So you need a coach! Here’s how to get started

Coaching is one of the top tools workplaces are leveraging to build high performing organizations, collaborative teams and successful leaders. Coaches can also be critical to the success of any change effort.

Key benefits of bringing coaching into your workplace:

  • Every organization’s success depends on the performance of its people. There is no substitute for human performance.
  • Coaching brings the best out of people by sharpening their acquired skills as individuals and enhancing collaboration in teams.
  • Coaching assists in the growth and development of leaders and the leaders of tomorrow and enhances productivity, improves job satisfaction and job longevity.
  • Coaching that focuses on the whole person, including focusing their attention, clearing up limitations and improving communications skills, can make the difference between project stagnation or success.
  • Coaching empowers the individual to decide on the best approach to solve their problems and how to effectively interact with their colleagues and business partners.

Fastest-to-results coaching techniques:

Coaching based on the study of neurolinguistics encompasses the most advanced techniques in the human transformation movement.

NLPgraphicThe guidance and tools focus on empowering people by helping them set achievable outcomes, master communications and behavioral flexibility, and plan for the future. For leadership development, the coaching is geared at modeling excellence. Leaders learn to model the behaviors that have brought success to others so that they, too, achieve their goals and improve their results. Read on to learn about specific outcomes of 1:1 coaching and group coaching.

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Focus on what you want

Focusing on what you want and interpreting the events around you in the most empowering manner are the first steps to mastering the world and circumstances around you. It’s the first step toward achieving what you want.

It’s also an important part of relating with others. We don’t wear buttons that others can push. Our buttons exist only in our minds, and we are the sole operator. Do you want others to control your confidence level, your mood and your results, or would you rather be in charge? It starts with having an “in charge” vs. victim mindset.

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Ask these questions whenever you feel yourself getting worked up by a situation or a person:

  1. What do I want to focus on? (make it something that you want vs. what you don’t want)
  2. What does it mean? (make it the most positive possible interpretation and don’t try to mind read others)
  3. Now, what do I want to do about it? (make your action step decision a thoughtful process so that you don’t react, you respond)

How to create your big “ah ha” moment

Here’s where my recent journey of self development started a few years ago. I filled out a “wheel of life” similar to this one, and whoa, it was a super-lopsided wheel!

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I was pretty satisfied in a few areas on my life, but I scored myself low on personal growth, career dreams, contribution (my positive impact on the world) and physical environment. If I’d tried to drive a car with off-balance wheels like that, I’d definitely run off the road!

That was an ah-ha moment. I finally knew what I needed to focus on! It’s the stuff we repress or blow off as unimportant (when it is important) that eventually catches up with us and makes us unhealthy in mind, spirit and body and unsuccessful in our attempts to improve our lives.

Within a few months of knowing what I needed to focus on my daughters and I were living in a better home that fit their growth and my needs for space. Next, I started studying again for the first time in 20 years and within a year I completed my first four coaching certifications. A year after that I was a Master Coach and in a new job where I feel like I’m having a greater long term contribution on people and our planet.

I’m still surprised at how fast positive changes happened in my and my family’s lives especially after not even knowing how stuck I’d been for so long. It started with simple clarity found in minutes with a tool like this and then a simple first action step.

Fill out a wheel of life for yourself, and something will pop up for you too! Ask me questions and comment to let me know how it goes.

Here’s to turning things around, starting with you!

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