Definition of Passion: “a compelling enthusiasm or desire for something”
Passion is a big deal in coaching. Why? Because Coaching is a different kind of conversation designed to tap into one’s thoughts, ideas, concerns, enthusiasms, desires and challenges. Done right it harnesses the compelling enthusiasm or desire for something (passion) and supports it in becoming a reality.
Many people who add coaching skills to their toolkit, do so because they are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.
Tips and Tools:
Realize exhaustion, disillusionment, delays, risk, sacrifice and lack of stability are part of the package when following one’s passion – this is where regularly scheduled coaching appointments come in.
Create a structure of accountability to move through those times with key commitments by specific dates – this is part of what makes a coaching conversation different , i.e. What are you committing to as a result of today’s conversation and by when. Let’s also confirm our next appointment.
As a coach, how do you support others in the journey of following their passion? The most important thing to do is to make sure that you are prepared for it. You need to make sure that you are both getting the support that you need and are up to the task of coaching others in either discovering, or in following, their passion. It is the coach’s ability, and responsibility, to stand with others, be the light in the storm as they move, step by step, in finding their way to their passion.
We, at Coaching Out of the Box®, want to make sure you are prepared to assist others, or pursue your own journey in passion, by offering some tools that can help. Alison Hendren, our CEO & Founder, has a personal favorite on this topic, Vital Signs – The Nature and Nurture of Passion by Gregg Levoy.
Check out our Linked In Group to hear what other coaches are saying on this topic and add your thoughts while you are there.
Also, Coaching Out of the Box® offers the Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program™that will help support those who are coaching others, but also helps those who are pursuing their passion, get their own house in order. You can find more information about this course HERE or start with our Personal Groundwork Assessment in the sidebar.
NOTE: The Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program ™ provides 20 ICF Core Competency Credits .
The conference is sponsored by the Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital and the Institute of Coaching on September 25-26. To learn more about the conference or to join us click the link below!
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Many of them come in thinking that coaching is just something you are either good or bad at and that it’s a skill just naturally built within you, but they leave knowing that coaching is a leadership skill any individual can be successful at with some training and practice!
Here are some of the great coaching lessons these leaders and managers have learned from their time with us.
I used to think … it was more about the coach having all of the answers and sharing those answers with the learner.
But now I know … it is more about the learner having the answers and ideas for the future, and the coach providing assistance.
I used to think … it only applied to athletes or those who wanted life coaching.
But now I know … coaching is a useful tool for increasing engagement in many types of conversations, particularly at work, but also with family and friends.
I used to think … coaching was just telling people what to do.
But now I know … coaching empowers an employee to think for themselves and work on a solution based on their own ideas.
I used to think … coaching was used to discipline an employee.
But now I know … it is used as an exploratory tool to engage in conversations that address true feelings and issues, in an effort to explore solutions.
I used to think … it was simply guiding others to get things done.
But now I know … it is supporting people through listening, asking questions, and being curious, to help them to a place where they get what they need to resolve their concerns.
I used to think … of coaching more in terms of sports programs, or maybe performance management, not in terms of life skills.
But now I know … it can be used as part of a leadership style where I can engage others in the process of problem solving.
I used to think … coaching was very complex.
But now I know … it is empowering and supportive.
I used to think … it was providing information to others and then sending them off to do the job.
But now I know … coaching is utilizing active listening skills to allow the respondent to find out solutions for themselves, while asking open ended questions.
I used to think … it was just one of many tools used to solve a specific problem.
But now I know … it is a perspective by which to look at EVERYTHING!
“It’s very difficult to measure a return on investment for soft skills like coaching. We see a void in a solid way to do that within the field of coaching and these assessments are our attempt to address that void in the marketplace.”
– Bruce McLeod, Chief Culture Officer
Here’s how it’s done:
Organizations interested in implementing coaching can take the Coaching Readiness Assessment for Organizations. (Bruce’s tip: “Having someone highly aware of the culture of your organization (e.g.; Human Resource representative) will be able to provide the most accurate responses, but this assessment can be done by anyone aware of how the organization functions.”)
We send an immediate thumbnail sketch of where you’re at on the continuum of coaching readiness. Then we follow up with you to talk about how we can help you move further along.
Once we’ve set up your coaching program, we offer you the opportunity to utilize our Coaching Quotient™, which is a scorecard that we develop together to ensure it reflects the areas you want to see improved and areas we feel coaching can offer benefit.
These measurement tools are made especially for Coaching Out of the Box® clients and created by Coaching Out of the Box® leaders. So you know we’re designing and aligning these assessments with our teachings and practices and your desired areas of improvement in mind. We want to ensure you get the best results possible.
Almost every day we get great feedback on how coaching is strengthening the effectiveness of leaders, changing the way people do business, improving lives, while at the same time creating benefits for organizations.
Click Here for just a couple recent success stories, we’re excited to share.
We would love to connect with you! Reach out to our team through e-mail: [email protected] or call Toll Free, 1-888-4A-COACH (1-888-422-6224).
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Measuring the return on coaching.
Coaching Out of the Box® takes on the challenge of measuring coaching ROI. Review our article on how we measure coaching in a way that is totally customized to your skills and goals.
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Coaching Out of the Box® Empowers Saskatchewan Healthcare Leaders
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!
Here’s the Perfect Chance to Amp Up Your Coaching Skills with our LIVE - The 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ (and other exciting training opportunities)
Our most popular flagship program builds a solid foundation of transferable coaching skills for organizational leaders and managers. You will leave this program with highly effective coaching skills that make an immediate impact in your work!
These programs are open enrollment with participants representing a wonderful cross-section of learners. Our participants (including our Licensed Trainers) often bring clients interested in seeing the program first hand. Many organizations also come to evaluate the program for their own potential use. It is a great networking opportunity for all involved! The day will be facilitated by Senior Coaching Out of the Box® Trainer Bruce McLeod. Alison Hendren, CEO and Founder will be there to speak to the growing success of this program with over 10,000 participants to date.
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Training to facilitate our flagship The 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ takes participants from being coaches to coaching educators. This is an effective program for both independent training contractors and internal trainers, offering a robust toolkit useful to both!
Each webinar is 90 minutes long and can be accessed at any time if you have to miss one of the classes or simply want to review. The class runs for 8 weeks. Register by clicking below.
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Embracing the Coaching Culture: How organizations can make a difference for new employees
"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.
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