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Author Archives: Cathy Liska

Coaching and a Coaching Culture Differentiated

The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “a strategic partnership in which the coach empowers the client to clarify goals, create action plans, move past obstacles, and achieve what the client chooses.”  The ICF publishes a table that explains … Read more

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Coaching Compared with Other Roles

As of this writing, coaching remains widely misunderstood.  Some think of sports coaching where the coach is telling the athletes what to do and driving them forward.  Additionally, the terms mentor and consultant are often mistakenly used interchangeably with the … Read more

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Reflection

In the examples shared in this blog series, the client in the story moved through many phases and worked in many areas of their life.  While each client is different in terms of how many things are covered during a … Read more

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Coaching to Build a Life

During coach training we discuss the importance of a client choosing what to focus on and also empowering the client in terms of how to have the conversation.  Based on this, for the client in the story of this blog … Read more

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Coaching for Practical Situations

In following the story of a coaching client, we moved through transitions after leaving a job, building confidence, prioritizing, finding a job, negotiating, starting a new job, and developing a career path. Now we move into coaching for other areas … Read more

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Coaching to design a Career Path

After working with Katrina to develop strategies for starting her new job as outlined in the previous blog, I also asked questions about personal significance, awareness, and acknowledgement as taught during coaching certification.  Here are examples:  How do you feel … Read more

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Coaching to Develop Workplace Strategies

This blog series continues with the client in the story preparing for her new job.  In preparation for this, I reflected on the balance between being a subject matter expert and a process expert as discussed in the very first … Read more

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Coaching to Prepare for Negotiating

After working through the possibilities of her job offers and making her decision, Katrina wanted to work on negotiating her best deal.  Per our initial agreement, we discussed coaching versus training versus consulting. Katrina felt she had the book knowledge on … Read more

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Coaching During Decision Time

Continuing discussion on the use of various coaching techniques from coach training with coaching client Katrina, this blog series now moves into supporting a coaching client making a big decision.  Within three weeks of her dedicated efforts to find a … Read more

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Job Search Coaching

Continuing from the previous blogs: when Katrina felt good about her resume and social media profiles, she was ready to begin her job search.  During coach training we learn to brainstorm, and this became a great next technique to support … Read more

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