Kia ora, my name is Jess.
As a Strengths Coach, I equip and inspire our people to use their strengths to THRIVE in their personal and professional lives.
CliftonStrengths is a coaching tool I use to help individuals, partnerships and teams discover their strengths, define their core values and determine their priorities.
Using intentional questions and a proven coaching process, I will lead you to find more balance and meaning in your life and work. Become the expert of your strengths and THRIVE personally and professionally!
CliftonStrengths gives us a language to describe what we do best and highlights what we do well in our roles and relationships. The online assessment tool identifies an individual’s natural talents in order of 34 themes, which have been researched by Gallup for over 40 years.
When developed and matured our natural talents become Strengths that are good for us and good for those around us. This benefits everyone in your life. It gives you greater self-awareness and can help you to overcome a challenge, rewrite your CV or even see a dream become reality.
I am an Accredited Coach with Strengths Network in CliftonStrengths Essentials (Individual Top 5), Partnership and Team Coaching. I am based in the Eastern Bay of Plenty in New Zealand and also provide Individual Top 5 and Partnership Coaching via Zoom.
I would love to share this taonga (treasure) of CliftonStrengths with you and those you work alongside. Get in touch now and let’s begin your talent to strength journey!
People who get to use their natural talents every day are three times more likely to report having an excellent quality of life and six times more likely to be engaged in their jobs.
Explore your natural talents with coaching in person or via Zoom. Together, we will focus on how your natural talents play out in your personal and professional worlds, and how you can leverage them for the good of yourself and those around you.
The best partnerships happen when you join forces with someone who has natural talents that complement yours. You can accomplish together what you cannot accomplish on your own.
Partnership Coaching is for those who have personal or professional partnerships they want to strengthen and will focus on how each person’s natural talents can contribute to their common purpose or current challenge.
A team’s success is dependent on their ability to work together to achieve their common purpose or overcome a challenge. For teams to function at their best, each individual needs to know how they can contribute.
Team coaching is an opportunity for your team to be encouraged in what is going well, celebrate and understand their differences and explore what each individual can contribute.
Strengths Coaching Client Feedback
"I can't recommend Strengths Coaching with Jess highly enough - she is passionate about people achieving their potential, cares deeply, listens wholeheartedly and made really insightful suggestions during our session. I came away with a much better understanding of how I already am personally using my Top 5 Strengths, how I can develop each further and how my strengths can be used together as more than just a sum of their parts."
- Rebekah Lamb
"I really appreciated Jess’ wisdom as she guided me through the Strengths Coaching process. She helped me uncover a few things I hadn’t realised were part of what made me tick, and that has made a massive difference to how I see myself and what direction I take moving forward. Jess' coaching was definitely a helpful and timely part of my journey and helped alter my direction for the better."
- Mark Forrest
"Jess has incredible intuition, perception, empathy and a listening ear. She helped me to develop the links between my strengths and how I can use them in what I would call my weak areas. One of the most helpful things about my session with Jess was how we ended with goals and strategies that I can implement to move forward.
Strengths Coaching has given me a language and a tool box to be more productive in my work and a means to understand others better too."
- Kim Scott
Ko wai au? Who am I?
Ko Hikurangi tōku maunga, Ko Otara tōku awa, Ko Hukuwai tōku moana, No Ōpōtiki āhau. Ko Ngāti Pākehā tōku iwi, No Kōtirana, Airana, Ingarangi me Timaru oku tīpuna. Ko Brian Young tōku mātua, Ko Kathleen Young tōku whaea, Ko Michael Young tōku teina, Ko Jared Suisted tāku hoa tāne, Ko Jess Suisted tāku ingoa.
My husband, Jared, and I have been married since 2013 and we live in the beautiful town of Ōpōtiki in the Eastern Bay of Plenty of New Zealand, my tūrangawaewae (place to stand). I have been working with people in schools, churches and social services since 2010 and have qualifications in both Youth Work and Social Work.
SET FREE Aotearoa was birthed in response to my own experience of being SET FREE when I had an encounter with God as a teenager. I knew in that moment that I wanted to help people. As I have journeyed through life, that desire has shifted slightly. I now want to help people help themselves.
I love this beautiful whakataukī (proverb) which keeps me grounded in the way I choose to do this:
“Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi.”
“With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.”
SET FREE Aotearoa is my way of sharing what is in my food basket with those whom I work alongside. Coupled with the contribution of their food basket, I believe we will thrive, and our families, communities and nation will be SET FREE, from whatever it is that holds them back from reaching their full potential.
Phone: 027 332 4871