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Introducing one of our most powerful courses yet: Personal Groundwork for Coaching
We are delighted to tell you about a brand new and extremely powerful class we are offering that starts on March 10th, 2015: Personal Groundwork for Coaching. This class is for coaches and those who want to be more coachlike in their every day interactions, and it could very well change your life.
What’s it all about? It's about starting from the ground up and looking at your OWN life and creating a solid platform to build (and coach) from. We take a deep look into a variety of areas in your life—from your physical environment, your work environment, your financial life, your health, relationships and more. Do you work in a messy office? Do you need to lose five pounds? Are you in relationships that don’t serve you? All these things will affect how you show up as a coach.
We start with a personal assessment of how you’re doing in each area of life, then each week we tackle exercises to help you raise your scores in all areas of your life.
This program has been offered as part of the Royal Roads University program for many years, and students often tell us it was the most profound part of their learning and truly changed their life. That’s why we are so excited to now be offering an open class to guide you through the steps in the workbook, and more. And if that isn’t enough, this course is eligible for 20 ICF approved credits AND we are offering it at the early bird discount price of $695 (regular $795). We challenge you to invest in yourself and see what phenomenal improvements you can make in just 8 weeks.
Curious to see how you’d stack up on The Personal Groundwork for Coaching Assessment today? View a free copy here, and please reach out to us with any questions. You can sign up for this powerful course here, use code EARLYBIRDPG.
It's Never Been Easier to Become a Professional Coach or Renew Your ICF Designation Through Coaching Out of the Box® Courses
We at Coaching Out of the Box® are starting the New Year off with a bang and some exciting news for you: We are now officially a completely ACSTH approved program with the ICF. Whether you are wanting to become a Professional Coach or need to renew your credentials, all of our programs now contribute to your ICF educational requirements. We have so many engaging programs to choose from. We have some very popular classes starting soon, as well as new classes we are very excited to roll out for the first time. And an added bonus? Shhhhhh we are extending our early bird rates past the date listed on our website…they are now valid until the end of January.
Promoting a Coaching Culture
Did you know that Coaching Out of the Box® has a Chief Culture Officer on staff? We caught up with Bruce McLeod to ask him about his role and why it’s such a unique and important part of the work Coaching Out of the Box® is doing today.
Hi Bruce! Thanks for chatting with us. For those who don’t know, what is a Chief Culture Officer? What do they do?
BM: At Coaching Out of the Box® we are passionate about creating long term sustainable change in our coaching work—we’re not interested in doing work that does not make a long term difference. My role is to see that the work we do is deeply integrated into an organization’s culture when we leave. As part of the initial discussions with a client, I assess the organization’s current culture to determine how coaching might best be introduced and supported in their unique environment.
I work with clients to help them understand the important factors to support the cultural change coaching brings and what systems impacts and changes they might want to consider to increase success. I promote the idea that coaching is a competency that if learned well, and introduced into the culture appropriately, will make SIGNIFICANT impact on the business AND that the impact can be measured with our Coaching Quotient™ Process (CQ).
Why did Coaching Out of the Box® feel that yours was an important role to have on staff?
BM: In the delivery of our flagship program to over 10,000 people around the world, we have seen many, many instances where a coaching culture really took root, and we have also had some situations where it didn't. In looking at what made the difference, it was very apparent that the organization’s culture and supporting systems were the key. Introducing coaching in a place where the organization is building a Culture by Design versus a place where there is a “Culture by Default”, made a real difference. I was brought on in part because of my understanding of organizational culture and the work I have done supporting the building of cultures for local, national and multinational companies. We’re proud that we are able to have "different conversations" with clients than most coaching training companies.
That’s right—you worked for several years as the Global VP of Human Resources for a multinational company. In your opinion, what qualities would make someone a good Chief Culture Officer?
BM: Experience in the world of organizational culture. A strong coach approach to working with clients – it’s all about asking and not telling. Good looking. Ha! Just kidding.
For you personally, what's the best part of the job?
BM: There's nothing better than seeing companies fully integrate coaching into their larger system framework in such a way that lives are changed, businesses grow, employee engagement soars and people find and excel in their passions.
To learn more about Bruce’s work and how he can help you bring a coaching culture to your organization, reach out to him here.
In recent years, Coaching Out of the Box® has done some large projects in the healthcare sector that have been particularly invigorating and interesting. We chatted with CEO Alison Hendren about working in the healthcare sector, and why she feels it’s so important that those in this field have coaching skills.
Can you describe some of the work Coaching Out of the Box® has done with larger healthcare organizations?
AH: So far our Flagship 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ has been delivered to over 3,000 people who work in the healthcare sector. Participants have included leaders, managers, clinicians, physicians, disability management workers, nurses and more.
We have also delivered a shortened version of the program that included doctors located in Nigeria using our Virtual Classrooms. One of the participants, Dr. Talemoh Wycliff Dah, Senior Clinical Advisor in Ipas, Nigeria says the program had instant impact. He says: "I started using the concepts immediately after the first session. These are skills all our Clinical Mentors will need and the concept needs to be passed to all of them. Coaching Out of the Box® can sharpen any coach's skill in any walk of life."
Why are coaching skills so important for those in a healthcare environment?
AH: Healthcare is a fundamental need for everyone and we all will experience the health care environment at some point in our lives. Nurses, doctors and other various clinicians benefit hugely from receiving coaching and being supported to maximize the strengths and talents of each other and their teams.
We need to make it easier for people to be able to do their best work under demanding conditions. Back in 1999 we were exhibitors attending a large Healthcare conference in New Orleans that was made up of Chief Nursing Officers and we were blown away by the passion, commitment and EXHAUSTION of these wonderful people. What could support them, what could possibly alleviate some of those demands, we wondered? We knew having coaching skills and experiencing coaching could make a difference.
Bit by bit in working with these folks, we saw the difference using coaching skills made in their daily interactions. We’ve repeatedly been told how valuable learning coaching skills was for them. For example, Lani deHek of the B.C. Nurses Union says: "On a personal note, the skills learned through this program have stayed with me and I have been able to apply them to both my professional and personal life. The capacity to ask coach-like questions has resulted in better listening skills and developing more trust and understanding with those we work with.”
We hear time and again how much the 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ has made a real impact for those folks in the healthcare sector. Currently it is embedded in the Leadership Development Program at BC Health and also Saskatoon Health's Leadership Development Program. We are so excited about this work and the potential and possibilities that it unlocks. Our vision is that it will one day be part of the education and training for all clinicians, physicians, specialists and healthcare workers worldwide.
Hear what Maura Davies, President and CEO of Saskatoon Health Region has to say about how her team felt about taking the /5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™