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20170123 Coaching Connections

Courses & Events

New York, NY USA
September 24, 2016
Facilitators: Richard Michaels, Madhu Maron

Community Coaching Certification
October 18, 2016
Oakland, CA; Battle Creek, MI; or New York, NY

Distance Learning
January 16, 2017

Facilitators: Belma Gonzalez, Dewey Schott

Warsaw, Poland
January 26, 2017
Facilitator: Pernille Plantener

Mumbai, India
March 17, 2017

Facilitators: Vikram Bhatt, Sonali Kelkar

Parts Work: Deepen Your Confidence Embracing the Shadow
September 29, 2016
11 am-12:30 pm (ET)
Facilitator: Guthrie Sayen
Teleclasses

Embracing the Shadow: transform your lost, ignored, or exiled parts into allies – 6 weeks
January 24, 2017
Facilitator: Pernille Plantener Martha Lasley
Teleclasses

Advanced Mentoring
February 7, 2017
9-10:30 am (ET)
Facilitator: Guthrie Sayen
Teleclasses

FREE! Explore Community Coaching
September 15, 2016

12-1:30 pm (ET)
Teleclass

FREE! The Power of Coaching
September 19, 2016

1-2:30 pm (ET)
Teleclass

Coaching Essentials
September 24-25, 2016

9:30 am – 6 pm (HKT)
Hong Kong

Free! Explore Community Coaching – 90-minute free webinar
September 28, 2016

9 am – 10:30 am (ET)
Teleclass

FREE! The Power of Coaching
October 12, 2016

7-8:30 pm (ET)
Teleclass

Coaching Essentials
October 15-16, 2016

9 am – 5 pm (PT)
Oakland, CA

Coaching Skills for Transformation – 1 day
October 15, 2016

9:30 am – 6 pm (ET)
New York, NY

Transform Your Relationships Using Nonviolent Communication
November 6-11, 2016

Stockbridge, MA

Coaching Essentials
November 19-20, 2016

9:30 am – 6 pm (HKT)
Hong Kong

Coaching Essentials
Jan 16-Feb 9, 2017

2-3:30 pm OR 8-9:30 pm (ET)
Teleclass

Coaching Essentials
January 21-22, 2017
9 am – 5 pm (ET)
Marriottsville, MD

Coaching Essentials
January 27-28, 2017
9 am – 5 pm (PT)
Los Angeles, CA

From the CEO

Post-Graduation Resources

by Charlotte Morse

Certification is a milestone to be celebrated—a notable accomplishment, the end of a program, a goal reached. But certification is just the beginning of your learning as a coach.

Learn about the many resources available to you as a Certified Professional Coach or Certified Community Coach: free teleclasses, peer coaching, marketing support and more.


Coaching in Communities 
A Glue Called Trust: Practices for Cultivating and Maintaining Trust
by Davida Ginter

I used to think that trust is a quality that someone owns, and you either have it or you don’t. I perceived trust as a component of personality: when you develop your social character over the years, you eventually stay with an image of a person who can be trusted, or not. I argued that it’s a big deal to gain, and it can be ruined at once. Well, I was wrong.

After looking deeper into the subject and following my own experiences, I discovered that the process of developing trust is working differently: The rigorous research shows, that trust is something built in small steps: separate actions that sum up to comprise the trustworthiness of a person, a group of people, and even organizations. Therefore the right attention and right choices can quite easily build trust, as much as destroy it – the key is that it’s an ongoing process, affected by daily decisions and focused actions.


Library for Transformation – Browse & Grow….

Our Library for Transformation is a free community resource that connects you with practical, substantive articles, videos and podcasts on hundreds of topics. The Library is a growing collection of educational, edgy and relevant resources, organized in 9 core categories.

Check out this month’s library picks:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? …. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

This is taken from the  article, “How Are You Using Your Power?” By Paulette Rao where she explores this quote from Marianne Williamson’s “Our Deepest Fear.” What a great article to challenge yourself to think about consciousness and self-limiting behavior!

Change Within Ourselves – Growth Through Self-Education is a reminder how the principles of Nonviolent Communication can be used to promote positive change and reminds us how we can be better prepared to see what is alive within ourselves and others.


Become a powerful facilitator!

There is still time… Join us for Facilitation that Works in New York on 27th-29th of January and ask your employer to sponsor you. Register here.

Leadership that Work’s is offering this program for people who hold meetings lead trainings or coach teams. If you want to become more collaborative in your facilitation style and work in a culturally diverse environment, this program is for you.

Not only will you get three days of in-person training, but you’ll get to be part of 6 teleclasses that help you deepen your facilitation skills.

Facilitation that Works is different from most training programs, because you’ll learn how to shed some widely held myths about facilitation that don’t hold up under scrutiny:

  • Better decisions are based on facts rather than feelings—if you avoid talking about feelings, the real meeting happens out in the hallway afterward. Feelings are the portal to what really matters to the group, even when expressed by only one person.
  • When things get too intense, take a break—when people express intense emotions, they’re giving you a gift, letting you know that they’re touching on something very important. Taking a break diffuses the tension, but you miss the opportunity to discover what’s really going on.
  • The facilitator should stay calm and neutral, even if personally attacked—if a participant yells in your face and you pretend to be calm and neutral, you’ll be perceived as inauthentic or closed off from your emotions. Instead, match their intensity, not by judging them or negating what was said, but by empathizing fully with their passion and sharing your own response.
  • Difficult people can sabotage the meeting and they need to be stopped—seeing some people as “difficult” creates a sense of separation when they merely want to be heard.
  • Facilitators don’t get emotionally involved— if you shut down your emotions, the rest of the group will also retreat, and you’ll miss rich opportunities for connection and transformation.
  • Facilitators shouldn’t take sides – Instead of taking sides with one person, you can be on the side of each person, by fully understanding their experience, their feelings and their passion.

This program is led by Martha Lasley and Kanya Likanasudh. To learn more about this powerful program see the details here!.



At Leadership that Works, we believe in the power of wholeness. It’s why Wholeness is one of our core principles.  People are whole, and simultaneously moving toward a fuller experience of their wholeness.  The pathology worldview focuses on what’s wrong or needs improvement, creating comparisons and images of brokenness.

Seeing people as whole shifts the paradigm to one of reverence and respect, setting the foundating for a powerful, resourceful partnership. Consider the power of being in a relationship from a place of wholeness, honoring all that is present, while holding the space for all that is yet to be born. 

“We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.” —Dale Carnegie

“Nothing is impossible – the word itself says I’m possible” —widely attributed to Hepburn

“Oh man! There is no planet, sun or star could hold you if you but knew what you are.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson


Everyday Transcendence

By Jagruti Gala

1244I would like to share a story of this natural life-impulse for transcendence from an after-school community learning centre that I have founded and run in Vadodara, India.

One of the faculty works extensively with the urban poor. She had a new group in her charge, children of rag-picker families who do not have well-built homes to live in. They live in ramshackle huts under trees amidst the refuse of the city all around them.

During conversation she asked them, “What will make you happy? What will you love?” They said they would love to learn. She found herself promising them she would return the next day with learning materials.

That entire night she could not sleep, feeling overwhelmed with responsibility and challenged by the inhuman and very dirty environment. She could not trust herself to work in those conditions. After a night of value conflict, she arose with a resolve to be in integrity with her promise. She gathered crayons, paper and books, and proceeded.

As she got closer, she saw the children sitting atop a heap of garbage, looking out for her. Spotting her, they slid down in excitement and ran to greet her. Brimming with anticipation they took her hands and dragged her to the rear of a little hut. They shone as they showed off an area that they had completely cleared, made spick-and-span, and lined with a low wall of broken roof shingles retrieved from their foraging and piled one atop another. They had created a learning space!

1245She was moved to tears with only one thought in her head, “What if I had chosen to not come?”

The children’s faith in their own potential, their sense of dignity and their willingness to trust and connect was overpoweringly moving and humbling. These are children who have less than nothing and a bleak future, and yet they acted from the most fundamental, natural instinct of the human spirit. Their capacity for joy and attunement to their dream remains an ever inspiring and exemplary story of transcendence and heroism for me. It is the direction I turn towards.

I end with a salutation for every unsung hero who has won the battle of the moment.

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The above story is an excerpt from “Everyday Transcendence” by Jagruti Gala, recently published in the AI Practitioner journal.

About the Author:

624Jagruti Gala, PCC is an agent of transformation and is thrilled to push the edges of consciousness in herself and others to create a world of greater fulfillment, compassion and joy. Jagruti has over 10 years experience in training and facilitation with non-profit, educational institutions and corporates. Read her full bio here.

20161110 Coaching Connections

Courses & Events

Save $1,400! Early bird expires November 16, 2016 for Distance Learning.

Distance Learning
January 16, 2017
Facilitators: Belma Gonzalez and Dewey Schott

Warsaw, Poland
January 26, 2017
Facilitator: Pernille Plantener

New York, NY
March 4, 2017 

Facilitators: Steven Filante and Sharon Brown

Mumbai, India
March 17, 2017

Facilitators: Vikram Bhatt and Sonali Kelkar

Oakland, CA
June 2017
Facilitators: Kim Fowler, Ernest Mark and Rebecca Aced-Molina

Rhinebeck, NY
June 18, 2017
Facilitators: Richard Michaels and Mary Kuentz

Los Angeles, CA
September 8, 2017 

Facilitator: Damon Azali-Rojas

Embracing the Shadow: Transform Your Lost, Ignored, or Exiled Parts into Allies
January 24, 2017
Facilitators: Pernille Plantener and Martha Lasley
Teleclasses

Advanced Mentoring
February 7, 2017
9-10:30 am (ET)
Facilitator: Guthrie Sayen
Teleclasses

Lead Dynamic Teleclasses
February 9, 2016
11 am-12:30 pm (ET)
Teleclasses

Facilitation that Works Intro
November 14, 2016

7:30-9 pm (ET)
Free Teleclass

FREE! The Power of Coaching
November 16, 2016

7-8:30 pm (ET)
Free Teleclass

Coaching Essentials 
November 19-20, 2016

9:30 am – 6 pm (HKT)
Hong Kong

FREE! The Power of Coaching
November 30, 2016

1-2:30 pm (ET)
Free Teleclass

Facilitation that Works
December 9-11, 2016

9 am – 5 pm (IST)
Mumbai, India

FREE! The Power of Coaching
December 14, 2016

7-8:30 pm (ET)
Free Teleclass

Facilitation that Works Intro
December 29, 2016

8-9:30 pm (ET)
Free Teleclass

FREE! Coaching for Transformation Intro Session
January 13, 2017

7-9 pm (ET)
New York Open Center

Coaching Essentials
January 14-15, 2017
9 am – 5 pm
Vienna, Austria

Coaching Essentials 
January 16, 2017
2-3:30 pm OR 8-9:30 pm (ET)
Teleclasses

Facilitation that Works
January 27-29, 2017
9 am – 5 pm (ET)
New York, NY

 Coaching Essentials
January 27-28, 2017
9 am – 5 pm (PT)
Los Angeles, CA

Nonviolent Communication to Transform your Inner Critic
February 10-12, 2017
7 pm Friday to 11:30 am Sunday
Stockbridge, MA

 

 

In October, Leadership that Works’ faculty and staff gathered at a retreat center in Valley Falls, Kansas, USA. The 4-day gathering included group learning around power, privilege, rank and culture and how these dynamics inform us individually and collectively as trainers, coaches and facilitators. These pictures catch a glimpse of the fun and camaraderie our team enjoyed in beautiful, rural Kansas.


Coaching in Communities

Everyday Transcendence
by Jagruti Gala (Excerpt from article published in AI Practitioner)

I would like to share a story of this natural life-impulse for transcendence from an after-school community learning centre that I have founded and run in Vadodara, India. One of the faculty works extensively with the urban poor. She had a new group in her charge, children of rag-picker families who do not have well-built homes to live in. They live in ramshackle huts under trees amidst the refuse of the city all around them. During conversation she asked them, “What will make you happy? What will you love?” They said they would love to learn. She found herself promising them she would return the next day with learning materials.

That entire night she could not sleep, feeling overwhelmed with responsibility and challenged by the inhuman and very dirty environment.


Library for Transformation – Browse & Grow….

Our Library for Transformation is a free community resource that connects you with practical, substantive articles, videos and podcasts on hundreds of topics. The Library is a growing collection of educational, edgy and relevant resources, organized in 9 core categories.

Check out this month’s library picks by Vikram Bhatt:

“If transcendence is about the essential, about surpassing usual limits, about moving beyond the material issues – then I see each such moment as one of transcendence and an irreversible, indelible contribution to the transformational journey of the individual, in the direction of their choice. As these moments connect they begin to shape the “becoming”.

This quote is taken from the article, Everyday Transcendence by my colleague and friend Jagruti Gala. Her article demystifies transcendence and proposes that it can be more a part of our everyday lives than we imagine, and further, that an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) outlook enables that possibility. The above story of the children from Vadodara, India is a powerful example from this article.

Another article I found very interesting is Driving Change with Internal Coaching Programs, an overview of a new way of utilizing coaching to drive wide scale organizational change. It illustrates how training leaders to be internal coaches is a more scalable, sustainable and robust approach to driving change and improving performance than hiring external coaches

Finally, I encourage everyone to watch the TED talk video Designing for Generosity. Nipun Mehta explores the power of generosity and concepts of giftism and self-interest and their impact on our world.


3 New Programs to Grow Your Capabilities

We are excited to share our new course offerings!

If you convene meetings, the 3-day Facilitation that Works program will provide powerful facilitation tools and skill building opportunities. You’ll gain new tools to understand power dynamics, generate creative ideas, solve tough problems, and make decisions collaboratively.

If you are interested in deepening connections with your target audience, Lead Dynamic Teleclasses is a graduate level 6-class series presented by senior faculty where you will focus on technique, reflection and practice to develop communication skills that forge deeper connections. The class focuses on skills related to teleclasses but has broad application.

To grow your coaching skillset, check out Embracing the Shadow: Transform your lost, ignored, or exiled parts into allies. This six-week course with Martha Lasley and Pernille Plantener offers an opportunity to build on NVC principles, explore new avenues for unleashing the power of empathy, and create opportunities for inner alignment. On top of this, you’ll learn how to connect with your wounded parts and create happier endings to your hard-to-heal experiences.


At Leadership that Works, we believe people have the freedom to choose how they respond. It’s why Freedom is one of our core principles. When we remember that people have the freedom to choose how they respond to circumstances, we free ourselves from judgement and taking responsibility for them. We honor their choices and create a space where powerful, respectful connection and cultural humility exist between us.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” —Viktor E. Frankl

 
“The more I can make a person comfortable in their environment by taking my ego’s hat off and leaving it at the door, then they can dive deep within themselves and we can pull out something interesting that people have never heard before. It’s the stuff that’s – that no one’s ever heard before is really interesting.” Pharrell Williams
 
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela
 

20160823 Coaching Connections

Courses & Events

New York, NY USA
September 24, 2016
Facilitators: Richard Michaels, Madhu Maron

Community Coaching Certification
October 18, 2016
Oakland, CA; Battle Creek, MI; or New York, NY

Distance Learning
January 16, 2017
 
Facilitators: Belma Gonzalez, Dewey Schott

Warsaw, Poland
January 26, 2017
Facilitator: Pernille Plantener

Mumbai, India
March 17, 2017

Facilitators: Vikram Bhatt,   Sonali Kelkar

Parts Work: Deepen Your Confidence Embracing the Shadow
September 29, 2016
11 am-12:30 pm (ET)
Facilitator: Guthrie Sayen
Teleclasses

Embracing the Shadow: transform your lost, ignored, or exiled parts into allies – 6 weeks  
January 24, 2017
Facilitator: Pernille Plantener Martha Lasley
Teleclasses

Advanced Mentoring
February 7, 2017
9-10:30 am (ET)
Facilitator: Guthrie Sayen
Teleclasses

FREE! Explore Community Coaching
September 15, 2016

12-1:30 pm (ET)
Teleclass

FREE! The Power of Coaching
September 19, 2016

1-2:30 pm (ET)
Teleclass

Coaching Essentials
September 24-25, 2016

9:30 am – 6 pm (HKT)
Hong Kong

 Free! Explore Community Coaching – 90-minute free webinar
September 28, 2016

9 am – 10:30 am (ET)
Teleclass

FREE! The Power of Coaching
October 12, 2016

7-8:30 pm (ET)
Teleclass

Coaching Essentials
October 15-16, 2016

9 am – 5 pm (PT)
Oakland, CA

Coaching Skills for Transformation – 1 day 
October 15, 2016

9:30 am – 6 pm (ET)
New York, NY

Transform Your Relationships Using Nonviolent Communication
November 6-11, 2016

Stockbridge, MA

Coaching Essentials
November 19-20, 2016

9:30 am – 6 pm (HKT)
Hong Kong

Coaching Essentials
Jan 16-Feb 9, 2017

2-3:30 pm OR 8-9:30 pm (ET)
Teleclass

Coaching Essentials
January 21-22, 2017
9 am – 5 pm (ET)
Marriottsville, MD

Coaching Essentials 
January 27-28, 2017
9 am – 5 pm (PT)
Los Angeles, CA

From the CEO

Post-Graduation Resources

by Charlotte Morse

Certification is a milestone to be celebrated—a notable accomplishment, the end of a program, a goal reached. But certification is just the beginning of your learning as a coach.

Learn about the many resources available to you as a Certified Professional Coach or Certified Community Coach: free teleclasses, peer coaching, marketing support and more.


Coaching in Communities

Transforming Health through Coaching: Insights and Advice from a Health Coach

by Karen Florence

Establishing and growing a successful coaching practice is like any other endeavor in life. It is a journey, a process, and a roller coaster. It requires effort, patience, urgency, and intestinal fortitude. It also requires keeping your finger on the pulse of what is happening in the world. Always looking for opportunities, “natural openings” as a coach would say, where our skills as coaches could be inserted into the challenges of the day to bring clarity and resolution.


Library for Transformation – Browse & Grow….

Our Library for Transformation is a free community resource that connects you with practical, substantive articles, videos and podcasts on hundreds of topics. The Library is a growing collection of educational, edgy and relevant resources, organized in 9 core categories.

Check out this month’s library picks:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? …. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

This is taken from the article, “How Are You Using Your Power?” By Paulette Rao where she explores this quote from Marianne Williamson’s “Our Deepest Fear.” What a great article to challenge yourself to think about consciousness and self-limiting behavior!

Change Within Ourselves – Growth Through Self-Education is a reminder how the principles of Nonviolent Communication can be used to promote positive change and reminds us how we can be better prepared to see what is alive within ourselves and others.


 

Become a Certified Community Coach

If you want to be a catalyst for healing and regeneration in your community, the Community Coach Certification program will give you skills to enhance your leadership and put change in motion. The first of its kind, the 9-month program has a unique focus of applying coaching skills in organizational or community systems

Not only will you draw from the unique experiences of a diverse training team—you’ll also benefit from learning with peers who share your compassion for grass roots transformation in communities.

The training starts with two in-person training days in Oakland, CA (October 18-19); Battle Creek, MI (October 27-28); or New York, NY (November 3-4). From there, you will join other participants from multiple locations to continue learning via weekly teleclasses. The program concludes with a final in-person training day. The course is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Approved Coach Specific Training Hour (ACSTH) program.

Learn more at a free 90-minute Explore Community Coaching webinar.


Help Put the Power of Coaching to Work in the World!

Our Crowdfunding Resource Page helps folks raise funds to ignite change! Check out some of their visions and support the folks who are changing the world through coaching!

 

Geordee Mae Corpuz recently launched her Help me Become a Coach campaign on gofundme.

 

Ernesto Roche is an organizer who is inspired to become a coach.

 

Kea Duggan works with at-risk-youth and is inspired to become a coach

 

Omar Raul Cardenas is a youth organizer whose work is transforming lives.

 

Kanya Likanasudh teaches coaching in prisons in Thailand and is asking for contributions for the next round of programs.

 

Esther Parks works with neighborhood market owners to help provide healthy food options and strengthen communities.

 


At Leadership that Works, we believe in the power of possibility. It’s why Possibility is one of our core principles. The beauty and mystery of the transformative process is that neither the coach nor the client can imagine all that’s possible. As coaches, when we remain open and curious, we have greater access to our right brain, our intuition and extrodinary solutions. Far more is possible than any of us realize.

“We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.” —Dale Carnegie

“Nothing is impossible – the word itself says I’m possible” —widely attributed to Hepburn

“Oh man! There is no planet, sun or star could hold you if you but knew what you are.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Transforming Health through Coaching: Insights and Advice from a Health Coach

By Karen Florence

1201Establishing and growing a successful coaching practice is like any other endeavor in life. It is a journey, a process, and a roller coaster. It requires effort, patience, urgency, and intestinal fortitude. It also requires keeping your finger on the pulse of what is happening in the world. Always looking for opportunities, “natural openings” as a coach would say, where our skills as coaches could be inserted into the challenges of the day to bring clarity and resolution.

One of these “natural openings” is health coaching. There is a huge amount of opportunity for coaches in the health sector. I received my accreditation as a Certified Professional Recovery to Wellness Coach (CPRWC). Through this niche, I have expanded my coaching skills to work with people who have chronic lifestyle challenges that they must change. I use the word “must” because most of my clients have chronic diseases.

So what do I mean by chronic disease and what is it that I do for my clients?

I invite you to take a look around you. The percentages of people with chronic disease is staggering. Obesity, high blood pressure, pre- diabetes, type II diabetes, and heart disease are everywhere. It is a global epidemic. Add to that addictions of every kind. As coaches, we have skills to support people in adopting a better lifestyle filled with better choices.

So what is the difference between transformational coaching and health and wellness coaching?

Only one thing…To put it simply, a client with chronic illness is literally standing on the edge of the cliff. If they don’t do something to change what they are doing it may cost them their lives.

As my own physician tells me, “I tell them what they need to do, but they just can’t do it”. No kidding… They can try. They can force themselves to do anything for a short time. Then the old habits and default behaviors creep back in. What needs to happen is real change. Internal change. No one makes any progress until they deal with their issues. The need to go deeper cannot be ignored. That is where the change is made. Doctors and insurance companies do not have the resources or the skills to do this work. Coaches do.

What can we do to help clients make this change?

I am going to use my own practice as an example. I work 1 on 1 with clients and also in e-workshops that include 1 on 1 coaching, focusing on lifestyle and weight loss. The emphasis is on lifestyle. When habits change the weight falls off. The big question is how do we change those habits?

I use the technical and the adaptive approach. Technical change is something we can learn from a book or someone can teach us. We learn how to drive a car “technically.” Learning how to drive defensively, always being aware of what is going on around us is adaptive. That requires growth and learning. Going from not knowing how to drive to knowing what to do when you are in a dangerous situation while driving your car is a transformational journey. Once learned, it becomes the default behavior. That is what we do in health coaching. We adaptively reset new default behavior.

Goal setting, structure, and accountability are important components of the coaching process. Non-judgment and understanding is key to successful outcomes. The coach creates an environment of trust so that the client is at ease to express his or her needs comfortably. This is intimate work. To change behavior one must understand the driver of the behavior. This is accomplished by looking at all aspects of life. Often lifelong habits must shift. Adjusting belief systems to allow change to occur are part of the process of long-term sustainable change.

I find it so interesting that for my clients it is not what food they put in their mouths that make them gain weight. It is the drivers that make them put the food there that cause the weight gain, making it nearly impossible for them to lose the weight sustainably. Once they see what they are doing and the motivation behind those behaviors they are more able to make a shift that leads to their goal.

It is important to say what coaches do not do.

They do not give advice, diagnose, prescribe treatment, or make decisions for clients. The client’s doctor provides diagnosis and treatment. The coach works with the client to achieve the health goals the doctor has suggested. Often clients seek out a health coach on their own without a diagnosis, wanting to make changes in eating habits, weight loss, and other lifestyle changes. This is fine. Coaches do not diagnose these clients or suggest a course of treatment. Rather, they assist the client in exploring options and making choices that fit for the client. It is the client that makes the decision. The coach assists the client to move into action in a supportive manner.

There are new skills to be learned when you make the leap into health and wellness coaching. One of them is to understand that when it comes to behavioral change, especially around lifestyle, our life behaviors are deeply rooted in us from family and culture. Most of these behaviors developed in childhood. We are not aware of them.

The hidden client method.

1202I teach the method of finding the “hidden client.” This is that part of your client that exists only to keep the unwanted behavior going. You have the part of your client who says he wants to lose the weight while the hidden part of him is eating chocolate cake. We have all experienced this.

It’s evening time. The cake is in the fridge… The part of you that wants to eat the cake starts to justify and reason with the part of you that wants to resist. It finds a way to convince you that having the cake is okay. That part has lots of good reasons. That part is taking control. Soon you are looking at the cake. Next you are eating the cake. It is so good. You are savoring every bite. But as soon as the cake is finished, the guilt and shame sets in. The part of you that wants to lose the weight takes control again and it’s not pretty.

The part that exists only to maintain the behavior is an expert at turning your attention from what you want to do. It is a master of excuses and justifications. The day the client can recognize for himself/herself their hidden part is a beautiful day.

There are always conflicting agendas present when we want to change. To quote Robert Kegan, the Harvard professor who developed the methodology I use for behavioral change with clients called Immunity To Change, “It is as though the client has one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake. They are stuck. Helping them get unstuck is the challenge”. It takes skill, education and experience. Who better to do that work than certified coaches?

Where do you find clients?

With more that 50% of the world population desiring to make health and lifestyle change, your clients are everywhere you go.

The numbers around profit loss for companies because of the poor health of their employees is in the billions. Healthcare costs, sick time and low productivity are just a few of the reasons companies are beginning to recognize a need for programs to bring employees out of the danger zone of poor health and back to wellness. It actually pays them to do so.

Doctors are being crunched by insurance companies and are looking for avenues to provide what is called Root Cause Resolution. They no longer want sick care. They want to provide wellness care. Coaches are working side by side with the medical community to provide a new kind of health care model. And it is working!

Even within your own practice, I am willing to bet there are health issues present in the family. If not your client, then your client’s spouse, child or other family member. Literally, clients are everywhere. With a little bit of education and business building, you can have a thriving health coaching practice.

I invite you to step into the arena of health coaching. It is not about the condition. It is about the person. The person is always at the center of coaching. Coaches know this. And that makes coaches uniquely qualified to do this work in the world.

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About the Author:

P1220460Karen Florence, CPC, CPRWC, is the founder of Tabula Rasa Coaching, an international coaching firm working with individuals, organizations, and governments in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Karen’s specialty is change. Using brain based coaching she works with her clients to create sustainable change thru 1 on 1 coaching , workshops and seminars . Karen is a graduate of Coaching for Transformation.

As the creator of Transvolution, a coaching program that creates sustainable change used for weight loss and lifestyle change, organizational change and behavioral change, Karen opens the door for clients to make the shifts they need to make.