Coaching Out of the Box® Empowers Saskatchewan Healthcare Leaders

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A team of 10 trainers plus Coaching Out of the Box® Founder and CEO, Alison Hendren, and Brooke Simmons (Operations Manager with Coaching Out of the Box®), delivered our flagship The 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program to 125 leaders from Saskatchewan Healthcare over two days in Saskatoon in March. 




This was our 3rd year delivering this program.  The participants will be incorporating these much needed skills to support their leadership proving that coaching is a much needed competency for all leaders and managers….AND EVERYONE!!


What is particularly interesting is how effectively the coaching skills support Saskatchewan Health’s integration, the Lean Methodology, which focuses on process improvement.  All of the attendees learned to leverage coaching skills and tools over the two day program plus continue their learning through the 6 weeks of Coaching Skills Practicums via our virtual classrooms. 






(Top) Every program participant receives our materials box, which all the coaching tools for the program come out of (get it?)

(Center) The 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ participants shared a collage of their insights, feelings, and energies following Day 2 of the program.

(Bottom) Marilyn Orr and Jan Carley ready to go in Saskatoon!  

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Embracing the Coaching Culture: How organizations can make a difference for new employees

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Lost Women 


"Culture is what people do when no one is looking." Culture is a way of being and engaging that aligns with the often unwritten expectations of the local community. As travelers or immigrants to a new country can tell you, adapting to a culture elevates a distinct awareness that you are now the student in a life lesson of humility. You must learn the way things are done, the language spoken, and that your experience in other cultures does not necessarily matter here. Hopefully it will enhance your ability to meld into this new way of life, but it does not guarantee it. It can be difficult to feel like you belong.


Organizational cultures are no different. Employees new to a company enter a foreign crowd of people already at home in their environment. Belonging is a right to be earned.


A well-designed coaching culture can offer a variety of benefits that effectively engage new employees into the flow of the company processes. For instance, providing a guide or a coach for new employees can help them better navigate the moments of uncertainty and loneliness in an unfamiliar crowd, offer them someone designated to answer their questions, and provide general support and information to ease their transition.


Organizations with strong coaching cultures affirm the value of new employees by providing an environment that facilitates adaptation into an already established community. In these organizations, leaders play an active role in the growth of employees and “making the numbers” is no longer most important. This culture is integrated into daily processes at all levels of leadership, many even including coaching as a line item in their budgets.


Coaching is shown to lead to “increased engagement, faster on-boarding, and faster leadership development.” Millennials, currently entering the workforce, who are offered coaching within six months of employment, are less likely to leave. Companies with active coaching cultures are also rewarded with increased productivity, higher return on investment, and retention of satisfied employees who have found a community where, when no one is looking, they feel like they belong.



Photo credit: Left Field Consulting

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Personal Groundwork for Coaching

by Coaching Out of the Box

Ready for This?

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.

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All Courses Now ACSTH Approved

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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.


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Powerful Questions

by Coaching Out of the Box


Powerful Questions

 Brilliant thinkers never stop asking questions.
Questions are such a powerful way of learning and connecting. They are catalysts, weapons, tools and much, much more.  That’s why we developed the 365 Coaching Questions booklet as a resource to help you develop your questioning skills. Think of the 365 Coaching Questions as jumping off points or catalysts for you. 

Categorized by topic, most of the questions can be adapted to fit different situations. We invite you to integrate them into your own voice and try out different questions in different situations. They’re a fabulous way to learn about yourself and others, and to start very unique conversations.
We were delighted when we heard that Coaching Out of the Box® Licensed trainer and Royal Roads Univeristy grad Carol Gabanna, has been using her 365 Coaching Questions booklet as a tool to inspire her daily journaling, so we asked her about it.

Carol, can you tell us about the unique way you’ve been using 365 Questions booklet?

CG: I’ve been using 365 Questions to provoke my thinking daily as I write in my journal.  I choose a question at random and that becomes the topic of the day – yesterday’s was “What do I need to be 100%?”  As you can imagine, that sent me off on an interesting journey.   
An interesting journey indeed! Can you share some other questions that have been interesting for you?
CG: Today’s question was “What two things am I willing to stop putting up with this month?”.  Well, it didn’t take me too long to identify Rational Ruth, that annoying voice inside my head that says, “That’s OK dear, you can go ahead and eat whatever you want!”  She talks so loud, I often don’t hear Healthy Hilda saying “Eat those veggies Carol, remember, you’ll feel better.”  I am definitely willing to stop putting up with that! 
And in the same vein of something I’d like to stop putting up with this month, there is Judging Judy, who says in a sneering and superior voice “They don’t get it!” when I’m working with clients.  It tires me out but I did discover that if I give her the elbow on the way by, I have more energy to try harder to understand where my client is coming from and to find different ways to explain things.
Using the 365 questions in this way is kind of like getting a box of Crackerjacks – you never know what the prize is going to be! I love how it inspires me in my daily writing and thinking.
And we love that you are being so creative in its application Carol!
Are you curious about asking yourself and others some new questions? Get your own copy here.
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