Episode 158: Locating Your Employees’ Sweet Spots with Darren Virassammy

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Show Summary

In this episode we interview Darren Virassammy. Every member of your team – owner, employee, virtual assistant – has strengths. The key, as the owner of the business, is to put people in the right place doing the right thing. It’s like gears working together. If you put them in the wrong place, they will grind; if you put them in the right place, superpowers will reveal themselves. Darren shares how to get the right people in the right place doing the right thing to make your business thrive to its highest level of profits ever.

Our Guest


Darren Virassammy is the Co-Founder and the Chief Operating officer of 34 Strong, Inc. His passion for talent development was unleashed during his tenure teaching college courses in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Public Speaking, where he worked to unleash talent in his students and other instructors that he mentored. Along his teaching path, Virassammy realized he wanted to merge his teaching and organizational career experience (Including organizations such as Lennar, Neiman Marcus, Bare Escentuals, Inroads and The Federal Reserve) to help organizational teams progress through talent development more effectively. It was in that time he met Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and 34 Strong CEO, Brandon Miller, who was looking for a business partner to launch 34 Strong as Miller was wrapping up his Gallup Certification.

Darren writes, speaks and trains teams extensively on Strengths based organizations. He focuses on providing solutions to the disengagement problem through talent development and building strengths based organizational culture. A few of Darren’s features include publication in Gallup’s Strengths Coaches’ Playbook, an interview on Gallup’s Called to Coach, and speaking at Drexel University. He is a featured speaker at the Rotary World Peace Conference. Darren is a regular guest writer for multiple blogs including the California Employers Association and HRSoft Talent Management. A few of the numerous organizations that Darren works with on developing strengths-based teams include: Bank of America, Genentech, State Street, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Hitachi Data Systems.

Darren holds an MBA from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He is a firm believer in the African Proverb: “If you want to go fast, go by yourself. If you want to go far, go with others!” He has worked alongside his team to build 34 Strong around embodying and bringing this statement to life in the organizations they serve.

Guest Links

Website: www.34strong.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/34strong/

Corporate Partners

NetPayroll – a full-service payroll company. They have comprehensive solutions that allow you to run your business and focus on what you know.

Receipt-Bank – Software and service to make the gathering, storage & processing of bills, receipts and invoices as easy and as cost effective as possible for businesses.

Nextiva – VOIP phone providers for small businesses.

Fundera – Single source online funding for entrepreneurs. Also offers an adviser program for CPAs, bookkeepers and business coaches.

Fundbox –  The simplest and fastest way to fix your cash flow by advancing payments for your outstanding invoices.


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