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How to Be a Coach

Many people have a dream or vision for their future, the expression of a deep yearning for self-actualization, oft described as realizing one’s full potential. Getting from here, point A, to the imagined future, point B, is easier said than done.

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Coaching for Fit

Ever since McKinsey & Company proposed that successful businesses were always engaged in a 'war for talent’ in the 1990s, we’ve been hoodwinked into believing that the secret to high productivity is talent, and we have become obsessed with finding and keeping talented individuals. The problem is, this approach rarely works. 

Shifting Your Ego to LEGO

Today's age of accelerating external change is calling coaches to help themselves, and others, change faster than ever before. Opportunities for transformational change are not hard to find. They turn up in moments invaded by uncomfortable emotions, such as worry, frustration, or disappointment. 

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ontological coaching

In this blog, we share the historical context, origin, emergence, inspiration, and  scholar contributions  to these fundamental coaching concepts. Let’s meet the philosophers and scientists whose concepts gave birth to ontological coaching.

Behind the Johari Window

What do you know about yourself? What do you know about yourself that everyone also knows? What do you know about yourself that others still don’t know? What do others perceive in you that is not yet known by you? And what do neither others nor you know about yourself?

An acknowledgement recognizes the whole of the person, both who they are being and what they are doing. It does so in specific and evocative language that feels true to both the giver and receiver. An acknowledgement is more a statement of a shared reality than a judgement. It focuses slightly more on who the person is being than on what they are doing.

The Power of Acknowledgement - Alison Whitmire

Acknowledgement of the client is every bit as important (maybe more so) as asking powerful questions, active listening, or planning and goal setting. Acknowledgement is a foundational element of the coach/client relationship that builds the trust and intimacy needed to do the rest of the work.

We learned from the Oscar-winning Pixar movie, Inside Out , that multiplicity of mind is natural and normal.

Reputation

So much of what we say, do and understand comes not from the reality at the heart of things, but from the perception of them. Especially the perceptions of people. It’s called reputation and it’s a precious commodity.

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declipse - transform your stress

A strong emotion behaves (metaphorically) like an eclipse, inadvertently creating a blind spot and blocking access to an alternative perspective bringing wisdom or insight. The eclipse generates the tension of something unresolved. The agitated mind yearns for a “declipse,” to get past the stuck place of an eclipse and find resolution and balance. 

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