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Over the course of the week, you’ve read a little bit about what the coaching profession is, what it has to offer you and/or your organization, as well as the value that coaching brings to your development, whether professionally or personally.

Hopefully, what you already know about coaching was reinforced or you became more aware of how you will benefit from engaging a coach.  And some of you still have more questions and a few of you are ready to hire a coach!

A Guide to Hiring a Professional Coach (click on title to download) will give you additional information and insight to get you started with the hiring process.

Thank you for celebrating with us this week!  The official celebration may be ending, yet it doesn’t have to end and the celebration can continue for you each time you come back and visit the Roots of Thought blog.

Take a moment to share your thoughts and comments.

Until next time…

P.S. — Still have questions?  Schedule your complimentary coaching session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

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As we wind down the week-long celebration of International Coaching Week, one question that comes up very often is, “How effective will coaching be and how will I know if it will be effective for me?”  This is a great question and it lets me know the person and/or organization is giving some thought and performing due diligence ensuring their energy, time and money are well invested.

The answer is not a simple one beyond, “Coaching is very effective and you’ll know because you’ll start doing things, thinking about things, and approaching circumstances in your life differently.  You’ll make better decisions for you, which in turn, can increase your earning potential, put you on the right career path, develop leadership skills, build more meaningful relationships with colleagues, co-workers, customers, friends and family.  And so much more!”

Sometimes what a person is really asking with the “effectiveness question” is, “How much more will I make?  How quickly will I get promoted?  How do I figure out what I want to be “when I grow up”?  How do I increase sales?  What do I do to get back on track with ______ ?  How do I get it all done?”  And the list of questions goes on, and on, and on.

Rather than try to convince you that coaching is very effective, here’s a presentation from the Lore International Institute given by Terry Bacon, Ph.D. and Anna Pool, MA, OD titled Can Coaching Effectiveness Be Measured? (Click on title to download)

In their presentation, effective coaching is defined as “…coaching that creates the right behavioral changes that lead to improvement in the client’s ability to impact bottom-line results.”

After you’ve read the report, take a moment and share your comments and thoughts.

Until next time…

P.S. — Want to discuss how coaching can help you become more effective at what you do or what you want?  Schedule your private, confidential complimentary discovery session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

The first full week in February is designated as International Coaching Week (ICW) and it’s a week-long global celebration designed for coaches and clients to educate others about the value of working with a professional coach (business, career, life, personal, development…and the list goes on) and to acknowledge the progress and results achieved through the coaching process.

I will be commemorating the event by participating in some pro bono activities throughout the week, of which you are the beneficiary!

Check back with the Roots of Thought blog often over the course of the week to take advantage of the great opportunities that will be presented.

To kick off the week, here are a few often asked questions about coaching:

  • What are the benefits of coaching?

Individuals who engage in a coaching partnership can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles.

Consistent with a commitment to enhancing their personal effectiveness, they can also expect to see appreciable results in the areas of productivity, personal satisfaction with life and work, and the achievement of personally relevant goals.

  • What is the a coach’s responsibility in the coach-client relationship?

A coach should:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve;
  • Encourage client self-discovery;
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies; and
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable.

Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives.  Ultimately, coaches help people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives.

Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs.  They seek to solicit solutions and strategies from the client; believing the client is naturally creative and resourceful.  The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.

Coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole.

Until next time…

P.S. — Want some assistance going from reflection to resolution?  Schedule your private, confidential complimentary discovery session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

As the year speeds to its end, we begin to mentally prepare for next year.  But don’t forget to take time to assess your personal and professional challenges and accomplishments THIS year.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  1. What have I accomplished this year?  Be specific. Write it all down. Schedule some time to celebrate this!
  2. What have I learned this year?  What skills did you pick up? What emotional lessons?
  3. What got in my way?  This is where your work will be next year.  Be honest if it was your own self that got in the way.
  4. What are my immediate next steps to achieve these goals?
  5. What did I learn from those things that didn’t go as I expected this year?  When you take the time to absorb the lessons that the events in our lives come to teach us, you will not repeat the same mistakes repeatedly.
  6. What am I grateful for this year?  Make a list of at least 100 things that you are grateful for and watch more good things start coming into your life.
  7. On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied am I with how I spent the year?  Why?
  8. What do I want to accomplish next year, such that it’s my best year ever?
  9. What does it take to make me feel a 10/10 satisfaction level at the end of next year?
  10. What new habits do I want to cultivate that will help me achieve my goals in 2012?

When you take the time to answer these questions thoughtfully, you are taking the time to invest in yourself and your success.  Remember that ‘why’ that motivates you and use it to push you beyond the obstacles that will always pop up in your path.  True success is found only when you are willing to keep getting up after every setback.

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” ~ Hal Borland

Until next time…

P.S. — Want some assistance going from reflection to resolution?  Schedule your private, confidential complimentary discovery session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

We’re wrapping up our week-long celebration of International Coaching Week; however, it’s not the end of educating, sharing, encouraging and inspiring as each opportunity arises.  Each day this week, the information has been a little different with the idea that coaching, whether it’s life coaching, development coaching, achievement coaching, career coaching, etc., is available to everyone and there’s a type and style of coaching just for you…and your company…for whatever you want to achieve.

Today’s feature article addresses the question, “Why is the use of coaching increasing?”.  One reason, and perhaps the most important reason, is that it impacts a company’s bottom line.  What would you do with an 88% increase in productivity?  Click on the above link for 9 drivers that create a need for coaching.

What kind of results would you like to achieve?

Until next time…

P.S. — Want a better understanding of how a coach can help you increase your productivity and impact your business?  Schedule your private, confidential complimentary coaching session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

As part of our week-long celebration of International Coaching Week, we’ll be sharing some information throughout the week about the coaching profession.  Each day, the information will be a little different with the idea that coaching, whether it’s life coaching, development coaching, achievement coaching, career coaching, etc., is available to everyone and there’s a type and style of coaching just for you…and your company.

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Today we’ll take a look at how coaching impacts leadership development and their organizations.  Did you know anyone can be a leader?  Even you?

Click here to read the white paper “Coaching and Philanthropy”.

“Through coaching … I have a sense of owning this job and a sense of competence and assuredness about doing the job that I think would have otherwise taken years and years (and lots of heartache and not great learning experiences) to gain.”

Until next time…

P.S. — Want a better understanding of how a coach can help you acquire better leadership skills or improve leadership within your organization?  Schedule your private, confidential complimentary coaching session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

As part of our week-long celebration of International Coaching Week, we’ll be sharing some information throughout the week about the coaching profession.  Each day, the information will be a little different with the idea that coaching, whether it’s life coaching, development coaching, achievement coaching, career coaching, etc., is available to everyone and there’s a type and style of coaching just for you.

Today we’ll do our best to answer some of the most common and frequently asked questions…

stone question markWhat is coaching?

Coaching is a process to help you clearly understand the relationship between you and your thoughts and to recognize how your thought processes have been running your life.  Coaching can assist you in recognizing moments of choice throughout your day and encourage you to make better decisions at those moments of choice.  Coaching focuses on moving forward and making the changes you want to make.

What it’s not?

Coaching should not be construed as psychological therapy or consulting.  Therapy focuses on addressing unresolved issues that are holding you back from moving forward and consulting is giving expert advice in a particular, specific area.

Are my results guaranteed?

No, they are not.  Your coach will guide and support you in the process of mastering your thoughts and ultimately your actions based on your decisions.  Ultimately that choice rests solely with you.  You enter a coaching relationship with the understanding that YOU are responsible for doing the necessary work to create the results you want.

How can a coach help me?

If you want to improve your performance, improve self-awareness, develop leadership capacity, learn how to empower and improve communications with others, live a more successful, productive, happy life, a coach can guide you through the process of making changes in the way you are currently thinking.


What are a few reasons people hire coaches?discipline with watch

  • Improve relationships (family, business, friend, etc.)
  • Promoting to management or leadership position
  • Improve people skills
  • Experiencing diversity challenges
  • Improve employee retention rate
  • Increase productivity
  • Experience quality personal time
  • Achieve excellent health/fitness
  • Develop long-lasting friendships
  • Plan their financial well-being
  • Undergoing major life changes
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Improve personal confidence
  • Create a worthwhile life vision

How do I chose a coach?

Consider your goals – what do  you want to be different in your life, goals you want to accomplish / achieve, or discover what you’re truly capable of becoming?

  1. Educate yourself about coaching and investigate and research what’s available.
  2. Assess your readiness for coaching.  Are you willing to invest time and effort into getting the results you want?  This is not a quick fix or band-aid.  Do you want to change your circumstance or your life?
  3. Identify and interview  your coaching partner candidates.
  4. Select your coach.

What are your thoughts about today’s information?

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the coaching profession and about hiring a coach.

Until next time…

P.S. — Want a better understanding of how a coach can assist you?  Schedule your complimentary coaching session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

So many individuals I’ve encountered lately seem to be functioning in “panic mode” as the rule rather than the exception.  Perhaps believing there’s nothing they can do to change their circumstances or feeling a lack of control over what the future may hold, and they’re caught up in a never-ending cycle of soul-sucking, energy-draining despair…so focused on all the things that are wrong or feeling victimized by all the people that “done them wrong”, they forget the POWER to do something – anything, is with them and has never left.  It’s buried under all that emotional mud.

Here’s a story from “The Group of 33” for you to read so you can begin to change your perspective and focus, if you are one of those people that have been afflicted with panic:

“Panicking when something really bad happens is counterproductive.

The new Home Depot just down the street is having its grand

opening sale—this is not the time to figure out a new strategy for
your hardware store. It’s way too late for that.

Imagine a potbellied, nervous, cigarette-smoking salesman,
pacing back and forth in front of his office building. He’s annoyed
to be outside, but they won’t let him smoke inside. He’s
puffing as hard as he can, anxious about getting back to work.

This guy is focused on solving the urgent problems in his life.
And all those problems are about today. He’s not focused one bit
on losing weight or giving up cigarettes or understanding how
tense he is. He figures that there will be time for that later.

Right now, he needs to panic about the sales numbers that are
due tomorrow. He’ll have time to panic about his health when
he’s in the hospital having bypass surgery.

The time to panic about his health is right now, of course,
while he can still do something about it. Taking action today on
a long-term problem is easier, cheaper, more effective, and far
less time consuming than waiting for it to become an emergency.
The time to panic about his health is today. The time to panic
about the sales numbers was last week.

Why not start panicking in advance? Why not start taking
emergency measures while there’s still a chance that those emergency
measures will actually accomplish something?

Is your flagship product going to be obsolete in five years? You
betcha. That means the time to start panicking about a replacement
is right now, not in four years.

Every organization that gets into trouble falters because it
waited too long to do the stuff that should have been done a long
time ago. Panic early, not late, and your fire drills will actually
pay off.”

~ Taken from The Big Moo

(Yes, I’ve purchased and own a copy :-D)

It doesn’t matter where in your life you’re panic-ing inappropriately or constantly, it doesn’t have to be that way.  Focus on what YOU can do at this moment to begin the process of taking long-term action – and yes, before you know it, you’ll find yourself accomplishing great things!

So, get going.

Until next time…

P.S. Want to know more about taking charge of your “panic-attacks”?  Schedule your complimentary coaching session to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

Welcome to Roots of Thought, Joshua Tree Coaching & Consulting, LLC’s new blog, and Thought Buds, a brief inspirational message to keep you going between newsletters and blogs.

Hope you will make this an interactive event. We welcome your comments and thoughts.

Yours in Service,
Catherine McAnally, CSAC, SACA, CHDM
President
Joshua Tree Coaching & Consulting, LLC

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