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Book Review of Coaching Perspectives IX

by Cathy Liska, Monique Betty, Helen/Qing Yan, Cheryl Procter-Rogers, Sarah Roberts, Laura Willis, Noreen Baker, Martin Laramie, Gail Lenox, Luisa Taveras, Beth Donovan, Samson Umurhurhu, and Wyetta ForCoaching Perspectives IX

Each chapter in this book is an individual read – ideal for taking a few minutes to gain new insights and learn.  It is fabulous for those coaching or mentoring because you can apply the information immediately.  It is excellent for individuals wanting to create meaningful change because you will find usable tools within these pages.

Summary – The chapters of the book include:

  • The Symbiotic Relationship of Being and Doing
  • Coach with a Strengths Based Approach
  • Flow-Based Coaching
  • Readiness in Executive Coaching
  • Illuminating Blind Spots
  • Leadership and the 3 Cs
  • The Art of Helping Others Move Forward
  • Discovering the Coach Within
  • Coaching for Job Search Success
  • The Benefits of Coaching for Grantmakers
  • Changing Negatives into Positives
  • Who Wants a Coach?
  • Assessments in a Coaching Program

The Good: The range of expertise in so many areas provides a breadth of exposure as well as the depth of application through examples and stories.

The Bad: The style of each author is different, and each chapter is separate which means if you read it as a single book it may seem choppy.

Conclusion: Coaching Perspectives IX is a great book for coaches and for people creating change in their lives.

 

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Serving All During Challenging Times with Free Group Coaching

Please help spread the word! Serving All During Challenging Times with Free Group Coaching

The pandemic is impacting all of us in a big way.  Let’s come together and collaborate on how to face the challenges, move forward, and come out on top.

The Center for Coaching Certification is offering free group coaching for those who are interested starting on Wednesdays, April 8th at 9:30 AM Eastern US time (we hope this serves as many time zones across the world as possible).

Please pass this on to your network so that we can reach as many people as possible for the maximum benefit.

Based on who joins the group coaching and what they want to talk about, coaches will be asked to coach breakout groups.

To join these Group Coaching sessions, please click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/296949018

Come ready to share what will help you take care of yourself during these challenging times.

Come ready to explore how you can best help others during these challenging times.

Because the pandemic is impacting so many and in so many ways, let’s explore:

  • What are the impacts?
  • What are the resources?
  • Who is part of the support network?
  • What are the options?
  • What else is possible?
  • What are you learning?
  • What are the benefits?
  • How do you want to move forward?

 

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Serving You During Challenging Times with Free Group Coaching for Coaches

Hi Coach!  With the world facing challenges and change, there is an opportunity to serve both to help you take care of yourself and to support you helping others as a coach. Group Coaching for Coaches

Beginning April 3rd, every Friday at 4 PM Eastern US time is a free Group Coaching for Coaches.

To join all Group Coaching for Coaches sessions, please use this link: https://zoom.us/j/237991703

During these group coaching sessions, we will explore what people want to focus on and accomplish.  We may move to breakout groups.  We will collaborate to maximize the value of each conversation.

Come ready to share what will help you take care of yourself during this challenging time.

Come ready to share how coaches can best help others through coaching.

And… watch for more!  The next blog will build on this with group coaching for those who are interested, and we will invite you, coaches, to coach breakout groups.

Yes, the impact of the pandemic is hard and is creating many stressors and much strain. Let’s move forward and explore:

  • How can we support one another to face this head-on?
  • What are the challenges we face?
  • How can we meet and surpass challenges with grace and ease?
  • How can we maximize options?
  • What are the opportunities?
  • How can we enhance the benefits of the changes that are happening?
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Tips for Facing Today’s Challenges

Given that we all face challenges, approaching them with a solution focus is smart.  Whether you are facing challenges yourself or supporting coaching clients facing challenges or both, following are questions to explore yourself and/or to ask your clients. Tips for Facing Today’s Challenges

Loss of Income

  • What is the financial impact?
  • What are your reserves to carry you through?
  • What are your options for cutting expenses?
  • What are your options for accessing resources in a different way?
  • What are your options for adding to your income?
  • What support is available?
  • What happens is you do not change anything?
  • What changes are possible?
  • How will you move forward?

Closure of Children’s Schools

  • How does it impact childcare?
  • How does it impact your children’s education?
  • How long will this be a consideration?
  • How can you adjust your work schedule?
  • What flexibility do you have with your job?
  • Who can help?
  • Who can you exchange help with?

Inability to Get Home

  • Where are you now?
  • What are the travel limitations?
  • What are the travel alternatives?
  • How long will you be dealing with the circumstances?
  • How are you impacted by staying where you are? (Ask follow-up questions about: Financial, Family, and Work Considerations, etc.)
  • Who can help your family?
  • How can you address work considerations?
  • What are your options in terms of expenditures?
  • How will you take care of yourself?

Quarantines

  • What are the challenges with being quarantined?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What protocols do you want in a place to ensure maximum safety?
  • What necessities to you have?
  • What necessities do you want to acquire?
  • How will you acquire those necessities?
  • What services are available to help?
  • What other support is available?
  • How will you take advantage of the time?

Lack of Access to Basic Necessities

  • What is available to you?
  • What is missing?
  • What are the resources for acquiring necessities?
  • How can you ration what you do have?
  • What opportunities do you have for sharing resources?
  • What alternatives are available?
  • How can you maximize what you have?
  • What are alternatives for what you lack?

Illness

  • What is the status now?
  • What is the prognosis?
  • What do you know about taking care of someone with this illness?
  • What additional information do you want?
  • Where can you get that information?
  • What is the best way to take care of yourself and / or the person who is ill?
  • What protocols do you want to have in place?
  • How will you take care of others who are nearby?
  • Who else do you want to connect with during this time? How?
  • How can you make this time as comfortable as possible?
  • How can you maximize this time?

Death

If there is time available:

  • How can you best support the person who is dying?
  • What do they want in their remaining time?
  • What conversations are important to complete?
  • What people are important to connect with?
  • What planning do you want to do?

After Death:

  • How do you want to honor their life?
  • What memories do you want to preserve?
  • What planning is required now?
  • What must be decided?
  • What must be managed over time?
  • What will it take for closure?
  • What would they say to you if they could?
  • How will you hold on to the good?
  • How will you move forward?
  • How will you celebrate them?

These questions are intended to help whoever is facing a challenge moving forward in the best way possible.  The questions are coaching questions based on the tips taught during coaching certification.  There are more questions to ask based on individual circumstances.  Use what you learned during your coach training to best help yourself and / or others.

 

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Facing the Challenge

Facing the ChallengeLife is full of challenges.  Some see these as barriers, and some see them as opportunities.  How do you choose to face challenges?  How do you support coaching clients when they face challenges?  Ideally coaching certification supports facing them as an opportunity.

Beyond considering how to face challenges, consider the pros and cons of the approach.  When challenges are perceived as a negative barrier, then that negative barrier is immediately more difficult and daunting.  When challenges are perceived as manageable or an opportunity, then there is more energy behind taking them on and greater flexibility in moving past them.

Consider the challenge we all face with the current pandemic.  For some the challenges include a loss of income, the closure of children’s schools, the inability to get home, quarantines, lack of access to basic necessities, illness, and even death.

Safeguards are being put into place, we can access information for self-care, and we are limited in terms of travel, work, and social activities.  How do we face this challenge?

Resources abound for all of us through ICF’s website and more.  Please visit the Center for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html to learn how to take care of yourself and others.

What can you do for the people you serve?  Consider and work with their circumstances.  This may mean putting a hold on the coaching, considering a sliding scale fee, or being ready to discuss the challenges they are facing with openness, vulnerability, and a willingness to have tough or deeply personal conversations.  Use what you learned in coach training and apply the techniques and coaching competencies as well as the ethics.

 

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The How of Positiveness

by Dr. Tony Alessandra

Ever since Dr. Peale introduced his formulation of positive thinking, we’ve been hearing the notion of “having a positive attitude” from every motivational book and speaker you could name. It’s not that we don’t need to be reminded once in a while to get out of a negativity rut. We do. But the way “positive attitude” is sometimes presented is like buying a new outfit or getting a haircut. Just go out and do it. How? The previous blog gave the first aspect of positiveness and now we will review the next two aspects.

The second aspect of positiveness comes from knowing what strengths you have to build on to achieve that life philosophy. This involves taking a personal inventory about your talents and skills and also what you like to do. It is further supported by working with a certified professional coach for a clear understanding of what you learn and to develop strategies for application of the insights. Ideally, we’d all like to make a living or spend our time doing what we love. The people who come the closest to that are those who actually take the time to figure out what they love doing. Then you figure out what skills you have and which ones you need and take a step closer to matching your ideal life’s work with the reality of your work life.

Having a positive life philosophy and knowing what strengths you have to build on will only get you so far.

The third aspect of positiveness is surrounding yourself with other sources of the same energy. Occasionally we hear stories of people who struggle against great odds, prove the naysayers wrong and achieve the nearly impossible. They turn around a defunct company, they stop a highway from going through virgin land, they bring out a new product line in record time, or they beat the odds-on terminal cancer.

By definition, they had to have had a positive philosophy to get them there and they had to know what they could do themselves and what they needed to get from others. Those stories rarely mention the fact that those people always had some other source of positive energy outside themselves that kept them going. Most probably it was other people they could rely on for support. Other people who were also positive about their ability to succeed. Perhaps they were also motivated by the example of some historical figure. Perhaps they drew strength from a spiritual source. The point is, they didn’t do it alone. They needed to be embedded in some sort of supportive, positive context that recharged them when their own batteries were running low. During coaching certification a powerful tool for just this is taught.

Ideally, you surround yourself with the kinds of people who exhibit the positive traits we’re talking about. Avoid the two-dimensional folks who tend toward the negative traits we discussed earlier – the ones who see things as either/or, right or wrong, and don’t care to entertain any other thoughts. These people don’t help recharge, they drain you.

I hope in this brief discussion I’ve given you the beginnings of a deeper understanding of the How. It begins inside you with a positive life philosophy, a positive sense of who you are and what you bring to the table of life. And it requires that you embed yourself in a context of positiveness – to tap sources beyond yourself. If this trait isn’t already in your repertoire, then begin here. The trait of positiveness is so attractive, other people will be drawn to you.

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Dr. Tony Alessandra

Dr. Tony Alessandra has a street-wise, college-smart perspective on business, having been raised in the housing projects of NYC to eventually realizing success as a graduate professor of marketing, internet entrepreneur, business author, and hall-of-fame keynote speaker. He earned a BBA from Notre Dame, an MBA from the Univ. of Connecticut and his Ph.D. in marketing from Georgia State University (1976). Known as “Dr. Tony” he’s authored 30+ books and 100+ audio/video programs. He was inducted into the NSA Speakers Hall of Fame (1985) and Top Sales World’s Hall of Fame (2010). Meetings & Conventions Magazine has called him “one of America’s most electrifying speakers”.

Dr. Tony is also the Founder/Chairman of Assessments 24×7. Assessments 24×7 is a global leader of online DISC assessments, delivered from easy-to-use online accounts popular with business coaches and Fortune 500 trainers around the world. This is the assessment dashboard provided to all CCC coach training graduates.

 

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Positiveness

by Dr. Tony Alessandra

Positiveness means maintaining a state of positive expectations about people and situations, including a positive state of energy in your thoughts and emotional patterns. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s book, The Power of Positive Thinking, was published over 40 years ago and it continues to sell well because it contains such a universal truth: the attitudes we hold help to shape the reality we experience. During coaching certification, coaches learn about the impact of being positive.

Having a positive attitude isn’t something you just tack on to your old personality. That positiveness isn’t external like a new suit. It comes from deep within you. It has to or it would get wiped out with the first sign of a countervailing negative force.

The first aspect of positiveness is built on having your own positive life philosophy, on knowing what strengths you have, and on surrounding yourself with other sources of positiveness.

Many of us haven’t taken the time to consider what our own life philosophy is. If you haven’t, it doesn’t mean you don’t have one. You’re just operating from it unconsciously. By life philosophy, I mean, in simple terms, something like: I know I’m here to live up to my potential, make a contribution to society, and have a good time. Someone else might say: I’m here to serve God through being of service to my fellow human beings. Another philosophy might be: I’m here to show others that despite physical handicaps, you can lead a productive life and enjoy what you have.

Your personal philosophy can contain a vision such as: I’m here to save the planet from environmental destruction. Or, I’m a valuable member of a company that’s improving the way human beings communicate with one another. Your philosophy acknowledges who you are and what your purpose is for being alive. A truly positive philosophy, one that’s motivating, encompasses more than just you. Again, if you haven’t formulated one, your unconscious personal philosophy might sound something like: “I’m here to make it through the day, day after day, until I die.” Or, “I’m here to grab as much as I can of material possessions and thrills, because you only live once.” Having a well-articulated personal philosophy gives you a sense of purpose and it can help you get through rough times as well.

Working with a certified professional coach is an opportunity to intentionally define and live your life philosophy.

Come back for the second and third aspects of positiveness in the next blog.

Dr. Tony Alessandra Dr. Tony Alessandra has a street-wise, college-smart perspective on business, having been raised in the housing projects of NYC to eventually realizing success as a graduate professor of marketing, internet entrepreneur, business author, and hall-of-fame keynote speaker. He earned a BBA from Notre Dame, an MBA from the Univ. of Connecticut and his Ph.D. in marketing from Georgia State University (1976). Known as “Dr. Tony” he’s authored 30+ books and 100+ audio/video programs. He was inducted into the NSA Speakers Hall of Fame (1985) and Top Sales World’s Hall of Fame (2010). Meetings & Conventions Magazine has called him “one of America’s most electrifying speakers”.

Dr. Tony is also the Founder/Chairman of Assessments 24×7. Assessments 24×7 is a global leader of online DISC assessments, delivered from easy-to-use online accounts popular with business coaches and Fortune 500 trainers around the world. This is the assessment dashboard provided to all CCC coach training graduates.

 

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What are your Client’s Influencing Factors?

Whether engaging with a new coaching client or continuing with an existing client, there are influencing factors at play.  Influencing factors impact options, decisions, and follow-through.  Sometimes the influencer is time or money, other times it may be physical health, relationships, culture, diversity and inclusion, trauma, conflict, spirituality, mental health, and/or more. What are your Client’s Influencing Factors?

As a coach, how do you effectively create awareness of the influencing factors for the client?  How do you become aware of yourself so you can effectively support your client?

To start, get to know your client.  There are multiple options:

  • Plan a “get to know you” session.
  • Ask your client to share their LinkedIn and Facebook profiles so you can get to know them.
  • Assessments
  • Create your own cultural bio and invite them to also.

Then, to discover influencing factors, additional steps may include:

  • A big-picture exploration of what they want in all areas of their life.
  • Listening deeply to what is and is not said.
  • Observation of their responses.
  • Inquiry when there seems to be more to what they are saying.
  • A survey or self-evaluation of influencers.

Simply being aware that there are influencing factors for everyone seems a basic concept and at the same time is often forgotten or overlooked.  Be intentional with your awareness and supporting client awareness.

How do these options fit in the coaching process?  An introductory session is a “get to know you” opportunity.  Social media profiles can be shared then.  Assessments are a tool all of the Center for Coaching Certification graduates have available and use when it serves the client.  A cultural bio is smart for coaches to include on their website and can be discussed with clients.  The big-picture exploration, listening deeply, observation, and inquiry are taught during coaching certification.  A survey or self-evaluation of influencers is an example of a tool the coach and client can co-create.

The coaching process and awareness of influencers support client success.

 

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It’s Time to Consider Online Coaching

by Jai Paul  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jai-paul-279b54190/

It’s a great time to become a coach – the power of the internet has made coaching services more accessible to everyday people than ever before, and those with their coaching certification can capitalize on their years of experience.  Unfortunately, many who could become successful online coaches in a wide variety of industries hesitate to engage with this possibility because they mistakenly fear they don’t have what it takes to succeed. It's Time to Consider Online Coaching

There are plenty of reasons to become an online coach, chief amongst them is that others want your help and you can serve them.  Here are some reasons to become an online coach and how to go about chasing this dream.

We are in an Era of Retraining

If there’s a simple way to describe the 21st century, it’s by noting that it’s an era of retraining and constant reskilling.  Things which are cutting-edge on Monday lose their luster come Friday, and even the most successful and well-educated professionals find it necessary to constantly reskill themselves to keep their heads above the water.  As a report from McKinsey has demonstrated, the only way to deal with emerging technologies like automation is to embrace retraining and reskilling.  Enter your online coaching service, which can help intelligent individuals around the planet better themselves.

You may think that becoming an online coach is a great opportunity and hesitate to do so because of the cost entailed with starting in the first place.  This is a common misconception; becoming an online coach takes few resources and mostly counts on your personal expertise. First, complete your coaching certification and then begin networking.  Starting your own website or an email list can be quite affordable if you know what you are doing.  That’s why reading up on the common mistakes of online professionals is important; avoid those errors yourself to ensure your business is successful.

Once you learn that starting your own online coaching business is affordable with appropriate planning, you can define your niche and start doing business.  Take an example from online fitness trainers, whose helpful guides illustrate that you must find clients in a niche area. No matter who you hope to coach, ensure you can narrow your coaching focus to provide specialty expertise that will generate you more clients.

Online Businesses are Flexible

Another excellent reason to become an online coach is that it’s far more flexible than many people seem to understand.  Many jobs in the gig economy talk about flexibility without actually providing it.  One of the perks of being an online coach is that you get to determine who you are coaching and when.  This means you can target your ideal client.

Consider this: should we be surprised that people are embracing oil and gas training courses and other instructive courses taught online?  Not at all.  This is the natural result of technological change.  It actually helps coaches that people are learning online because they are simultaneously becoming more comfortable with online coaching.  It does mean you want to be familiar and comfortable with new technology.

If you think you have what it takes to master the modern digital environment, becoming a coach is a great opportunity while also enabling you to help others reach their full potential.  It’s an immensely rewarding experience and one that’s unlike almost any other job on the planet.  Online coaches get to see their clients develop over time.  Soon you’ll understand that the many allures of the online coaching profession are only going to grow more tantalizing as time goes on.

 

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About Managing Remote Teams

by Alisa Cabrini

Remote teams can be a godsend for organizations.  The flexible arrangements allow organizations to save on the cost of maintaining a space while employees can save a lot by telecommuting and working at home. Managing Remote Teams

The challenge with remote teams is that managers are often at a loss when it comes to managing workers from a distance.  Whether you’re dealing with a partly- or fully remote team, the physical distance can make it hard to properly communicate expectations and gauge whether everyone is on the same page.  This is where professionals with their coaching certification can help.

The following are tips to help managers make their remote teams more effective.

The Importance of Recognition

Recognition is a huge problem for many employees, and more so for remote workers.  Gallup reports that lack of recognition is the main reason why workers leave their jobs, presenting a huge issue that can otherwise be easily addressed.  This issue holds especially true for companies who juggle both remote and in-house teams, as mobile workers are left to a disadvantage.

Managers will have to work doubly hard to ensure that all employees are being seen and recognized for their contributions.  Scheduling regular check-ins, whether daily or weekly, gives managers that reminder to take care of all their employees.

Getting Valuable Face-time

No person is an island and at the end of the day, remote workers want to be reminded that they’re part of a team.  For companies with both in-house and remote teams, get-togethers can be as simple as inviting your mobile workers to visit the office every now and again.  In fact, some companies require mobile workers to visit their office at least once a week.

For companies who have fully remote teams, it’s important that the company invest in a meeting space for everyone to work together occasionally.  Industrious highlights the importance of building a community through working together, which is why co-working spaces are growing as accessible options for start-ups and remote teams alike.  Since co-working spaces typically offer flexible membership packages, managers can book these spaces as needed.  Overall, the benefits of physically working together sometimes adds value.

Use Video Chats to Your Advantage

Speaking of face time, for some remote teams that kind of physical meet-up isn’t an option.  This is why video chats are crucial to sustaining remote work operations. Sometimes people are afraid of video chats. Forbes even points out that video conferences are a chance to let your guard down and open lines of authentic communication.

Being prim and proper isn’t the point of video chatting; these digital meetings are all about getting to know who you’re working with and keeping communication lines open.

Here at the Center for Coaching Certification we understand that effective coaching takes into consideration the ever-evolving world of business.  Coaching managers of remote teams support them in keeping the lines of communication with their teams open, building connections, and recognizing their people.

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