November 10th, 2009
Seeing patterns, connections, and clarity when others may not:
Through Chaos, a Coach sees Order
Through Challenge and Stress, a Coach sees Opportunity and Clarity
Through Tragedy, a Coach sees Purpose
Through Conflict, a Coach sees Growth
Through Anger, a Coach sees Understanding
Through Others, a Coach sees Themselves
Through Themselves, a Coach sees Others
While many individuals are usually constrained by one ,or if they are lucky, 2 or 3 different perspectives, a coach is trained to see a situation from a 360 degree view. Because of their unique vision a coach sees many more choices, options, possibilities than their client can. A coach can broaden the clients’ view, so that the client can empower themselves to take meaningful action from their new vantage point.
The coach considers all aspects of a situation and all aspects of life, and helps the client to continually investigate life from new angles. Because of this bigger picture, coaches are often very relaxed in times of stress and challenge. Whether you know the final result or not, the coach can often see that an answer is just around the corner with this vision. The world is an exciting place, filled with passion, enthusiasm, and growth… this is the world as seen through a coach’s eyes!
Who would you like to help to see life and work from a completely new perspective? What difference would this make to them?
And what difference might this vision, outlook, and skill set make in your life?
October 26th, 2009
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!
Click here to learn about how to become a coach.
May 9th, 2009
By Michelle Kunz, Admissions/Career Coach, iPEC Mid-Atlantic Region Director
When you’re talking employee performance, one of the hottest terms over the past few years has been engagement. This is a term that has been used so frequently it is hard to appreciate the powerful impact of its meaning. The truth is, none of us will be very productive, fulfilled, happy, or innovative if we are not fully engaged in whatever we put our attention on. And that includes our relationships, careers, health, fun, spirituality, families, and finances.
So, what is engagement? It is the amount of energy and enthusiasm you bring to a particular task or area of focus. Notice it is not simply enthusiasm, nor is it simply energy. Neither of these is enough on its own. Both are needed to produce high levels of engagement because when we have both, we are physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually present and we bring with us all the resources we have available for success. We act from a place of choice instead of effort, and we flow.
As iPEC Coaches, we know how to shift our own energy – and the energy of others – from negative to positive, and we know how to frame situations in ways that create enthusiasm. Using these skills we can create enormous levels of engagement in ourselves and inspire and motivate others to become engaged as well.
Think of the possibilities for your family, friends, colleagues, team members, even your boss!
In which areas of your life are you currently experiencing lower levels of engagement than you would like? How can you shift your energy and create enthusiasm so that you can reignite your engagement levels and effortlessly flow into success?
April 11th, 2009
by Michelle Kunz, Admissions/Career Coach and DC School Director
On a recent E-Factor call, iPEC founder Bruce D Schneider touched on a very timely topic for those of us who feel impacted by recent changes in the economy. He talked about how we define security.
Many of us have been taught to look outside of ourselves for security: find a great job, get into a great relationship, save a certain amount for retirement, get a great education, build this or that which will guarantee an outcome now or later. We feel secure when we have those “details” in place. As a result, when certain events change the details, our security can be shaken or even crumble.
Like any value, security is something we can choose to define for ourselves. We can choose to redefine what security means so that we become the source of our own security – instead of basing it on external details over which we have no control. When we are the CAUSE of our security, only we control whether we feel secure. When something else is at the CAUSE of our security, our security is reduced to an EFFECT of that cause.
As iPEC coaches, we have the unique opportunity to redefine security not only for ourselves, but also to support our clients in redefining what that means to them, whether that client is an organization or an individual. Once we help them reframe security such that they see themselves as the CAUSE rather than the EFFECT, they feel empowered, energized, and engaged. This is the shift our world is looking for right now.
Where are you putting your security in the hands of others? How can you reclaim that security and redefine it such that you are the cause? How will you feel when you have accomplished that?
To listen to the E-Factor show referenced in this post, “Overcoming the Fear of Recession,” click here.
October 16th, 2008
iPEC is a group of truly amazing people, and I’d like for you to get to know them better so that they can inspire you and enrich your life as they do mine. So there will be a “guest” writer on this blog from time to time. Today’s guest is Evie DiPiazza. You can read more about Evie, and all of the iPEC family, at http://www.ipeccoaching.com/about-coaching/about-life-coaching-team.html. – BDS
In Don Miguel Ruiz’ book, “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” he exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. The book is full of grace and simple truths that all of us might benefit from choosing to implement.
One of the Agreements, “Don’t Take Anything Personally,” is a practice I am choosing to embrace.
As I ponder the instances where I take things personally, the reaction, the energy and time wasted it costs me, I began to realize that other people’s choices have no place in my life. What others say or do is not because of me. What they say and do is a reflection of how they are responding to the universe. It is the reality they are creating and choosing to live. I don’t have to buy into their reality; I may choose to live my own life.
By choosing to become immune from the opinions, reactions and words of others, I stay grounded and moving forward.
How might choosing to not take anything personally support you today?