Blog 2017-12-06T17:20:12+00:00

Are You Jumping into the Soup with Your Clients?

We’ve all had clients who seem to need extra support. We may find them swimming in a bowl of soup full of challenges, concerns and questions. Most often, we sit on the edge of the bowl using our coaching skills to help them navigate as they swim. But sometimes we might lose our balance and fall into the soup with them. In fact, some clients may even hope that we end up in the soup – it can be lonely in there. But we know that we are most helpful to our clients when we remain on the edge where we can see from a larger vantage point and help our clients expand their awareness also. So what makes us fall in the soup? Sometimes we fall in because we [...]

By | August 29th, 2017|Categories: Coaching, ICF Credentials|1 Comment

When Renewing Your Credential becomes something to check off your list…

When Renewing Your Credential becomes something to check off your list, it may be time to go back to basics As credentialed coaches, every 3 years we experience the same challenge–how to get those CCEUs and/or Mentoring that we need to renew our ICF Credentials. Counting our hours as we go and hoping that we can cobble together what we need to continue working as a credentialed coach. It’s easy to fall into the trap of missing the forest for the trees when you are adding up 1.25 + 1.75 + 1.5 hours, and easy to get pulled into the minutiae of the process. But what’s it all about in the big picture? How can we utilize the renewal requirements to give our coaching ability a boost and get back [...]

By | July 11th, 2017|Categories: ICF Credentials|0 Comments

How’s it going with those 5 Energizers?

We’ve now passed the Solstice and are fully in the swing of Summer! So, we’re checking back in with you as a follow up to our Blog post from a few weeks ago, 5 Things to Re-Energize yourself as a Coach this Summer. And we’re wondering, have you begun taking steps to re-energize yourself? Questions are our go-to tool for coaches, so of course we want to ask you a few questions to support your journey during this season. Here’s a review of the Energizers, along with our questions, to give you a boost: 5 Energizers: Record yourself coaching and listen back to it. What is the value of hearing yourself coach? Is there anything standing in the way of you doing this? What strategy can you think of to [...]

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Coaching|0 Comments

5 Things to Re-Energize Yourself as a Coach This Summer

Summer offers an opportunity to refresh, renew and relax. It’s so important to take that time, personally and professionally, in order to stay fresh as a coach and also to maintain balance as a person. Sometimes, coaches can get a little worn out or burned out because of the following reasons: Isolation–We are working on our own – possibly from a home office. And so we are self-generating most of our output. Self-Care–At times, we may give more than we really have in our reserves and neglect self-care. Boundaries–Because of the flexibility that coaching offers, sometimes we don’t set good enough boundaries about our time and can find ourselves returning emails at 11pm on a regular basis. Let’s take the opportunity that summer provides to fill up our tanks and [...]

By | June 6th, 2017|Categories: Coaching|0 Comments

Listen and Learn ~ the power of observation in a mentor group

We all know how rich a learning experience can be when it’s interactive and you are able to participate fully. When you choose a mentor group, you will have the opportunity to coach, be coached and be mentored. The benefits of mentor coaching may be obvious, but in addition, here’s what we’ve discovered from many years of mentoring coaches. Much of the learning takes place during the observation process. This is the bonus and maybe the best-kept secret about group mentoring. The observing you will experience is powerful and gives you a fresh perspective about your own coaching. Why is this so? What is it about observation that helps you integrate what you are learning in a new way? Maybe because it’s not about you and so you can have [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: Mentor Coaching|1 Comment

You know you’re ready to re-connect with other coaches if….

1.  You miss the camaraderie that you felt with your peers when you were in coach training. 2.  You can’t remember the last time you tried out a new coaching tool. 3.  You would welcome an in-depth conversation about best practices in coaching. 4.  You love to learn by listening to other people coach. 5.  You feel enriched every time you have a conversation with your colleagues. 6.  You haven’t left your home office for 3 weeks and your headset is becoming your best friend. There is a real value in consistently connecting with your coaching colleagues.  As coach trainers we have often heard our program participants say how valuable it is to be in a conversation with other coaches and we know why this is true. When you have [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: Coaching|1 Comment

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