Strengths coaching meets staff cooking

As a new employee of the Rivertown Inn and an old believer in the Clifton StrengthsFinder, I had the pleasure of being a part of a recent staff coaching session.  Our coach, Julie Anderson, who also happens to be the proprietor of the Rivertown Inn, and her business partner/sister/former Gallup Associate Partner Jennifer Ford, led us in a learning session, centered around a culinary class.

jen and julie

                       Gallup Certified Strengths Coaches                          Julie Anderson and Jennifer Ford

Gallup research proves that people succeed when they focus on what they do best. When they identify their talents and develop them into strengths, people are more productive, perform better, and are more engaged.Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment is the first step in helping people identify their talents. Clifton StrengthsFinder results give people a way to discuss and develop their unique combination of skills, talents, and knowledge — also known as strengths.  (taken from Gallup StrengthsFinder website)

Our session began by our coaches defining the 34 themes/talents/strengths, helping us better understand each of our individual strengths and those of our co-workers.  We then moved into the kitchen and worked together to create a gorgeous meal, as our coaches observed our interactions and took notes.  After learning and laughing together while making an amazing seafood salad and homemade pasta, we sat together, feasting on the food our hands had made and learned about ourselves, our strengths and each other.

Consider this extraordinary team building activity for your family, your leadership team, your club or organization!  The Rivertown Inn is the perfect venue for small to mid-size groups to focus on each other in an elegant, historic atmosphere that accommodates your every need.

For more information about StrengthFinder, individual coaching or team building activities, Julie can be reached at or

For more info about cooking classes and culinary events, visit


Zanny Johnson

social media director for the Rivertown Inn

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