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Tech Lead Journal

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Great technical leadership requires more than just great coding skills. It requires a variety of other skills that are not well-defined, and they are not something that we can fully learn in any school or book. Hear from experienced technical leaders sharing their journey and philosophy for building… read more


#109 - A Strengths-Based Approach to Leadership - Brandon Miller

“The most responsible thing a human can do, either personally for their own development or the development of others, is play to a person’s strengths."

Brandon Miller is the founder and CEO of 34 Strong and one of the first 7 certified Gallup Clifton StrengthsFinder coaches in the world. In this episode, we discussed Clifton StrengthsFinder, also known as CliftonStrengths. Brandon introduced what CliftonStrengths is and why it is important for us to recognize and focus on our strengths. He also shared when leaders apply a strengths-based approach at work, it leads to a much increased workplace engagement. Brandon then gave a walkthrough on how we can identify our strengths by taking the CliftonStrengths assessment and what we should do after we find out our strengths. Brandon also spent some time to discuss my top 3 strengths and explained the idea of complimentary partnerships. Towards the end, Brandon gave some tips for parents on how we can identify and nurture children’s core strengths since their childhood.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:06:46]
  • Starting Journey with StrengthsFinder - [00:08:35]
  • StrengthsFinder - [00:10:17]
  • Why Focus on Strengths - [00:15:06]
  • Increased Workplace Engagements - [00:19:41]
  • Tips for High Work Engagement - [00:23:56]
  • Doing StrengthsFinder Assessment - [00:26:59]
  • Henry’s Top 3 Strengths - [00:30:56]
  • Strengths-Based Leadership - [00:35:34]
  • Core Strengths - [00:38:53]
  • Nurturing Children’s Strengths - [00:41:18]
  • Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:44:46]


Brandon Miller’s Bio
Brandon Miller is the founder and CEO of 34 Strong, a coaching and consulting firm dedicated to improving employee engagement. As one of the First 7 Certified GALLUP Clifton Strengths Finder, Brandon has nearly 15 years of experience providing leadership training, coaching, advising, and facilitating. Brandon is also passionate about parenting, having authored several books such as “Play to Their Strengths” and “Incredible Parent” and founded Co-Founder of Incredible Family, a consulting agency applying strengths-based approach to parenting.

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