Your Summer Assignment is Here!

August 13, 2017

As we move into August, many families are taking vacations before the start of school.  Summer time is usually a time for more fun and relaxation for both parents and kids out of school.

Some of the best family memories are made during the summer; going on vacation, seeing relatives, camping, or making projects.  Kids seem to sprout like weeds during the summer months as their daily activities change.  Most of us have family memories to look back on and remember as we become adults.  I can remember my Dad declaring one summer day, “We are going on a picnic today and EVERYONE is going to have FUN!” in his loud declarative voice.

What families do and the traditions they have reflect their values.  I did not realize until I was much older the values that I got from my family.  As I matured, I began to develop my own values and … many of them were my family’s values.  Work hard and make a contribution, be generous, continue to learn new things as you grow, be honest and always respect others.  These were not just things my parents told me I should do – they were the things that they did too.

We all have our favorite childhood memories to look back on and share with our children.

As parents, we might assume that our day-to-day lives and special memories convey our values clearly to our children.  But that isn’t always the case.  A colleague of mine has a great way of articulating this, “Children are great observers, but lousy interpreters.”

As a Certified Family Coach, I often hear from parents “Of course my children know our family values.”  Then, when give an assignment to ask their children what their family values are, they are surprised at the responses they get.  Most simply put, values are chosen guiding principles to be lived in every area of life.  Values show up at home, at work, at school, on the playground and when you are alone.

Here’s a great activity for your family before the school-year routines return. Reflect on the last 7 days and write down things that stand out regarding:

  • How you distributed your time over those 7 days?  Work, recreation, service and supporting others, learning something new, housework, sleeping, exercising, time for TV, etc.
  • How much time during the week did you spend in each area?
  • What were the things you wanted to do but did not take time to do?

As you identify where and how you spent your time, what values do you connect to those activities?

For example;  if I am spending time studying in pursuit of a college degree, I value education.  If I volunteer weekly at a homeless shelter or food bank, I might value service or compassion.  If I am regularly planning family activities or opportunities to get together with extended family, I might value family.

A fun family activity that you can do is plan a time as a family to talk about what you value most.  Have everyone in the family share.  Kids might say… fun or sports. Start with sharing what values are in your own words including what it looks like to live each value.  Make it a fun activity – take a 3×5 card for each value and place the word on one side and and describe how you live it on the other side.  Then decorate the cards.  You can put them in a box and pull one each week to focus on “living” and “seeing/experiencing” that value for the week.  Values are to be lived and experienced; the ultimate walking the talk!

Enjoy the rest of the summer, sharing family time together, making memories and living your values.

Our best to you,

Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

 

Launch Your Coaching Business by February!

July 1, 2017

Start training today for your career as a

Professional Performance Coach

and

Have paying clients by February!

In Fundamentals of Performance Coaching, you will learn:

  • How to establish a coaching relationship with others
  • The language of coaching and how to open possibilities for people to take action in achieving their goals
  • To use personality assessment tools to assist clients in understanding their thinking and behavior preferences
  • Templates and tools to use as a professional coach to guide people and manage their progress
  • Communication skills like Neuro Linguistics Programing that will empower people to think and behave in more resourceful ways

Create a life you love while coaching others to do the same!

In just 6 short months, you will:

  • Receive training on all of the ICF-based core competencies of coaching
  • Earn 90.5 ICF CCE’s which meets eligibility requirements for both ICF Membership and ACC Credentialing
  • Enroll paying clients to launch your coaching business or work as an internal corporate coach

Training Dates:

  • Module 1:  August 16-18, 2017
  • Module 2:  October 18-20, 2017
  • Module 3:  February 14-16, 2018

 

Call us TODAY to learn more and start your journey!

Your clients are waiting for YOU!!

Contact:

Name:   Ginny Carter, ACC
Title:      Administrative Director
Phone:  410-236-1491
Email address:  [email protected]

 

 

Successfully Navigating Change

June 8, 2017

In our fast paced world, it seems that change is always occurring.  However, there are many times in life when change comes at us unexpectedly.   Maybe our first reaction is resistance or fear or anger.    Many times we can feel powerless.   Coaching people to move through change is one of the most common reasons for coaching.  Here are the most common areas of change for people:

  • Health breakdown
  • Loss of job
  • Divorce
  • Changing Careers
  • Financial

Before we can effectively move through change, we need to have the space to stop and take an inventory of our emotions surrounding this change, the people impacted by the change, and the resources we have to navigate through change.

  1. Moving from resistance to persistence:  It is easy to fall into the trap of being a victim to the change or even becoming depressed or apathetic.  The sooner you take action to begin to design new opportunities presented by the change, the sooner you will be on the road to a new beginning. You can tend to forget your capabilities for navigating change.  Looking back at past major changes to see the resources you used then can assist you in creating strategies to move forward with your current change.
  2. Reflection and acknowledgement:  We can learn a great deal about ourselves at these times of our lives.  This is a time to revisit your purpose in life and what brings you a sense of fulfillment.  Examine your values – what is truly important to you.  Spend time journaling and give yourself permission to feel the sadness and acknowledge the great things about yourself. It is important to take a break and have your mind and energy on something other than the change you are experiencing.
  3. Envision what you want:  Take time to envision what you want in your future.  Don’t put limits on it, allow yourself to dream.  Think of new training you may want to complete, a new business opportunity, or a new home and how you would want it to look.  Even if you are facing challenges with your health, there are possibilities.  There are times when we feel the most vulnerable that doors open for us.
  4. Enroll resources:  Challenge yourself to reach out to others as a sounding board for ideas and assistance.  It is at times like these we cannot have expectations of others knowing what we need. We must be responsible to connect and ask for what we want to move forward.  Have a great brainstorming session with yourself – or you can include others who might also be impacted by the change – to explore all of the possible solutions or strategies in taking on this change.
  5. Miles are a combination of many steps:  See if you can break the change needed into small actions; making a gradual transition.  When we can integrate change in pieces and over a short period of time, we can avoid becoming overwhelmed and reduce stress as well.
  6. Turn challenges into opportunities:  Identify the challenges or obstacles you foresee as you take these small actions in managing change.  Your attitude will create your experience.  Work to adopt a positive attitude as you embrace the change that has occurred.

Change is not easy for most of us.  Change will always challenge us to face ourselves.  It is at these times that we can experience the greatest growth and our greatest sense of personal power.  Holding on to the past will never move us forward.

Today, more than ever before, the value of engaging with a coach can make huge differences in both the business environment and in other areas of our lives.  The demand for coaches continues to increase in businesses with many now having their own staff of internal coaches, contracting with external coaches and training their managers to lead their teams with coaching skills rather than the old school managing and directing.

If your organization is ready to create a coaching culture and having members of their HR Department or Leadership & Development Department trained as coaches, contact us to learn about our next training beginning in August in Memphis, TN.

To learn more about our training programs or for a consultation on bringing leadership development and coaching skills into your organization, contact Ginny Carter, Administrative Director, at [email protected] or at 410-236-1491.

Our best to you,

Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

 

Coaching Today’s Workforce – Part 4

March 11, 2017

Welcome to the third segment in our 5-part series on coaching trends and how to create a coaching culture in your organization.  If you missed Parts 1, 2 or 3 – you can access them here: Part 1     Part 2     Part 3

This series includes the philosophy and coaching experience of Barbara Fagan, President of Source Point Training, and a recent survey conducted by the International Coach Federation just released in October 2016.  We hope you enjoy these insights and applications on how you can include coaching as a way of contributing to people and teams within your organization.

We are moving to the end of the first quarter 2017, and soon quarterly results will be published.  Companies’ strategic goals have been identified and project teams have been developed to take on key initiatives.  Soon, it will be time for annual reviews of performance and compensation plans.

While the investment in coaching is increasing in organizations, few businesses have a way to formally identify the success and return on investment.

What gets measured gets done. So what’s the best way to measure the impact of coaching?  Some outcomes that should be expected in a coaching culture include the following:

  • Competent leadership including effective communication, better cooperation, sharing resources, setting priorities and holding people responsible for their performance and results.  Coaching empowers people to take responsibility.
  • Less turnover and longer employee engagement. Turnover is a key indicator of the effectiveness of coaching in the workplace. When people are coached effectively and understand their roles and goals, they are more proactive and empowered.
  • Honest, open communication and use of effective feedback systems where everyone contributes to others through feedback – not just managers. People in a coaching culture know how to give effective feedback in a way that people can learn and make more effective choices going forward.  Feedback can “turn the lights on” so people can see and understand how to be more effective.
  • Improved service and responsiveness to all customers either internal or external.  Companies with a coaching culture see increased collaboration and problem solving across departments.

So, how do you measure these outcomes?  It is all in the numbers.  Organizations with a rich coaching culture show:

  • Less employee turnover
  • Individuals achieving professional and personal  goals
  • Changes in attitudes and behaviors leading to collaborative thinking and proactivity
  • Reduction in expense – more efficient use of resources and time
  • Increase in promotions and more leadership opportunities to expand business
  • Increase in market and customers

If you have invested in coach training, take time to determine how you are measuring the results of this investment.  All employees must understand the purpose of coaching and be introduced to ways of using coaching skills as a tool at all levels in the organization so that a true coaching culture exists.

Source Point Training offers organizations a full ICF Approved / AC Accredited coach-specific coach certification program as well as a curriculum for HR/L&D teams to then deliver independently within their organizations.

To learn more about this opportunity, please email Ginny Carter, Administrative Director, at [email protected].

Our best to you,

Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

 

Coaching Today’s Workforce – Part 3

February 1, 2017

Welcome to the third segment in our 5-part series on coaching trends and how to create a coaching culture in your organization.  If you missed Parts 1 and 2 – you can access them here:  Part 1     Part 2

This series includes the philosophy and coaching experience of Barbara Fagan, President of Source Point Training, and a recent survey conducted by the International Coach Federation just released in October 2016.  We hope you enjoy these insights and applications on how you can include coaching as a way of contributing to people and teams within your organization.

Creating a coaching culture where managers/leaders actively coach their teams can create positive change for both the organization and the employees; with the latter also having the added benefit of impacting both the personal and professional areas of their lives. Coaches understand that when you are coaching someone in one area – say improved time management – that there will also be improvements on time management at home. Or coaching an employee to have a difficult conversation with a co-worker through improved listing and communication skills will likewise benefit all of their relationships.

We also know that individuals and teams that perform at higher levels, more effectively and efficiently, translates to improved bottom line financial results. Research continues to provide evidence that coaching works and creating a coaching culture promotes attraction and attainment of top talent at all levels.

And . . . a coaching culture’s ROI is only as good as the competency of those using the coaching skills. Coaching employees effectively requires coach-specific skills and ongoing practice/usage of those skills. In his book, Journal of Change Management, A. M. Grant shares, “It takes between three and six months to become comfortable with using coaching skills in the workplace.” And of course, that’s with a solid training that sets managers up with the skills and a plan of action for those 3-6 months of practice and implementation.

According to the recent ICF/HCI survey Building a Coaching Culture with Managers and Leaders, “The training of managers/leaders using coaching skills is a very important part of building a coaching culture; 87% of respondents with strong coaching cultures report their current training has been instrumental in building a coaching culture.”

Most managers/leaders who receive coach-specific training do so through their HR/L&D Departments or through internal coach practitioners as reflected below.

This makes it critical that those in the HR/L&D Departments receive formal, accredited/ approved coach-specific training so that they are fully prepared to deliver a solid foundation of coach training to managers/leaders and provide ongoing support, mentoring, and follow up training. This is the foundation for developing and sustaining a strong coaching culture with an organization.

Source Point Training offers organizations a full ICF Approved / AC Accredited coach-specific coach certification program as well as a curriculum for HR/L&D teams to then deliver independently within their organizations.

To learn more about this opportunity, please give me a call today at 800-217-5660 ext. 101 or feel free to email me at [email protected].

Our best to you,

Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

What a Year It Has Been!

December 31, 2016

As the year draws to a close, we at Source Point Training are celebrating our 7th Anniversary. Many said it wasn’t possible; but because of all of you, our passion for the work that we do, and our on-going commitment to make a difference in the world, we have been able to empower, educate and engage people and organizations these last 7 years.

The world continues to provide challenges for us all and with that comes the opportunity to learn, grow and adapt.  This year, SPT continued to support organizations that are committed to developing top leadership teams and learning to coach their teams to become self-generative and more fulfilled in the work they do. 

Lou, always passionate about traveling ANYWHERE in the world on a moments notice, continues to challenge people to break through their self limiting beliefs and embrace the unique and authentic human being they are and the contribution they make.  Barbara continues to work in Taipei, Hong Kong and now in Shanghai and Shenzhen developing professional coaches who are recognized by both the International Coach Federation and the Association for Coaching.  Barbara also became an Accredited Master Coach with the Association for Coaching!  Ginny continues to be the glue that hold Source Point Training together.  Anyone who has contact with us gets the opportunity to work with Ginny.  Through her commitment to being in service and her beyond belief operations skills, she keeps all the parts of Source Point Training moving forward.

And to all of the coaches who are a part of our professional coaching team around the world, we thank you so much for your partnership and your commitment to coaching and training the world over throughout these last 7 years.

Kelly Mobeck, who many of you have had the opportunity to work with as a coach sent her oldest son, Bradley, off to college this year. Brad has been a Source Point Training kid through the years and because of his mom’s great coaching, he could lead an outstanding team anywhere.  We know he will take these skills with him and wish him much success.

Helene Lynch, who has been one of our top Leadership Coaches, always throws a great Christmas party and this year most of the SPT team was there to celebrate with her. The stories were long and the laughter was belly aching!  We all love you, Helene!

This year we moved our Mastery of Performance Coaching training to Healdsburg so that the more mature coaching students could enjoy Barbara’s home town and some sightseeing and wine tasting – another great incentive to do your coach certification training with Source Point Training!

It is great when Barbara and Lou can find time to meet together – this year it was fortunate that they were both in Shanghai together and had the opportunity to have “fine dining” and time to catch up.

As we come to the end of 2016, we look back and reflect on how grateful we are to have the professional and personal relationships that we have shared with many of you. We wish you all the best in the year ahead – good health, peace and joy that make your heart sing!!!

Enjoy our video of highlights from 2016!

CLICK HERE – TURN YOUR SOUND ON!!

With warmest gratitude,

Happy New Year!!

Barbara, Lou and everyone at Source Point Training

 

 

Hot Summer Reading!

June 8, 2016

Summer is right around the corner and a time when many of us find more opportunities to catch up on some good reading.  Whether we find time to lounge at the beach with a good book, on our back decks or in our special quiet place in our homes – reading is a great way to relax and enter the world of learning, entertainment, suspense or those wonderful “just because” books!

As you consider lining up some books for your summer, we wanted to offer you a few suggestions.  You will also see this newsletter available on our Facebook page and we encourage you to comment there and share some of your suggested books with our followers as well!

Bio of BeliefBiology of Belief:  Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles by Bruce H. Lipton

This book is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology, and it will forever change how you think about thinking. Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been made about the interaction between your mind and body and the processes by which cells receive information. Using simple language, illustrations, humor, and everyday examples, he demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species.

You are a Badass:  How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen SinceroYou

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, Jen Sincero serves up 27 bite sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want and to create a life you totally love. Make some damn money already, the kind you’ve never made before.

You’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

OneThe ONE Thing:  The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan

People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. By focusing their energy on one thing at a time people are living more rewarding lives by building their careers, strengthening their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, deepening their faith, and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships.

YOU WANT LESS. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions-and lots of stress. AND YOU WANT MORE. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends. NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTH-LESS AND MORE. In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to * cut through the clutter * achieve better results in less time * build momentum toward your goal * dial down the stress * overcome that overwhelmed feeling * revive your energy * stay on track * master what matters to you The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life-work, personal, family, and spiritual. WHAT’S YOUR ONE THING?Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town.

GoldfinchThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

“The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind….Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.”–Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of his mother – a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love–and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.plane life

Plane Life:  Highs and Lows by Mary Bennett Gollly

One of our fellow Certified Professional Coaches – Mary Golly – shares her memoir about her life and flying career. “Plane Life is about love and perseverance. I’ve experienced joy, regrets and redemption. My adventures rewarded me with many lessons as I went on to achieve my dream of becoming a flight attendant even when life’s obstacles made it difficult and seemingly untenable.”

Att CoachingCoaching for Attorneys:  Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance by Cami McLaren and Stephanie Finelli

Co-authored by another one of our fellow Certified Professional Coaches – Cami McLaren.  Coaching for Attorneys is more than just a book. It is a mentor – addressing common problems and concerns that lawyers experience throughout their careers – and provides specific tools along with specific step-by-step instructions on how to use these tools to help you make life as a lawyer easier. Coaching for Attorneys teaches one how to feel good about what you are doing thus resulting in better work, better health, and better family life. Simply put: a fulfilled attorney is a better attorney.  Throughout this new-age book, real life examples are included that demonstrate how effective coaching can have positive changes. The authors help you realize practicing law in a new and innovative way that will respect who you are as a person; that will bring excellence to your practice, balance to your life; and that will ultimately have you feeling better and working more productively!

As you begin to plan your summer, be sure to include time for rejuvenating yourself – reading, journaling, meditation, exercise, time with family and friends, and a great glass of wine.  And who knows, maybe there’s a book waiting to be written by you!

Our best to you, Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

 

Living on Purpose!

January 20, 2016

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Today, there is a lot of talk about ‘purpose’.  Businesses have long had purpose and/or mission statements, personal growth environments encourage individuals to find their personal purpose, some people look for purpose in a spiritual context i.e. the purpose of being in this world, etc.  But what do you think when you hear “live a life of purpose”?

Purpose isn’t just for those BIG concepts – the purpose of a business or your life purpose.  While those BIG purposes are the foundation, how do you go about living that purpose in everything you do each day?  In organizations, how do employees live out a company’s purpose within the duties and leadership of their individual positions?

As many of our readers know, Purpose answers the question ‘why?’ and it guides us like the rudder on a boat.  Why is this business in business?  Why are you here on this planet at this time?  For most individuals, answering the later question is a journey of self-reflection, exploration and discovery.  In our e-book – The Power of Personal Purpose – Barbara shares an exercise to assist individuals in starting a Purpose Quest.  This is a great exercise that many of our coaches use with their clients to begin to identify their life purpose.

What I, and the clients I work with, find most impactful in living a life of purpose, is seeing the purpose in everything we do – each and every day:

  • Why am I having today’s meeting with my staff?
  • Why are we producing and distributing this report each month?
  • Why am I in relationship with this person?

Once I’m clear on the purpose I’m about to undertake, I can clearly see and articulate the vision I have for the meeting, the usage of the report data, or the vision for the relationship.  And from there we can set goals/milestones that will come from the action we will take and to identify how those actions will occur.

Take some time this week and take yourself on a Purpose Quest!  If you don’t already have a copy of The Power of Personal Purpose, click here to download it.

And, if you find that your purpose calls you to empower others, to be a catalyst for change, to raise up leaders, to walk beside those who struggle through challenges, consider becoming a coach for others!  Our next training begins April 29-May 1 in Tempe, AZ!

With warmest gratitude, Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

 

The Gift of Neutrality

November 19, 2015

breakthroughIt is thrilling when my client has a big breakthrough that comes from having a new attitude and perspective on a situation – typically as a result of a challenging situation or relationship.  In the coaching process, one area of coaching that almost every client will explore is the value in being neutral and/or non-judgmental.  When I first offer clients the opportunity to examine their initial reaction they say, “How can I be neutral and non-judgmental in this?!”

In these situations, I ask my clients to consider what might be possible in those challenging situations and/or relationships:

  • What if you could view the situation/person through a Neutral Lens?
  • What different perspectives might you see?
  • What might you understand, rather than assume, of the person or situation?

To assist clients – actually anyone – in coming to a place of neutrality, I share the following principles that I use as a coach to avoid judgment and criticism of others:

  1. People always make the best choice available to them in the moment.
  2. Behind every behavior is a positive intention.

hindsightPeople will always make the best choices in situations based on what they see is possible at the time.  That wonderful “hind sight is 20/20” theory.  However, when we take the time to neutrally examine the situation and the assumption that we made and what we believed was possible at the time, we can often see that there were better choices.

The second principle will have people stop and examine the assumptions and judgement we make about another person’s behavior.  I doubt a child wakes up in the morning and decides to throw a huge temper tantrum at 3:30 that afternoon.  Yet, he/she comes home from kindergarten and within minutes is in a total meltdown.  After an exhausting effort to figure out his/her distress, the child’s parent realizes that the child is very hungry and simply wants a snack.  The child’s intention was to express this, yet was simply unable to either articulate it or gain the parent’s attention.

If we can pause in those challenging situations/relationships and apply these two principles to the people involved – including yourself – it can open a window of new and neutral perspectives for you.

The power of neutrality and inquiry are just some of the many skills we share with coaches in our Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coach Certification program.  If you would like to learn more about the skills of being a coach – here is a link to our latest recorded webinar hosted by Ginny Carter and Diana Cruz Navratil earlier this week.  Feel free to share the link with others who might be interested.

Warmest wishes, Barbara

 

 

It’s all about choices and commitment

October 15, 2015

“Growth – It’s not about time or circumstances; It’s all about choices and commitment”

Growth, more specifically “personal growth/development”, is a term that has been around for quite a while.  Wikipedia has a great definition for Personal Development:shaking hands

Activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.

Those who have either dipped their toe into the water of personal growth or have jumped into the deep end of the pool all know one constant about “personal growth” – it is a lifelong journey.

Many people who work with coaches are looking for personal and professional growth.  And as we all know, life has a way of sending us “growth” opportunities all the time.  A coach challenges circumstance/events in our life, whether it’s going beyond our comfort zone in taking on a new position or project or challenges in our relationships.

issuesWhile it may be a “circumstance” that presents our next growth opportunity, growth has nothing to do with the circumstance itself.  It is about our choice(s) in the midst of the circumstance and the choices we make as we move through a situation.

When coaching clients we help them to move from reacting to responding.  If we pause, take a breath, and then choose to respond, we empower ourselves to more clearly examine the event or circumstance we are facing.  Most importantly we take ownership on finding a solution rather than playing the “blame game”.  This is where the growth opportunity lies.

By looking neutrally and honestly at our role in the event and using the following Accountability Module we can learn from any situation to help improve all of our results.

STOP – Get yourself grounded and neutral.  Being neutral in the moment can be challenging; and it is yet another important choice you have the opportunity to make.

LOOK – Consider the following reflection questions:

  • What was your attitude prior to the event/circumstance occurring?
  • What were you assuming?
  • What were you unconscious of or not paying attention to?
  • What were you in denial of prior to the event/circumstance occurring?
  • What might you be avoiding (not saying or not doing)?

CHOOSE – What other choices were available?  Do I want to continue to create and re-create similar events/circumstances?  What else is possible with different choices?

DECLARE – Declare (write it down or tell someone else) what you are declaring to do differently next time and what you will do to resolve the current event?

ACTION – Take committed action!  Bring your declaration to fruition!

MOVE ON – AND CLAIM THE LEARNING!!

Having a coach to assist you in navigating through these lessons can be very helpful.  A coach is a partner who is outside the “picture frame” of how we see things.  By looking in as an objective observer, they can assist in opening even greater possibilities that we alone are unable to see.

The coach/client relationship is a powerful force and a highly effective resource to you in your personal or professional development.  Top leadership in many organizations today are realizing what is possible through coaching and how it benefits their organizations.  In a recent study conducted jointly by the International Coach Federation and the Human Capital Institute, 27% of surveyed companies are using internal coaches and 72% plan to increase their use of internal coaches in the future.

If you or your organization are considering developing this valuable leadership skill, please contact us to learn more about  Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coaching.  Our next session begins February 19-21 and space is limited to 12 participants.  So choose to take action now and contact me via email at [email protected] or 800-217-5660 ext. 101.  If you know someone you think would make a great coach, feel free to forward this email to them with your invitation to check it out!

Warmest wishes, Ginny

 

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