Anne Brackett

Chief Engagement Officer

ideation | context | adaptability  input | strategic


M.Ed., Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Gallup Engagement Champion



connectedness | input | arranger  developer | individualization

MSW, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Gallup Certified Facilitator in Strengths Based Education,

Gallup Certified Instructor in Strengths Based Education

Chief Education Officer


empowering leaders in higher education

We went into higher ed because we love supporting students. When we became supervisors, we were thrilled. Now we had a chance to make an even bigger impact. We were a bit surprised that our training for this important role focused almost entirely of logistical issues, like when time cards were due and employee handbook details.


Like you, we jumped in feet first and had to learn along the way. Sure, we had some great successes, but there were also many frustrating situations. We looked to others as role models and for advice, but that wasn't as effective as we'd hoped. 


When we discovered CliftonStrengths (formerly StrengthsFinder and StrengthsQuest), we realized the power of focusing on supervising through the lens of our talents. It was a game changer. We used CliftonStrengths on campus with students, staff, and even faculty. It's can be incredibly effective, but the problem was getting people to stick with it. It was easy for people to get excited when they first took the assessment, but then most people went back to their daily routine and the enthusiasm waned. 

When we founded Strengths University, we wanted to provide supervisors - both new and experienced - the training we (and most people) never got. To make sure our training sticks, we take a three pronged approach... 

  • Strengths

    We start with CliftonStrengths to help you understand what your talents are and how they show up for you, both positively and negatively. Hint - They aren't always helping you get where you want to go. We use that to help you understand your authentic leadership style. ​The better you understand how your talents show up, the better you can maximize yourself and your team.

  • Supervisor Skills

    It's easy to dismiss basic skills like setting expectations, coaching team members, or navigating conflict resolution. Since most of us had to figure out supervision on our own, you're already doing some  of those things already. The question is, are you doing them effectively. Revising those basics and aligning them with your talents can cut down on your stress and frustration. 

  • Systems

    We all have habits, but those habits aren't necessarily taking you where you want to go. Same with our policies and procedures. We run on autopilot most of the time - and especially when we're busy and stressed. Until we align our habits and systems with our goals, we're not necessarily doing the things we need to do everyday to be effective, both  individually and as a team.

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