Dedicated to celebrating what is “right” with people, instead of trying to “fix” what is wrong.
Like you, Gallup-Certified CliftonStrengths Coach Kathie Gautille has looked for a way to make her strengths “count”. What makes me want to get up in the morning? Why do I love public speaking, but can hardly force myself to work on budgets, even though I know it needs to be done? Is there a reason that I work so well and get so many things accomplished with my team at work, while I can’t seem to get my church committee to move forward in any way?
In her 30+ years of service to the community, her church, and other organizations, Kathie has examined these questions for herself and others. She has looked for purpose and meaning in her work with various teams and individuals; helping build consensus when it seemed the cause was lost, employing prayerful consideration when leading the charge against big business for the betterment of her school district and community, becoming the “go-to” person when a decision needed to be made or a goal met among the group she was working with.
One of the secrets Kathie discovered in her work is the Gallup’s CliftonStrengths program. Since becoming an Executive CliftonStrengths Coach in 2011, and discovering her own “Signature” strengths, she has put the program to work assisting hundreds of individuals discover and develop their own strengths and helping leaders achieve optimum results from their teams.
The Gallup CliftonStrengths program begins with an online assessment that takes less than an hour to complete and identifies a person’s top 5 Signature Strengths. The identification of the areas in which each individual has the greatest potential to excel helps define a course of action to more fully develop those strengths and talents. There are 34 ‘themes’ or talents which are further grouped into 4 ‘domains’. Research suggests that people who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged on the job. Teams that focus on their strengths are 12.5% more productive.
Kathie Gautille began working soon after graduating from Clarion University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Communications with a concentration in Business. After a successful 6 years in marketing and later as a product manager for a software company, she chose to devote the next 12 years to her most challenging – and rewarding – career as a wife and mother of three children. She returned to the work force ready to make a difference and soon found many opportunities for meaningful service.
Kathie gave time and energy to the Coppell School Board. Kathie was elected 4 times to the Coppell Independent School District Board of Trustees. She served with distinction for 12 years, 6 of those years she served as an officer on the board; 2 years as Secretary and 4 years as the President of the School Board. She became a key spokesperson for the board and championed a more rigorous curriculum for students; helping to raise 90% of the 5A district’s campuses to Exemplary Designation. Service on the Board of Trustees and further service as a Master Trustee with the Texas Association of School Boards fulfilled Kathie’s passion for children and education, as well as promotion of the arts and culture.
But it wasn’t until she was Vice President of Marketing & Development for Christian Community Action, Kathie developed and sustained relationships within the community and helped move CCA into one of the top 15 non-profits in the DFW area, according to the Dallas Business Journal. She helped bridge the gap in public relations and fundraising that allowed CCA to become a major supplier of services for those in need. In just 4 years, her leadership solidified CCA’s branding within the larger community and has allowed it to continue to serve the needy in many exceptional ways.
Her desire to facilitate causes that bring higher awareness, meaning and purpose to life is the reason that she has been hailed by her co-workers and clients as ‘trusted advisor’, ‘engaged’, ‘experienced’, ‘radiating with light and full of joy’, ‘generous’, ‘vibrant’, and ‘understanding of team dynamics’.
Kathie and her husband Joe live in Dallas, Texas.