If you are considering joining ICF Sacramento or hiring a coach from ICF Sacramento, you might be interested in what our member coaches have to say. If so, read on….
“Participating in the Laser Coaching (event) for Small Business Owners, organized by the ICF Sacramento was a great opportunity to showcase the value of coaching while building our reputation as a credible profession to a community that had minimal exposure to the field. As a coach it reminded me that getting to the Big Agenda could be done in a very short time. It does not take forever, often getting lost in the “story” to before we see and hear the wonder in a client’s face and voice when they have an aha moment that can put them on a positive path to achieve their dream. The feedback I received from the three individuals I coached was extremely positive and one contacted me for additional follow-up. I believe the more exposure to the public regarding the availability of professional coaching in their own community the greater the opportunity of all coaches to build their business.”
Coach SueAnn Freeman, PCC
“Coaching is one of the most rewarding professions and can also be one of the loneliest professions. That’s why I absolutely appreciate having ICF Sacramento as a resource to recharge and connect with other professional coaches. I participated in the ICW (International Coaches Week) laser coaching event and what impressed me most was 1) the quality infrastructure. (The venue, handouts, booklets, were all very professional), 2) the number of clients and the number of coaches who showed up, and 3) the opportunity.
The format of laser coaching forced me to hone in on the clients and their needs quickly and present powerful questions. Before the event, I was not completely certain I could deliver quality coaching in such a short period of time and yet, it was successful.
This event confirmed that my current skills are of value to an even broader audience. It was so validating to go through this experience. I now realize that even a short coaching session has immense value. One small shift can be very impactful.”
Coach Joe Hunnicutt, CTACC
“My participation in the Laser Coaching Event for Small Business Owners
was as a member on the Task Force (planning committee). I was pretty amazed at how the leadership cultivated contributing skill sets of individual committee members. I was equally impressed with the dedication, responsiveness and resourcefulness of these same members. We accomplished a great deal in a small amount of time to pull this off. There were last minute glitches and we stepped up even more! The event was a success and what we learned is already being applied for next year’s event.
I have recently returned to being involved with ICF Sacramento. It is a hub of networking and professional development. I am ever thankful for the foundation laid by the founding coaches way back when and I am happy to see the growth and strength of today’s organization. It is such a great resource for professional coaches, both seasoned and new. I strongly encourage professional coaches to come into this family and get involved. It’s all about the client and the coaching; the tremendous impact we have on the world, individually and collectively.”
Coach Kathy Ogburn, CPCC
“The laser coaching event [Laser Coaching for Small Business Owners organized by ICF Sacramento] dispelled the belief that there’s not enough time. Participants experienced transformation in 15 minutes, skillfully guided by professionally trained, certified and accredited coaches. Chalk up another win for professional coaching!”
Coach Larry Gapinski
“Magic happens when coaches play a bigger game. Our members’ voices were heard through blogging, coaching and collaborating with each other to pull off the Laser Coaching Event during International Coaching Week. Not only did coaches get an opportunity to gain more skills and confidence, they also had a positive impact on others- those business owners who experienced ah-hah moments at the coaching event and blog readers who were attracted to the valuable information provided by the coach bloggers, as evidenced by a 300% increase in our website traffic. A win- win for all.”
Coach Janice Knight, PCC and Incoming President of ICF Sacramento
“Many thanks for the opportunity to provide coaching services during the International Coaching Week Event Sac Coaches sponsored in Grass Valley this year. It was a great opportunity for me to meet other coaches and to get a sense of the coaching issues of importance to small business owners in the area. I had a wonderful experience coaching as well, with my client reporting an epiphany as a result of our brief session. Great boost of self-efficacy and a very worthwhile experience!” Coach Barrett McBride
“I enjoyed meeting other coaches and hearing about their coaching practices. I also enjoyed being part of an event that brought coaching out to the public. It felt good to be with a coaching “posse”. I thought there was a good turn-out and a professional agenda with a powerful opening & close. ICF Sacramento is well organized and professional. They provide an opportunity to network with other coaches, to learn from monthly presenters and to become leaders in our profession.”
Coach Lori Burkart Frank
“My involvement with ICF Sacramento has been a big plus for networking and my business development. I value the opportunities for leadership, learning about our coaching community and collaboration with other organizations to stretch my leadership muscles and step out of comfortable spaces to learn new skills. I’ve discovered some very talented, giving people who can create the momentum to differentiate our profession beyond the overused and generic “coach” word.”
Coach Penny Pearl, Program Development Chair of ICF Sacramento
“The Laser Coaching Event for Small Business Owners during International Coaching Week, 2013, was a valuable opportunity to practice coaching skills without preparation time, coaching client issues on the spot. It was clear during the debriefing of the clients that they got a helpful new perspective. It was a good reminder of the contribution we can make to others as coaches. The turnout of clients and volunteering professional coaches was impressive. Being a member of ICF Sacramento is worth the time. There are opportunities for networking, professional development, seeing what’s going on in the field, hearing about different coaching specialties and finding colleagues.”
Coach Carolyn Feuille
Isn’t it time you joined ICF Sacramento? Join now and contribute your ideas, suggestions for ICF Sacramento at the Annual Board Retreat on October 19, 2013.
Do you feel burdened with too many responsibilities and not enough time for yourself? If so, you’re not alone. According to an Aon Consulting survey, 88% of employees say they have a hard time juggling work and life. Many of us have bought into the fallacy that we can do it all and have it all. I have news for you. You can’t do it all! At least not without sacrifices. Therefore, you need to focus on the most important things. Achieving balance involves a three-step process. It’s simple in theory, but difficult in practice.
1. Determine what’s most important
First determine what’s most important to you. Take time to think about your priorities. What are the most important things in life? Make a list. Think of “things” in a broad sense. They could be tangible things such as a nice house, or intangible, such as a happy family or a challenging career.
Review your list of important things. Which are most critical? Draw an asterisk next to the five most important things. The next step involves the difficult task of prioritizing your top five in priority order (1 through 5). To aid in this process, ask yourself, “If my life depended upon it, which of these could I live without?”
3. Determine how to spend your time
Once you determine what’s most important, then determine how to spend your time based upon your priorities. Most people don’t keep their priorities in mind as they go about their activities each week. Look at your calendar or schedule for the past week. How did you spend your time? Look at your top five most important priorities. Are these two aligned? For most people the answer is “no”. If that’s the case, then you need to make some changes.
Where are your priorities and your time out of alignment? Where do you need to spend more time? Less time? Focus on the most important, and say “no” to the unimportant. Carve out time for your most important priorities. If you say your spouse is important, but you’re more like two ships passing through the night, then schedule a date night. Actually write it on the calendar. Then say “no” to less important activities. If you’re handling a lot of the minutia at work, then delegate it to your assistant. This allows you to focus on the important aspects of your job, rather than the details. If you’re letting other less important activities get in the way, then you are not honoring your priorities.
The key to achieving balance is to align how you spend your time with your priorities. If you follow this three-step process and implement it, you’ll experience greater peace, harmony and balance in your life.
By Kathleen Barton, Your Life Balance Coach. For more strategies and tips, read “Passport to Priorities: Your Road Map to Balanced Living” available at www.YourLifeBalanceCoach.com.
By Barrett McBride
The concept of flow, pioneered by psychologist Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, is a concept that many coaches use use to help clients engage with the things that are most meaningful to them. But what about coaches’ experience of flow?
My recent doctoral research (in press) on how coaches experience the flow state found a number of beneficial aspects of flow for coaches. Perhaps most important to the work of coaching was their sense that they are most effective when they are in flow. Also, most coaches interviewed experienced a “flow after-glow” which they described as a sense of greater self-efficacy, affirmation of their purpose and optimism about life in general. Another important finding was that clients need to bring something to the session in order for coaches to experience flow. That something for many coaches was a desire to learn, a sense of trust, and presence.
What does this mean for coaching practice development? Core coaching skill development is a win-win for coaches and clients. Clients may experience generative epiphanies while coaches experience greater self-efficacy, which in turn may lead to confidence in taking important risks that help clients achieve their dreams. Also, it affirms the importance for coaches of determining client readiness for change as many coaches interviewed found it difficult to experience flow when clients exhibited resistance.
To learn more about the nine key concepts of flow, I recommend reading one of Csikszentmihalyi’s books on the topic. A good place to start is Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.
Barrett McBride has successfully partnered with a wide variety of businesses and executives to achieve their business development goals. She consults, coaches, facilitates in the areas of cultural transformation & development, visioning and strategic planning, leadership development, marketing and public relations. Barrett holds a BA in Business, MS in Organizational Development and Professional Coach Certification (PCC) credential with the International Coach Federation. Learn more here: http://mcbrideassociates.net.
By Kathy Ogburn
Career Coaches hear a lot of angst from clients who are unhappy at work. Frequently job dissatisfaction motivates flight for the relief of pain, be it emotional, mental, spiritual, physical. In their pain they develop a chant to help them survive each miserable day at work. The chant sounds like “I ‘gotta-get-outa-here! I can’t take it anymore! My job sucks! I deserve better! I deserve more! I’ve had enough! I feel stifled! Help!”
When this client comes through your door, so does his emotional chant. Much of the chant has truth, some of it falls into the false belief category. Typically, this client is in a fog, confused, and maybe a little desperate. His initial solution is to run; find a different career/job. And there is fear of the unknown which can be debilitating. You are going to coach on staying or leaving? The sorting-out begins.
And first things first. You first focus on staying, separating out what is true and what’s not. You ask questions to sort out what’s working and what’s not. You appeal to your client’s reason, his logic and his heart. Even though the client is already thinking about leaving that miserable job, invite/nudge/insist that he turn back around and look at the demon; the source of pain. Together, you put a magnifying glass on the situation to see the information that is valuable. Valuable for developing a plan and a strategy.
Informal assessments along with consequent dialogue can start the sorting out process. Spotlighting both job functions and the work environment, have your client clearly state what he likes and what he does not like about his existing job. Have him clearly address the “deal breakers” of staying or leaving. That goes something like this: “For me to stay and stop the insanity, I must have from my existing employer x, x, and x”. “For me to leave and not shoot myself in the foot, I must have in place before leaving x, x, and x.” Surprise! Surprise! Simple, straightforward assessments such as these reveal potential for successfully staying AND having relief from the pain of job misery AND having way more of what is wanted in a job or career. Following the likely “ah-ha” experience, there is hope (which is huge for those feeling desperate, so I’m going to say HOPE) and the motivation to stay and realize ways to be happy. Actions toward staying successfully will typically involve the client making changes within himself and negotiating changes with the employer. A plan and a strategy develops.
I’m saying that this CAN happen. I’ve seen it happen with my clients many, many times. First focusing on staying is an effective way for clients to empower themselves and enhance their career lives without leaving their existing employment. Unhappy at work is not always about leaving.
PS – If this first focus actually moves the client to another reality, that is, clarity about leaving as the best option, then that is another blog topic. Stay tuned.
Kathy Ogburn has served as a Life Coach for 10 years and Career Coach for over 20 years. Kathy is a CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach) and certified Outplacement Consultant, DBM/LHH. Learn more here: http://transitionsandtransformation.com/
You own a small business. You possess great skill and knowledge in your field. You work long hours. Shouldn’t you be more successful? One thing I’ve learned after coaching small business owners for years is that a business owner’s knowledge, skills and experience don’t necessarily result in business success. Why is that?
What Makes a Business Owner Successful?
It’s not because you don’t work hard enough. Nearly all the small business owners I’ve worked with over the years were dedicated, hard workers. In an effort to understand which human attributes formulate a recipe for success, I began a quest for knowledge that lasted years. The elusive answer to this question led me to read hundreds of books, articles and research papers on the brain and business success. I’ll share with you what I learned in the process:
Mastering Your Attitude Changes Everything
What is “attitude”? Webster’s defines it as: “A predisposition or a tendency to respond positively or negatively towards a certain idea, object, person or situation. Attitude influences an individual’s actions and responses to challenges, incentives and rewards.” Unfortunately, for many of us, our attitude comes from years of experiences, many of them negative. Our brain is very efficient and once we learn or experience something new and practice it and/or repeat it to ourselves, it becomes automatic (subconscious) -creating this tendency to respond in a certain way.
What are those thoughts that pop up in your daily business challenges? Recognize any of these? “It’s tough to succeed in business with today’s economy.” “What’s the point of making more money, the government will take it anyway”. “Employees are can’t do it as well as I can.” “My business is different, I can’t earn money because…..”
Luckily, the brain also gives us the solution. Although 80-90% of our behaviors are habitual and are beyond our conscious awareness, we can consciously kick in gear the remaining 10-20% of our mind to influence our subconscious mind to master our attitude. This is because the subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between what’s real and what’s imagined. One research study showed that people who practiced playing the piano activated the same neuro-networks in the brain as did people who actually played the piano. The result: The imaginary piano players improved significantly over those who did not practice at all, and came close to those who had actually practiced. How cool is that? By imaging your business success, you expand your neuro-networks, leading the way to more and more possibilities, and a new success attitude.
How can you master your attitude for success?
1. Create a Winnable Game Attitude.
Are you playing a winning game? Business is a game that you, your vendors, employees, and your customer’s must win. Confidence comes from your inner belief that you and your business are uniquely qualified to give your customers what they want or need. If you are not crystal clear about who you are, what you have to offer and how you satisfy your customers challenges, wants or needs, take the time to gain that clarity. Once you gain that clarity, take a few moments each day to imagine delivering on that promise. Imagine this over and over in your mind until you are confident that you are playing a winning game. This is a winner’s mindset.
2. Own a ‘Take Charge” Attitude. You and only you are responsible for the success of your business. You are responsible for making it happen. It’s up to you to acquire the knowledge, skills, people and relationships to succeed in your business. Making excuses and blaming others will utilize valuable resources which you cannot afford to expend. Each and every time you encounter a challenge that would have stopped you in your tracks in the past, mentally rehearse yourself taking charge of the situation. Do this over and over again in your mind. Feel the freedom of knowing that you are in charge of your business, and only you.
3. Build a Business Attitude. Remind yourself daily that your business is your product. You must understand how to run a business efficiently and effectively, so that it operates with or without you. Your business is not your job, it’s more than that. Once you have a “business mindset”, you’ll find yourself thinking how you might automate; systematize processes and procedures to ensure that you are able to deliver consistent, quality services or products over and over again. You can consciously rehearse this business mindset by referring to yourself as a business owner often. Imagine how Warren Buffet might run your business! Take time out of each day to prime your brain so it automatically searches for ways you can be more efficient in your business.
4. Develop a Team Attitude. One of the biggest mistakes small business owners make is to try to do it all themselves. The game of business is about building relationships. Who can you partner with? Are you leveraging your particular skills or squandering them on tasks that deplete your energies and keep you stuck? Think TEAM. Mentally rehearse just the right people showing up to help you. This could be the perfect employee, an independent contractor, a customer who gives you great ideas for next product, or a vendor who promotes your business.
Is Your Attitude About Your Business Becoming a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?
You have the power to master your attitude. If you’d like to utilize the power of your mind to create a winning business owner attitude, you might find that hypnosis could be the key to unlocking the potential in your brain. Business coaching can help you get clarity, and make you accountable to yourself.
Janice Knight is a PCC certified Coached, certified Hypnotherapist (CHt.) and HR consultant (SPHR). Visit her websites at: www.hypnoticallyhappycoaching and/or www.wildwomenforubusiness.com to learn more.
There are many ways to describe the act of bringing an idea from visionary reality into full bloom in physical reality. One of my favorite images comes from a workshop that we created at the Academy for Coaching Excellence a few years ago: “From Inspiration to Outcome.”
I like that way of framing what we experience, when a purpose important to us takes on shape and texture as it begins to show up as a meaningful idea or vision. At the Academy we call such purposes “life’s intentions” – those broad strokes of undifferentiated energy that have great meaning for us. Then that energy begins to coalesce around the nucleus of an idea that will eventually become expressed as a goal in physical reality. And that is inspiring!
For example, let’s say you have a life’s intention to be well-traveled. You discover that there are volunteer opportunities at schools in Kathmandu and you have the skills needed, as well as a deep love for working with children. Given that life’s intention, who wouldn’t be inspired as a wonderful idea begins to form! It soon expresses itself in a full-blown SMART* goal: “I am volunteering in a Kathmandu school by October 1, 2013.”
And then the joy of gathering support and creating the small, sweet steps necessary to bring this goal into physical reality. Funds must be raised, travel arrangements made, calendar adjustments put in place. There will be obstacles and unexpected surprises along the way, you can count on it. You will experience taking those steps to be harder than you imagined they might be when the idea first came. Be of good cheer, this is a good thing! It’s a sign that you are up to something big! Simply generate even more small, sweet steps, get even more support, and shift the focus of your attention from the self-limiting, internal mind-chatter that inevitably occurs on such a life-journey, to the wondrous goal that you have created. How rewarding it is to step off the airplane in Kathmandu on October 1. What an outcome!
We have come onto the planet to play this marvelous “game of life,” and to play it full out. Bringing our goals and dreams from visionary reality to physical reality is truly a game worth playing. And what a joy it is to be inspired with goals worth playing for.
* Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Time-based
Wayne Manning is a graduate of the rigorous credentialing program of the Academy for Coaching Excellence in Sacramento, California. He is certified by the Academy as a coach, and currently serves the Academy as a faculty member, mentor coach, and course leader. He is also a member of the International Coach Federation and has earned the designation of Professional Certified Coach from that body. Visit:www.manningconsulting.com for more inspiration.
Emotional intelligence (referred to as EQ or EQI) is an often misunderstood and mis-used concept in both the business world and our culture. Emotional intelligence is the ability to relate to emotions in a healthy empowering way, your emotions and others.
Most of us do not understand our emotions and fall “victim” to thinking emotion is something to control and even be afraid of. This leads to un-healthy suppression or an overreaction to the very natural human experience of emotion. In this unhealthy state we judge our emotional climate as good or bad, right or wrong which leads to an even greater misunderstanding of emotion.
Emotional Intelligence falls into 4 categories:
- Your Internal World: self-regard, self-actualization, interdependence and emotional awareness
- Interpersonal Relationships: empathy, social responsibility, healthy connection to others, open communication
- Responsiveness: impulse control, stress management, ability to grasp reality, self-expression
- Emotional State: general mood, ability to shift from fear to power, ability to “allow” emotion with self and others
The leading indicator for how well adjusted, successful and satisfied you are in life always points to emotional intelligence. Imagine being able to easily respond versus react to any situation. Imagine being able to stay out of judgment when you are experiencing an emotion. Imagine having the ability to be with another and allow whatever emotional state they are in be it grief, anger or guilt. What would be possible if you didn’t react to anger or shame by shrinking away? What if you could operate from your vision, your commitment and your values instead of letting fear of emotion determine your actions in the world?
Who would you be with your children? What would be possible in your most important relationships? What courageous actions would you take in your life?
The good news is that unlike behavior style and intelligence level you can actively grow your emotional intelligence. There is no limit to your capacity to grow emotionally. Growing your emotional intelligence leads to a richer more enjoyable life, the ability to be satisfied and the ability to live in peace regardless of your circumstance.
Written by Alicia Marie, Founder and Managing Director of People Biz, Inc.
Alicia Marie has become a leader in the coaching and training industry and has designed hundreds of training programs for individuals, organizations and teams who are interested in growth and development. In addition Alicia has coached managers , top level executives and sales professionals on building a business truly worth having.
For more information visit http://www.peoplebizinc.com
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