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why coaching matters …

“The sort of coaching that fosters effective innovation and judgment, not merely the replication of technique, may not be so easy to cultivate. Yet modern society increasingly depends on ordinary people taking responsibility for doing extraordinary things: operating inside people’s bodies, teaching eighth graders algebraic concepts that Euclid would have struggled with, building a highway through a mountain, constructing a wireless computer network across a state, running a factory, reducing a city’s crime rate. In the absence of guidance, how many people can do such complex tasks at the level we require? With a diploma, a few will achieve sustained mastery; with a good coach, many could. We treat guidance for professionals as a luxury—you can guess what gets cut first when school-district budgets are slashed. But coaching may prove essential to the success of modern society.

There was a moment in sports when employing a coach was unimaginable—and then came a time when not doing so was unimaginable. We care about results in sports, and if we care half as much about results in schools and in hospitals we may reach the same conclusion. Local health systems may need to go the way of the Albemarle school district. We could create coaching programs not only for surgeons but for other doctors, too—internists aiming to sharpen their diagnostic skills, cardiologists aiming to improve their heart-attack outcomes, and all of us who have to figure out ways to use our resources more efficiently. In the past year, I’ve thought nothing of asking my hospital to spend some hundred thousand dollars to upgrade the surgical equipment I use, in the vague hope of giving me finer precision and reducing complications. Avoiding just one major complication saves, on average, fourteen thousand dollars in medical costs—not to mention harm to a human being. So it seems worth it. But the three or four hours I’ve spent with Osteen each month have almost certainly added more to my capabilities than any of this.”  by   Read more

The above paragraphs are from a much longer article in the “New Yorker” magazine in which a surgeon describes the benefits of having a coach.    Like athletes or anyone who desires to rise to a level of personal or professional performance that they have not obtained before coaching is the way to do it.  Coaching provides an objective, non-judgmental framework,  a new perspective and view of the world the client lives and works in.

Rarely do we ask, “How can I get better at _________?”   Many people just drift through life hoping that something will change their life for the better.  It is living life passively that holds people back from the success they desire.   When someone takes an active and participative role their life changes for the better more often than not.   When a person decides that they can’t make changes alone and they would do better with some assistance, it is then that they can make superb progress in all areas of their life.

We are living our lives at a new speed, a speed that has increased dramatically over the past 10-15 years.    In this faster world we live in using the methods of the past to cope with change just isn’t enough anymore.    The speed of technology and innovation is pushing people their limits and most people are relying on the habits of the past to cope and it just isn’t working any longer.

Coaching may be the most effective method of managing the speed of change and preparing yourself for a better future.   Why wait until it is an emergency to make the changes you know you want to make.   Get a coach today, start raising your level of performance now so that you can create the future you desire.

What do you think?  What does coaching offer and it is the way to gain a competitive edge for the future?

find greater satisfaction in work and life

“The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They’re full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too.”
Norman Vincent Peale

A new study just released shows that organizations have a tool to determine if employees are fully engaged in work and life.   The results of this study show that if organizations want to keep employees that they need to determine how restless the employees are.

If the research from Right Management somewhere near 84% of employees desire to find something different to do, a new  job, a new career.  Burnout it seems is high when there are financial stresses, increased demands, fewer people to do the work, and a less appreciative staff.   Everyone is feeling the pinch in an economy that is slow to recover.  

People who feel stuck in a job can carefully look at other opportunities and waiting for the right door to open.   Key players who feel they are putting in their all and getting little in return could bolt at the first opportunity.   The biggest factor in how an employee perceives their value is their manager or supervisor.  That relationship is critical and far too often that relationship isn’t what it should be.

Energy Leadership looks at energy as being either catabolic or anabolic.   Catabolic energy is defined as energy that negative in nature, it is the draining type of energy often found in people who are victims or are angry most of the time.   Shifting the energy towards an anabolic state would show an organization that employees are engaged and satisfied with their work.

Organizations can now through the use of the Energy Leadership Index determine how engaged their employees are.  They can find out just how engaged the management is as well.  It is far better to learn how well the organization is doing rather than waiting for a mass exodus and then asking the question, “Why did so many people leave?”.

What are your thoughts?   What are you looking for?

if i …

“Imagination rules the world.”    Napoleon Boneparte

What would you do if?

Many people wait and wonder what life would have been like if they chose a different course of action or if they hadn’t waited.   Often people wait because they don’t have all the conditions just right to make the leap into the future they really desire.

As it turns out there for most people there is no “exact” right moment.  Once there is courage and conviction to change an impulse of movement takes place that initiates a transformational change.   If it is worth it, the risk is worth it as well.   Many famous people have stepped out onto the platform of change and decided that living their dreams was worth the price.   For some people the price of realizing their dream is worth all that they have, their security, their finances, and their reputation.   To have tried is more important than worrying about “what if” it didn’t work.

Maybe you aren’t ready to make such a large leap.  You would however like to make changes in  your life, small ones perhaps, changes that will improve your outlook on life and drive you towards your desired outcomes.

Here is a workbook you can use to help start you on that path of personal growth and change. 

Download a free workbook  If_I_ …   What would you really do?

what is your personal development quotient?

“The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.” Andrew Carnegie

Are you serious about your own success?   The top leaders and the top performers are serious about their success and invest a large amount of their own income in developing and increasing their abilities.  The rule of thumb is to invest 10% of your income in personal development.  

What does it mean to be a top performer, an exponential leader or a master in your trade?  It means continuous improvement, a constant desire to improve.  

The daily exercise, the daily reading, and the daily habits don’t create instant success.   The success derived from daily success habits takes time before any results become evident and eventually some fruit appears, and then more, and the more.   

Top performers invest in conferences, coaches, self-study and other experiential learning events.   Top performers use the car radio for classes rather than entertainment.    Top performers stay away from the news and focus on what matters.   Top performers put their energy into education rather than entertainment.   The focus is on improvement.

What would you rather have?   Would you rather have $3 million dollars in a cash or would rather have a penny that doubles in value each day for 31 consecutive days?   Sure it would be great to have 3 million dollars in one day, who wouldn’t want that?   Now if you took the penny at the end of 16 days you’d have 65535 pennies in your account and perhaps you’d be thinking you should have taken the 3 million dollars.   At twenty days you only have $10,475 in your account, and you’d be thinking whoops, should have taken the 3 million.   Anyway you hang in there, and at 24 days you start to see some improvement as you are at about $168000, but still that isn’t 3 million dollars.   Four more days pass and you check your account, now it has grown to 2.68 million dollars, now we are talking some cash.   With just 3 more days to go, your hopes are rising that you made the right decision.    The last day arrives, your account now as a little over $10 million dollars, three times the amount that you would have received by taking the cash only.  

This is the power of continually improving your abilities.   Eventually there is a huge payoff.

What do you want to improve?

What kind of performer do you want to become?

courage wanted

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” Ambrose Redmoon

The list of those experiencing job layoffs is still growing.   Daily people are informed that they will no longer be needed.   Those people walk out in shock wondering why they were picked.   Those that were left behind wonder why they weren’t picked.    It is not easy to be either the survivor or the one that has to work the streets to find new employment.    Some people have the courage to reinvent themselves and set out to create a new life.   Either path it isn’t easy as it takes a great deal of courage to ford the streams of change. 

People review their life and wonder why; others will review their life and give it a try.   The courage to step out and try something new and risky is not for everyone.   The risk of failure, of losing it all to a dream, strongly dances in the mind.   Yet in spite of the risk those with an abiding passion will push forward through the worry and see it as opportunity, an opportunity that if not taken, will leave them with the question, “Why not?”.

Courage, courage to step forward and embrace the challenge with great strength and determination is reserved for those who are willing to take a risk and step far beyond their comfort zone.  For those that can and do there is the opportunity for great personal reward.  Courage do you have it?

cross the bridge

“Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.”
Audre Lorde

What fears to you need to approach with courage today?   What changes do you want to make in your life that will set you free from your fears and worries?

Respond to fear with courage.   Respond to fear with tenacity.   Respond to fear with your own passions.   Begin to live your life, not the life that has been bounded by fear, and live it fully.

From the inside out …

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Life in the fast lane, life in the slow lane and life in the ditch, where is yours?

Some people are thrilled the way their life is going and some aren’t.   Some people are struggling each day to fit any piece of the puzzle of life together and others look like they have the puzzle completed.

The real puzzle isn’t what is seen on the outside, it is what is happening on the inside.   This is where life takes place, in the heart and in the soul.   Some people appear to have everything anyone could imagine and it could be that those are the very people who are struggling the most.    The calm exterior, the smiling face, the strong laugh, the unending positive story could be real or it could be a façade to a life that is empty and without meaning.

Living on the inside to make life on the outside great is a difficult task to achieve.   Living fully from the inside out means that you believe in who you are and where you are going.    Start making choices that boost the self-esteem and as a result leave you in a position where you have choices rather than having choices being made for you by others.

What does your life look like from the inside out?