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Group Coaching – Agreements

Recently we’ve been talking about the six-step model of group coaching that has supported countless coaches over the years and helped them get their core message out in a bigger way. We began by reviewing the 6-step model and also established Step 1, the Connection. Next in the 6-step model we consider Step 2, Coaching Agreements. In this step, the group agrees to a set of guidelines that they will follow when interacting and communicating with each other. We call these the Standards of Presence, a clearly articulated and easy to understand set of guidelines, which provides a proven container of safety in any group. I want to acknowledge the Inspired Learning Foundation and Coach For Life for these wonderful group guidelines – [...]

What do GREAT Leaders Do That Average Leaders Don’t?

I read an article this past summer on leadership in Forbes, and the points make a great case for how we coaches are perfectly poised to help executives become great leaders. I’d like to share a few main points that were really relevant to coaching. The first thing great leaders do is they find purpose. Who better than a coach to help someone find their purpose? In fact, in addition to life purpose, there is a work purpose. In the Leverage for Leaders coach training, we call this the ‘core work contribution.’ When a leader knows what their core work contribution is, it makes it easy for them to lead with passion. Another thing that great leaders do is they develop awareness. [...]

By |2017-01-20T13:57:22-07:00December 18th, 2013|Business Development, Coaching|0 Comments

The Standards of Presence

The Approach: Co-creating a Safe EnvironmentAll groups that come together for the purpose of learning, creating, communicating, living or celebrating are served when the creation and maintenance of a safe space is established. A truly safe group environment provides the basis for powerful transformation, empowering exploration, inspired collaboration and vibrant living. The use of the Standards of Presence, a clearly articulated and easy to understand set of guidelines, provides a proven container of safety in any group. The Underlying Principle: Acceptance The primary underlying principle of the Standards of Presence is acceptance. Know that everyone is doing their best to learn, grow, respect, and follow these Standards. Self-acceptance is particularly beneficial to experience a safe, empowering environment to learn, create, [...]

By |2017-01-20T13:57:24-07:00December 11th, 2013|Group Coaching, Inspiration, Law of Attraction|0 Comments

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Silence for a Coach

As I reflect on the theme of silence, and its value in coaching, I’d like to make a distinction between what I call ‘sacred’ silence and the silence that is just an absence of outer noise.  In that absence of outer noise, sometimes there is a gremlin that becomes easier to hear.  The latter type of silence can be disempowering.  The good news is that there is a way to quiet the gremlins and get into sacred silence that refreshes you. When I first started to meditate, and just sit in the silence so many years ago, I noticed that my inner critical voice would take the opportunity to speak to me.  This actually made me want to move away [...]

Please Hear What I’m Not Saying

Don't be fooled by me. Don't be fooled by the face I wear for I wear a mask, a thousand masks, masks that I'm afraid to take off, and none of them is me.   Pretending is an art that's second nature with me, but don't be fooled, for God's sake don't be fooled. I give you the impression that I'm secure, that all is sunny and unruffled with me, within as well as without, that confidence is my name and coolness my game, that the water's calm and I'm in command and that I need no one, but don't believe me. My surface may seem smooth but my surface is my mask, ever-varying and ever-concealing. Beneath lies no complacence. [...]

By |2017-01-20T13:57:35-07:00October 30th, 2013|Inspiration, Spiritual Alignment|0 Comments

Group Coaching – Agreements

Recently we’ve been talking about the six-step model of group coaching that has supported countless coaches over the years and helped them get their core message out in a bigger way. We began by reviewing the 6-step model and also established Step 1, the Connection. Next in the 6-step model we consider Step 2, Coaching Agreements. In this step, the group agrees to a set of guidelines that they will follow when interacting and communicating with each other. We call these the Standards of Presence, a clearly articulated and easy to understand set of guidelines, which provides a proven container of safety in any group. I want to acknowledge the Inspired Learning Foundation and Coach For Life for these wonderful group guidelines – [...]