified Strengths coach, Jim has logged hundreds of hours of coaching and delivered over thousands of hours of training to bring out the very best in people, create highly engaged teams, and achieve top-tier performance for his clients to gain a competitive advantage in their industries. By focusing on natural talent and strengths, leaders can reach that new level of performance.
Having proudly served as a US Army Ranger, Company Commander, Infantry and Logistics Officer, Jim thrives in a high-stakes environment where successful performance leads to meaningful impact, and he knows how to coach others to perform under pressure.
Jim’s Top 5 Strengths are: Futuristic, Strategic, Activator, Command, Significance.
Jessica is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach who expertly serves individuals and teams navigating through career and organizational change. She knows that having the desire and determination to be successful is not enough. The added edge comes from being aware of one’s unique talents and creating a plan to hone that power. Her expert training skills combined with her deep understanding of leadership coaching and transition management make her a top-notch consultant and coach. So many people wish they’d had access to their CliftonStrengths profile earlier in life and Jessica was no exception. Thus, she became committed to helping clients use this transformational tool at critical milestones in their career to help them develop best-in-class competencies.
Clients appreciate Jessica’s calming energy and ability to meet them where they are. She listens. Her true gift is her ability to intuitively uncover the unique drivers that can produce outstanding results. She has an extensive background in marketing and worked for 15 years promoting leadership development services to executives and their teams. She draws upon experience leading a team and navigating through high growth phases, downturns and staff reductions. Jessica has a marketing degree from Bentley University and is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPAnetwork.org).
Jessica’s Top 5 Strengths are: Individualization, Maximizer, Connectedness, Developer, Empathy.
Amy is an accomplished Gallup Certified Strengths Coach with an engaging facilitation style and a down-to-earth, results-oriented approach to coaching and consulting. She leads illuminating CliftonStrengths sessions for groups of various sizes – from entire division retreats to small team workshops. Amy has a knack for understanding the unique cultures of different organizations and teams, and she enjoys the transformative process of helping people better understand and appreciate one another. In her workshops, she seamlessly uses CliftonStrengths to accelerate team development while providing a meaningful and fun team-building experience.
Through individual and cohort coaching sessions, Amy helps her clients use their most innate talents to enhance productivity and confidently approach increasing responsibilities. Clients gain more targeted performance as they focus their strengths on topics such as communication, decision making, management, leadership, and partnering with others. Amy works with a variety leaders and individual contributors, and particularly enjoys helping technical experts become great managers, directors, and executives. Amy’s prior professional experience includes over 15 years of software consulting in a variety of industries. Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Public Administration from Suffolk University.
Amy’s Top 5 Strengths are: Communication, Individualization, Woo, Strategic, Developer.
Nancy began working at Strengths Now, Inc. in September of 2015 in the role of Administrative Assistant. She supports Sara and Amy in performing various administrative functions and works closely with clients to oversee the details of StrengthsFinder workshops. Prior to joining Strengths Now, Nancy was Office Manager for eight years at a home care agency and also held various positions in accounting and administration at a Fortune 500 company. She holds an Associate Degree in Office Automation Management from Mass Bay Community College.
Nancy’s Top 5 Strengths are: Empathy, Connectedness, Harmony, Developer, Belief.