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Coaches can work with a range of individuals managing complexity. Their role is to offer clients safe, professional, and independent support.  This provides them an opportunity to explore thoughts, feelings, attitudes and beliefs regarding their professional and personal roles, relationships, and wellbeing. This is common for both Executives and those impacted by cancer.

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Unfortunately, pandemic trauma is only serving to exacerbate significant pain that has been building in the healthcare industry for years. For more than a decade, industry experts – and practitioners themselves – have been sounding the alarm about critical levels of burnout and toxic stress experienced by healthcare professionals.

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This blog is based on a series of conversations had by a group of Institute Fellows following a wonderful discussion led by Alison Whitmire, President of Learning in Action (and a Fellow herself) and Jeff Hull, Director of Education, Institute of Coaching, on Coaching for Blind Spots - In Ourselves and Our Clients.  Encouraged by Allison and Jeff, we began to explore a new concept, Presencing, that we share here.  Whitmire’s focus on self-awareness  and working on the ”edge” of our blind spots to become facile and effective at helping our clients uncover and work through their own, adds a new dimension for us as coaches.  

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At the intersection of two large and diverse professions lies an opportunity for relief from the pain and struggles that adversely impact many lives. Healthcare and coaching meet in both research and practice: asking questions and in finding pathways to solutions at the intersection of humans and healthcare. The goal of this article is to provide a foundation of understanding with regard to the value of coaching in health care settings.

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Presenting my tricky case involved sharing a summary of the client engagement (maintaining client confidentiality) that was particularly challenging for me – I felt stuck in doubt about the effectiveness of my coaching. I persistently wondered if another coach  could have served the client better. The process of sharing was validating. My fellow coaches shared their views that indeed, this was a tricky case.

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We all know about the importance of self-care, we all have an acute awareness of our needs, and we have different ways of ensuring self-care. And yet, there are moments when we realize that we haven't properly looked after our needs. We even haven't been the best we could be for our clients. What can we do to increase our awareness of self-care? What are the different ways we look after ourselves and restore ourselves? And how do we deal with what gets in the way?

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Most of our coaching clients are all-too-familiar with the nagging voice of doubt and criticism inside their heads. This voice, often referred to as the Inner Critic, is one of the key roadblocks holding our clients back from achieving their coaching goals. But is that voice the authentic voice of our client, or is it just a part? What wisdom can we learn from listening to all of the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of our client?

Below, 11 Institute of Coaching Fellow Members share their best advice for ways you can help your clients explore and manage their inner critic.

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Trust needs a customized approach. Trust is a complex, multifactorial concept and deserves a focused effort to adapt to your coaching, life, or organization.

Diversity and Inclusion

I recently attended an IOC Huddle on Diversity and Inclusion, in which we shared our experiences in relation to coaching. We explored topics ranging from what coaches can do to support leaders with diversity and inclusion to how to help clients navigate the current social climate. There was an interesting exchange, particularly around intersectionality, multiple identities and identity mapping – but for me, what occurred in the chat was even more fascinating, striking a chord on two different, related levels.

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Top Resilience Tips

What does resilience look like, especially given the current novel coronavirus pandemic?  Here is an overview of the many IOC resources available to you, sourced from the Masterclass on Resilience