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Coaching Competency

Competencies are the skills identified as critical to the profession.  The International Coach Federation defines and measures 11 Core Competencies for coaches. About Coaching Competency: Coaching requires a set of learned skills. Coach training both teaches the competencies and supports … Read more

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The Steps in a Coaching Relationship

In the previous log the Staircase to Success analogy gave a brief description of the coaching relationship.  What follows now is a deeper exploration by outlining key considerations for each step and then reviewing how to move forward. Coach Training … Read more

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Stairway to Success Analogy of a Coaching Relationship

The analogy of building a staircase aligned to building a coaching relationship is a tool for the client and the coach to use as they co-create the coaching relationship. The Center for Coaching Certification (CCC) designed the Stairway to Success … Read more

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Long-term Implications of a Coaching Culture

Imagine the impact of a culture where people focus on the future, are positive and proactive, and believe in empowering individual awareness and choice! The bottom-line impact of a coaching culture is powerful.  Without a coaching approach, how many people … Read more

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Empower Independence

The idea of empowering independence seems a good one.  The challenge is doing it effectively. Consider what happens in the workplace: ideally the people inside of an organization have the ability to do their job well.  Sometimes this is blocked … Read more

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You’re not coaching, you’re just telling stories!

By Randy Kesterson, www.RandyKesterson.com During the twenty years I have worked at the Vice President level, my role has included the call to coach members of my team and other extended teams. My wife Susan and I walk together quite … Read more

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Coaching Techniques for Focus and Motivation

During coaching certification, the class on focus and motivation is amazing in terms of the awareness of how people think and as a result act.  Following are examples. Have you ever gotten in to an elevator and pushed the button … Read more

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Coaching Questions for a Coaching Culture

Powerful questioning is both art and science, and involves open, probing, and clarifying questions. Because a single word potentially changes the meaning and the direction of the conversation, learning powerful questioning takes time.  Powerful questioning is a coaching competency taught during … Read more

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Listening is Essential in a Coaching Culture

Listening is one of the most important tasks to excel in: really hearing what is said and at the same time what is really meant, too.  When you listen well, are open and accepting, then you are prepared to engage … Read more

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Power of Silence – a Tool for a Coaching Culture

Silence is an important tool in conversations generally and in coaching it is essential.  Coach training teaches the power of silence. Think about it this way: how often have you asked a question and then been uncomfortable with the silence … Read more

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