In the news: Coaching

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From Thrive Global, “5 Ways Having A Coach Can Change Your Life“, April 18, 2019.  The issue I’ve found with the word coach, is that everyone knows exactly what a coach does. The problem is that 95% of them are wrong! The word coach means different things to different people and the word is used both correctly and incorrectly, to describe different roles.

From Irish Examiner, “What I learned from having a life coach for three months“, October 30, 2018 Life coaching is different from therapy, in that it’s not about fixing mental health problems, but is focused instead on self-improvement when it comes to business, personal projects and (as the Instagram cliche goes) living your best life. So, does brainstorming your life with a professional actually work? I decided to try it for three months. Here’s what I learned…

From U.S. News & World Report, “Is a Life Coach Worth the Money“, June 14, 2018.  Learn when it pays to seek out professional advice and grow your bank balance.

From Marie Claire, 7 Things Your Life Coach Would Tell to Stop Doing (if You Actually Had One), May 11, 2018.  It’s time to stop screwing yourself over.

From The Business Journals, “3 ways coaching can support your workforce in defining moments“, August 31, 2017.  A defining professional or personal moment, such as a promotion to a leadership role, the birth of a child, or the formation of a new team or work group, is an opportunity for your employees to discover their unique strengths and unlock their full potential. One way to help them leverage this opportunity is by making coaching available at these times.

From Harvard Business Review, “When Coaching Finds That an Executive Isn’t in the Right Role“, July 31, 2017.  In the traditional view of executive coaching, an executive, with her boss’s participation, takes personality assessments, receives 360-degree feedback, and creates and implements a development plan designed to address performance gaps, optimize her contribution, and prepare her for new responsibilities. This approach is based on the fundamental belief that enhancing performance in a role as currently structured, is the best way ahead.

From StyleBlueprint, “Is it Time for a Life Coach?‘, July 23, 2017.  In the multi-tasking, fast-moving world of work, raising kids and forming a fulfilling life (whew!), sometimes it takes someone on the outside to see the stuff we’re missing that’s contributing to unhappiness or feeling overtaxed. It’s weeding through this “stuff” where Sarah helps set the stage for women who crave fulfilling lives and amazing relationships with their children, their partners and, most importantly, themselves.

From Danbury News Times, “Owning It: Executive Coach Judith Glaser charts a course for productive conversations“, July 23, 2017 “I found that working in a team and tapping into what my colleagues are thinking and actually having a dialog about it was better than being told to memorize something,” Glaser said. “It changed my whole chemistry.”

From Harvard Business Review, “Younger and Older Executives Need Different Things from Coaching“, July 6, 2017.  In our work coaching hundreds of executives, we have suspected a difference in how 30-something executives and those in their forties and fifties approach coaching. The 30-somethings have tended to be more difficult engagements, often requiring more directness, cajoling, and nurturing.

From Business Insider, “I went to a career coach so you don’t have to — and it was a rude awakening“, July 5, 2017.  Spoiler alert: I did need guidance, or at least more than I thought I did. Working with Fraser-Thill made me realize that for years, I’d been leaving my career development to chance.

From Entrepreneur, “4 Glaring Signs It’s Time to Fire Your Business Coach“, May 30, 2017 The right coach is invaluable. The wrong coach is a waste of time who charges you by the hour.

From Business Insider,Wellbeing coaching is as good for a business as it is for employees’ health — here’s why“, May 26, 2017“If you drain an employee, you beat that horse as hard as you want, it’s going to do the best it can with what it’s given,” Harvey told Business Insider. “But if you give that horse more up front and you invest more in the horse as well, it’s going to give you more in the race.”

From Forbes, “Life Coaching In The Digital Age“, May 16, 2017.  While so much has come out of the web, with both its pros and cons, today, for those that are willing to cut through the proverbial noise, life coaching offers a shortcut to achieving your dreams. It offers the clichéd “life hack,” or an alternative approach, to increased productivity and lessened attention to distractions.”

From The Business Journals, “How coaching can create a diverse and inclusive workplace“, May 12, 2017.  Building a culture of diversity and inclusion and building a strong coaching culture go hand in hand. Coaching is about partnering with clients to inspire them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaches empower their clients to become the expert of their own lives and experiences.

From Harvard Business Review, “How to Become a Coach or Consultant After You Retire“, May 12, 2017.  How can you differentiate yourself in a crowded field filled with your high-level peers (54% of coaches are age 50+)? Here are five things to keep in mind if you’d like to become a consultant or coach after you retire.

From Entrepreneur, “Master or Muppet? 3 Questions to Determine Whether a Coach is Reputable“, May 4, 2017.  Professional coaching has become so commercialized, it’s starting to resemble a puppy mill — and disabling businesses in the process.

From Inside Higher Ed, “How Coaching Can Help“, April 06, 2017 Few people in higher education use coaches, but such professionals offer neutrality, perspective, discretion and feedback that colleagues, friends and family often can’t provide.

From Forbes, “How To Select An Executive Coach“, March 25, 2017.  As an executive coach during my first meeting with potential clients, I have found that most leaders don’t quite know the right questions to ask me. When evaluating fit, many people make the mistake of choosing someone that they feel most comfortable with. While chemistry and ease of connection is absolutely necessary, it is not a sufficient factor in selecting a coach.

From HuffPost, “Why Hire a Life Coach“, January 26, 2017.  It doesn’t really matter what inflection I have tried, saying “I am a Life Coach.” sounds incredibly cheesy. Luckily I deeply love my work and coaching transforms lives. So I continue to use the corny job title because us coaches haven’t come up with anything even remotely better. “Lifestyle Engineer”? No, thank you. And why hire one? If you don’t already have a coach you may be wondering what the heck they are good for.

From Forbes, “3 Unexpected Benefits Of Getting Executive Coaching That’ll Make Worth It“, November 22, 2017 Everyone hits a plateau at some point, but you don’t have to remain alone at the top. The only thing worse than having a big vision that you can’t articulate, is being unaware of your areas of potential. Executive coaching can help you move ideas to results in just a few deliberate conversations and offers multiple fringe benefits—you just have to know where to look for them!

From the HuffPost, “Coaching Executives to Regulate Their Emotions: The Role of Mindfulness Strategies“, October 11, 2016 Executive coaching can help clients to enhance their emotion regulation capacity. Mindfulness approaches, which involve development of non-judgmental self-awareness of mental and physical experiences in the moment, can play a pivotal role in this work. People can only think clearly and positively when they are calm and emotionally grounded.

From Business Insider, “A technologist turned life coach explains why 20-somethings can’t make decisions“, September 14, 2016 These days, like Samantha and James, we face many tough decisions: Whether to have children, whether to move. Yet, many of us have no idea how to make decisions. Why would we? We are never taught decision-making in school. Decision-making is a skill, and like all skills, it must be taught and practiced.

From Quartz, “The No.1 thing CEOs want from executive coaching? Self-awareness“, May 1, 2016.  In a survey of coaches employed by Korn Ferry, an executive search and advisory firm, “self awareness” was the No. 1 topic the coaches worked on with CEOs. The second most popular? “Interpersonal relationships, listening skills and empathy.”

From Forbes, “How Does Executive Coaching Really Work?“, March 21, 2016 Executive coaches look at both long- and short-term effects of executives’ behaviors and how it can affect others. They encourage the highest actions by communicating whether potential changes are low or high in leverage.