This week’s post by Zack Lemelle, iPEC’s Managing Partner of Corporate Engagement Services, is a video blog that discusses employee engagement and how it is affected by the engagement that comes from the leadership within any organization. Please leave comments below!
Coaching now is a billion dollar industry. The coaching industry has seen tremendous growth. Between 25 to 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies use executive coaches, as reported in a recent survey by The Hay Group, an International Human Resources consultancy. Coaches are hired by Fortune 1000 companies, in schools, in all departments of government, health clubs, non-profits and more to achieve success. More and more people are choosing to become certified professional coaches or learn coaching skills for use in their everyday lives and careers. Today, let’s answer the questions “Why?” and “Why now?”
The only constant is change
It’s no surprise or secret that change is an integral part of life, and if you don’t incorporate it into your business and lifestyle, sooner or later you will be left behind. This has always been true, but right now change is front and center everywhere you look. This continuous and accelerated change creates uncertainty, confusion and doubt even in the most confident, persistent and open minded people. And that’s where a coach comes into the picture.
People are looking for ways to decipher information more quickly, to understand their ever changing circumstances more fully, and to regain their confidence. A coach will keep you focused and moving forward. A coach will help you understand what exactly about the change is really upsetting or frustrating you. The clarity and support coaching provides will energize you, provide you with a sense of certainty, and give you the ability to act with confidence and calmness in even the most challenging circumstances.
Because of all this change individuals want to take what’s great about themselves and transform into a new and improved version! A coach will help you recognize your strengths, talents and expertise and show you how to align them with your values to have a more rewarding career – who doesn’t what that?!
You are your own expert
People don’t want to be told what to do. They don’t want to ‘get fixed’, as if something is broken in the first place! They don’t want yet another free opinion or free advice… What people are looking for are solutions to enable and empower them to find their own answers.
You are the one who lived your life, so you inherently already know what’s best for you. And a coach will help you along with finding your path.
Change is here and occurring more rapidly than ever; you know you’ve got more inside of you and are ready to do great things; you are the expert and the answer you’ve been seeking all along… these thoughts are emerging for people everywhere. You know what to be the cause of change – for yourself and for others.
So the question is: To be coached or to become the coach? The choice is yours!
I’ve heard “I wish I knew about coaching years ago” more times than I can possibly count from new prospective coaches.
Why is this? Why, when people first find coaching (whether it be life coaching, small business coaching, or executive coaching), do they find it to be such an incredible professional calling?
Coaching really speaks to their values and experiences. Individuals who value growth, accomplishment, relationships and connections, a sense of freedom, and helping others are drawn to coaching because these values are the essence of what coaching focuses on and brings out in clients. Combine these values with life and work experiences that involve overcoming obstacles, achieving success that others thought would be too difficult, and demonstrating the ability to stretch their limits and comfort zone, it’s no wonder people – and perhaps you – are saying “I wish I knew about coaching years ago” because it’s the perfect combination of values and experiences.
And why are more people today drawn to the career of coaching than ever before?
The values of previous generations were more focused on stability and security. In recent times, society, technology, and the economy have clearly stated that “change has come” and that going forward, change may be the only constant we can rely on. Nowadays, while this changing environment certainly isn’t easy to navigate, many individuals are more prone to stand up and say “I’m up to the task,” and answer rally cries of “Yes, we can” (political beliefs aside, this obviously speaks to a very large number of people).
If you have adopted the attitude of “Yes we can” and your values and experience now want to take that attitude to the next step, then coaching is how you can do just that. Whether you want to hire a coach to help propel you to your next level, or you want to become a coach to move yourself and others to heights never before seen, coaching is something that fits you and who you are.
Would you be reading this blog if it didn’t?
Now time to ask: Are you going to answer the call?
Luke Iorio, CPC, PCC, ELI-MP
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(Our guest blogger this week is Liz Fisch.)
I was on the highway the other day with my son beside me in the car. As our exit approached, I pulled over into the right lane, and within a few seconds, noticed a car right behind me, as close as it could be without hitting me. Something on the order of “what is this idiot up to – how dangerous” came out of my mouth (ok, perhaps the words were slightly different). My first reaction, though I’m not particularly proud to admit it, was to judge the other driver – and find him at fault. I was following the rules of the road, and I had precious cargo (my son!) in the car – what was this guy’s problem anyway?
As I proceeded down the exit ramp, the other car practically touching me, my son turned around and looked into the car. He said – “Wonder if they’re rushing to the hospital?”
In that instant, my entire perception of the event changed. I moved to the side to let the car pass me, and watched as it approached the top of the ramp, paused briefly, and proceeded to go through the red light, turning in the direction of the hospital a block away.
Wouldn’t I have done the same thing if my child or spouse or friend had to be rushed to the hospital? Of course I would have. Wouldn’t you?
My wise 16-year-old taught me a great lesson – and gave me another entry for my judgment journal.
Several questions were submitted to me for the “Ask Bruce” call I conducted last month regarding discovering and sharing one’s gifts. iPEC’s programs and methodologies all address this most important topic.
Q: How can I use your technology to tap into my creative energy and explore/determine the best direction for my new career?”
A: Unless you’re already a coach, I’d work with one to help me make that determination. In fact, even if you are a coach, I’d still recommend you work with one for this. There is just way too much to this process to easily answer this in a blog post, but a great Energy Leadership coach can help you tap into your true gifts and focus on how to use them.
Q: For a life coach on a spiritual journey, what stages or possibilities of personal growth and service to humanity are open to me beyond coaching?”
A: The possibilities are endless. Once you are walking the talk as a coach, energetically, you ALWAYS express your gifts in whatever you do. Workshops, books, CDs, courses, groups, and other such message delivery methods are usually great media to positively inspire and motivate people.
Q: What are the strategies to help people believe in my vision and become committed to see the vision come to reality?
Find people with a similar vision and partner with them to bring the idea to fruition. No need to fight to convince people in what you believe in. There are plenty of people who are already part of the choir that you’re preaching to.
If you’d like to hear the call, click here to listen.