Effective Parenting through Coaching

As I look back at my life, I see myself transitioning into various roles. As a student, life revolved around playing and getting good grades; then getting into a professional PG Course to looking for a good job to build a career; then getting married and taking over the responsibility of running a home; AND THEN BEING A MOTHER !! This is the most blissful time looking at my two lovely angels 5yrs and 2yrs old growing up so fast … phew!

Parenting as blissful it is, has its challenges too. Arshiya is a gift from the gods! She has angelic eyes with a very soft demeanor. That’s the good part, but come to her food habits, it was a nightmare few months back. She somehow got into the habit of eating very selective food items…only plain chapatti or plain rice. I used to lose my patience while playing around her tantrums. I tried all tips and tricks which my parents and friends told me.  And then one day, I decided to wear my coaching hat and talk to her. We both talked for long and I put all my coaching experience into that conversation. Phew… was her approach rational – yes and no. That evening nothing changed – same old ‘dance and music’ while having food !! I continued talking to her and let her find the answer to why she needs to eat complete food. And then one day she hit on a rational that if she eats well she will be “as big and strong as her father”. That was her ‘aha’ moment … and it has been working very well for the past few months.

The Parenting Conundrum … anger and defiance, bullying, lying, manipulation, arguing, fighting, self-esteem, disrespect, aggression, technology and kids, yelling, swearing …. Sounds familiar ? J

There are no quick fixes, easy answers, or recipes for parenting, but I believe most of us have the tools we need to be good parents if only we could find them. Often, when a screw driver would best serve our needs, we reach into the toolbox and come out with a hatchet without realizing it. It is no wonder that our parenting carpentry is such a mess.

What is my goal in parenting – to empower my children to make the right choices or control them and their mind? I am sure everyone is going to pick the former goal, but do we really go by it?

From a little spark may burst a mighty flame – Dante

Power is like a candle with a huge flame. The beauty of empowering a child is that we never lose our own power in the process. Empowering our children  includes giving them a safe and nurturing environment – offering them uncond
itional love, caring touch, tenderness, and concern for their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. In such an environment children would make choices and decisions, mistakes, and assume responsibilities. Engaging them in critical reflection, teaching them to be aware of consequences of their actions on others, showing them how to accept responsibility for their accomplishments and mistakes – all this empowers them to become responsible, resilient, compassionate individuals.

It is extremely diffi
cult to empower our children if we have little or no flame ourselves.

Let’s light the flame as coaches and empower our children. 

 

SuSurbhee Singhrbhee has been in leadership roles and immensely contributed to various businesses with her acumen. She has worked with large conglomerates such as HDFC Bank, Reliance Infocom, Tata Teleservices.  After a very enriching experience in the telecom and banking industry for 10 years, Surbhee found her calling in the training industry with Franklin Covey South Asia.

Surbhee finished her certification with ICF in April 2013 and has been engaged in various training programs, group coaching sessions and one to one executive coaching sessions. 

 

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Self coaching, walk the talk !

Today’s edition has two bloggers with two different perspectives.

Anuradha Rao says:

I am tempted to agree with Oscar Wilde when he said that it is indeed a dreadful experience to sit next to someone who has spent his / her life trying “…to educate others”. It is indeed true of the coaching experience too. One cannot be a good (let alone being effective) coach and facilitate the process of introspection without having used the process on oneself. The biggest challenge for a coach is to be able to look at the issue / challenge as separate from the self and hence any kind of introspection turns into an argument of sorts which can be quite demotivating. Not to forget that there is no coach (especially, in this case) to facilitate the process. I am the Coach. I am the Coachee. I am the process.

Tips that can help introspect… in essence, Walk the Talk:

Tip 1: Be comfortable in your skin. There is no need for me to know everything about myself all the time. Neither is there the need for me to do a root cause analysis of how I am feeling about everything. Accepting how I feel and going with the flow is imperative to being comfortable under my skin. Most coachees tend to go looking for reasons and finding faults in a way that is equivalent to finding a buried treasure. Well, it is not!!!!Looking for reasons and fault finding is like digging up graves and there is no coming back. A coach who is able to let go and be in the moment is able to better support his / her coachees

Tip 2: Ask the right questions. Avoid WHY questions and most importantly WAIT for the answer. While working with a coachee, we facilitate the process. We take on part of the job and ask the questions thereby simplifying (to an extent) the process. However, when working with self, the roles are merged. My mentor once told me “Waiting for the answer is like waiting for a thunderstorm. You know it’s coming. You can perhaps also predict it to an extent. However, tough to say how hard it will be and if it will make you dance in it or cry”. Waiting for the answer makes us patient and helps us grow thereby polishing a skill – Listening – that is key to good coaching.

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Anuradha Rao

Anuradha Rao comes with a total of 23 years of experience in the area of Learning and Development. She has gathered experience both as an entrepreneur and as training lead for E Capital International Services, IBM BTO Operations, MphasiS (HRD), Genpact China and Global Talent & Development lead for Deutsche Bank Operations International (DBOI). Currently, she is faculty (OB and OD) with the Centre for Organisation Development (COD) and the Founder of Aaradhya Learning and Development Solutions where she works on designing, developing and Implementing Learning Solutions. Anuradha has a PhD in English Literature from the CIEFL, Hyderabad, a Diploma in Journalism, is trained on Methods & Methodologies of Learning and Content Development and a certified Coach from Neuro Leadership Group. LinkedIn Profile  Personal Blog

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Rashima Malhotra says:

I would like to show my gratitude and thank all the individuals across the world who have brought coaching to the mankind. I extend my thanks to the ICF Hyderabad Charter Chapter for this initiative and platform.

I am sharing my reasons for coaching self and others. It has been a miraculous journey for me as I experienced coaching to be the most powerful and effective tool for the progress of mankind. All the coaches who believe that coaching is a way of being will seamlessly walk the talk.

Why should I self coach or coach others, because:

I see value in coaching

Coaching is a way of being

Coaching is a way forward

While you coach self or others, you ask, you probe, you listen, you acknowledge, you encourage, you partner, you bring the underlying issues forward, you challenge, you empower

Coaching is transformational and can bring shifts / changes within you for life

Coaching turns to doing and doing turns to action and our actions are our ‘karma’

Coaching is out of box thinking

Coaching unlocks potential and there is no barrier to your visioning, thus you make realistic goals to achieve your vision

Coaching gives one clarity and in turn you achieve peace of mind and happiness which may be valuable to you

Coaching works as the onus is on self

Coaching helps you bring your dreams to life

Coaching helps you achieve, live and work towards your wants and desires

Positive attitude, belief in yourself, faith in what you do are few attributes you may want to possess

Self coach…coach others….and contribute to the mankind is an oath I take. What is your perspective, do share.

Thank you for reading the blog, I would like to encourage and recommend all the readers to read the GROW Model by Sir John Whitmore; this will help you develop yourself and others.

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Rashima Malhotra, ACC

A people oriented professional with eighteen years of insightful experience in Organization development, Leadership development and Coaching (Executive Coaching; Group Coaching; Life Coaching).Excellent interpersonal communication, leadership and people management skills with extensive experience in training operations and development of workforce.Lead, strategize and manage key projects that leverage L&D skills to meet various needs identified by the business, on an ongoing basis. LinkedIn Profile

Coaching with Spiritualism ,lead to awakening and walking hand-in-hand

Coaching helps move a coachee from his current reality to the desired state. On this journey towards aspired goals, the coachee usually undergoes a process of deep thinking and self-reflection. Answers to questions like:

  • Who Am I?
  • What is my life purpose?
  • What am I doing right or wrong?
  • How can I improve my life’s contribution?
  • What is God or higher consciousness or energy that drives this universe?
  • What prevents people from living their fullest potential?

Along with the pursuit of desired state will help the coachee achieve goals with a Flow…

The coachee turns into a seeker. Nearly all coachees will begin the coaching voyage with some specific career, business, professionals or personal goals. Somewhere during this travel, of intense introspection, a long and often arduous process of personal change and development, the coachee turned seeker starts looking for answers to some fundamental questions which are inherently spiritual. Answers to these questions assist the coachee get grounded, operate from a place of integrity and authenticity. And when the coachee is pursuing the goals from the strong foundation of values and authenticity, a State of Flow is experienced while overcoming several challenges during the pursuit of the goals.

The coach facilitates the coachee to look inwards for self-reflection, encourage introspection and contemplation and bring about coachee’s own ‘Aha’ moments. New beliefs, habits and mental maps get created based upon these new ‘Aha’s being tested in reality and implemented. The state of flow thus obtained coachee/ seeker work towards goals in a completely effortless state. The awakenings during different ‘Aha’ moments help the coachee to continue the journey of growth beyond the coaching engagement.

Spiritual awakening or a higher Spiritual Quotient (SQ) with the following steps would help the coaching engagement transcend to a much higher level:

  • Soul-searching, the core values coachee operates from
  • Clarify the intent behind the goal
  • Raising fundamental questions of purpose and being
  • Encourage reflection/introspection
  • Facilitate actions from the new ‘Aha’s and Awakening

Certainly, the coaching framework which begins with goals encompasses spiritual growth.

Vipul Kukreja

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Vipul Kukreja is Results Certified Coach, Certified Business Coach a Certified Executive Coach from Neuroleadership Institute and a member of International Coach Federation. He helps individuals, entrepreneurs, business heads of corporates achieve their goals with a Flow. He is the Founder and CEO of M2S Consulting (India) Private Limited, a coaching and executive search firm. LinkedIn Profile

Mindfulness in Coaching

A client once confided, “Every Saturday, I come to office, extremely satisfied after a refreshing morning workout, feeling good about myself. While walking towards my cabin, I say to myself, ‘Today no one is around to disturb or distract me and I’ll get time to think and strategize for the next few years out in the future’. I step into my cabin, set up my workstation; armed with a pen and notepad to jot down my ideas, then I hear a familiar ‘ping’ on my mobile device. After just fewquick e-mail responses, making some urgent calls, setting up meeting requests with clients, putting out fire in a major emergency situation, I return to desk and see a blank notepad staring at me. Before I could realize it’s already time for lunch and I’m too tired to focus on any ‘blue sky’ thinking. Once again, I succumb to the tyranny of the fast paced busy world and have no time to think about present or future”.

Does this situation sound familiar to you or the clients you coach?

If yes, you are in the right place and the very fact that we have managed to hold your attention this far, on this blog, says a lot about the world we live in.What would be your first response to the following words of: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous? This is also referred in the business world as ‘VUCA’, a popularized in India by HUL’s Chairman Mr. Harish Manwani, during his Annual General Meeting .

Today’s world along with its general conditions and situations is constantly in a state of VUCA. And, this is true to individuals, businesses and nations too. As coaches, we need to acknowledge this compelling reality and constantly invite ourselves and most importantly our clients, to the path of awareness and readiness. We all need to have heightened sense of VUCA foresight and insight. That’s where Mindfulness comes in handy as a tool that enables us to anticipate, understand, prepare for and thrive on VUCA conditions.

What is Mindfulness?

Jon Kabat-Zinnthe, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, defines that, “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”

Mindfulness, following by this definition, positions us in a state of mind to start by being aware of how we anticipate and respond to this VUCA internally first, and then then acting on the best possible ways to deal with the emerging situations and conditions.

As the world of Mindfulness has tremendous amount of material be it from religion, meditation, research, academics and corporations, out attempt in this blog is to focus and narrow our perspective to the use of ‘Mindfulness in Coaching’.

Online Resources:

Watch this Youtube Video, where Jon Kabat-Zinn talks about ‘What is Mindfulness?

Jon Kabat-Zinn talks about ‘The science of mindfulness’

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  Mindfulness in Coaching

In this section, we will introduce the following four step approach to discuss this topic –

Context, Concept, Method & Tools, and Results.

 

 

Context –Importance of Mindfulness in Coaching?

Mindfulness is a powerful tool both for a Coach and a Coachee in their respective roles of Coaching. Refer to the below table to understand its significance.

For coach:

  • As a Coach, I need to be ‘Mindful’ of the ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ chatter that could come in the way of my ‘Coaching Presence’ (An ICF Core Competency)
  • Being mindful, helps in practicing ‘Generative Listening’ (Refer – Otto Sharmer’s ‘Theory U’  )
  • Consider these quotes: 

           “Who you are is how you coach”  –   Edna Murdoch , The Coaching Supervision Academy (CSA)

  • “The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervener”- William O’Brien, former CEO of Hanover Insurance Company

For coachee:

  • Helps coachee to bring ‘Clarity’ to the issue at hand, set aside emotions and harmful triggers and most importantly stay focused in the moment.
  • Helps coachee to be self-reliant and observant to his/her own thoughts and commit to subsequent insights
  • There is strong research evidence on the impact of mindfulness in managing stress and contributing towards improved performance
  • Concept – What is the relationship between Brain and Mind?

The most common analogy to differentiate or map the relationship between the Brain & Mind is to view ‘Mind as the software for the Brain’. Also in the last 2 or 3 decades, science has advanced leaps and bounds, and so is our understanding of the Brain. The myth, ‘after the age of 12, your brain stops growing’ is busted and evidence is mounting to support the neuro-plasticity of Brain i.e. we all learn new things at all time. The ‘Hard wiring’ can be managed and new neural pathways can be created to form productive habits to replace the unproductive ones.

This underlines the core focus of Coaching as process to change behavior to unleash their untapped potential in individuals. Thus, putting to rest the classic dilemma of whether leaders are born or made? Leaders can be nurtured, in alignment with their life’s experiences and their neuro-plasticity being amplified.

  • Methods and Tools

Find below a selection of hand-picked methods and tools that will help in practicing Mindfulness in your own circumstance, be it a Coach or a Coachee.

Methods:

  1. Breathing exercises(focus your mind on the air you inhale and exhale – the temperature, pace, passage through right or left nostril, the area near your upper lip where the air touches etc)
  2. Body Scan (where you focus your attention along your body, from the toes to the top of your head, trying to be aware and accepting of whatever you sense in these body parts, without controlling or changing those feelings)
  3. Active Listening(move from factual listening to empathetic listening to Generative Listening) Refer Link
  4. Clearing the Space’ (Ensuring you both agree and commit to set aside unrelated issues and focus on the current coaching goal)

Tools:

Android Apps on Google Play Store

–          ‘Mindfulness Bell’ by Mindful Apps (Free)

–          Buddhist Meditation Trainer by Spacebug (Free)

–          Headspace (Paid)

–          iMindfulness by iDeal Development (Paid)

Try this online Mindfulness Quiz, developed by researchers at La Salle University and Drexel University, led by psychology professor Lee Ann Cardaciotto

  • Results

Various corporations, hospitals, non-profits and educational institutions are now realizing the need for teaching ‘Mindfulness; to their key stakeholders resulting in productivity improvement and other benefits. It’s worth mentioning the pioneering efforts of some global organizations, including:

  • Google’s ‘Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute – (www.SIYLI.org);
  • Intel’s nine-week mindfulness program called ‘Awake@Intel’ – available to its workforce of over 100,000 employees in 63 countries across the globe

MarioVirgili, in the paper titled, ‘Mindfulness-based coaching: Conceptualisation, supporting evidence and emerging applications’ published in ‘International Coaching Psychology Review’. (Sep2013, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p40-57. 18p), concludes and “makes suggestions for coaching practitioners, discusses practical guidelines for integrating mindfulness into the practice of coaching..”

The author reports that, “The evidence reviewed suggests that mindfulness may enhance the well-being and effectiveness of coaches who have a personal practice of mindfulness; improves the well-being and psychological functioning of clients who are taught mindfulness skills; offers a rich repertoire of evidence-based techniques and strategies for facilitating change; and may contribute to theoretical base of coaching psychology, particularly with regards to understanding the process of individual change.” Authors, Jonathan Passmore & Oberdan Marianetti, in their paper titled‘The role of mindfulness in coaching’, published in ‘The Coaching Psychologist’ quote many evidences towards the usefulness of mindfulness in coaching.

We end this blog entry by quoting them, “Whether the coach and the coachee choose to include mindfulness in their own individual benefits, their relationship can certainly become more effective because of it. We suggest four specific uses: preparing for coaching, maintaining focus in the session, remaining emotionally detached and teaching mindfulness techniques to the coachee.”

Mindfully yours!

By Bhaskar Natarajan, PCC &  Anil Santhapuri

Bhaskar  Bhaskar Natarajan, PCC

Bhaskar Natarajan has close to 14 years of cumulative experience in Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Performance Consulting, Sales and Human Resources. Bhaskar is currently is a research scholar at XLRI, Jamshedpur, India. His research work involves using Development Coaching as a strategic tool in building high performance teams. As a past President for the non-profit ‘International Coach Federation – Hyderabad Charter Chapter’, he pioneered the initiative to evangelize and promote coaching in India. He has represented India on various international coaching forums including Singapore, USA, Malaysia and Philippines.

Bhaskar delivers One-on-One as well as ‘Team’ Coaching interventions across various organizations with documented outcomes at every stage of the engagement. His clientele include CxOs, their teams and leaders from various industry backgrounds. He is passionate about leveraging Leadership Coaching as a strategic tool to build high performing teams/organizations and to be a strategic partner in building organizations’ ability ‘To grow and develop leaders faster than competition’. Bhaskar heads the ‘School of Leadership Coaching’, a fully funded venture by Planet group, Singapore.School of Leadership Coaching, as a corporate university, provides Talent Development, Succession planning and Leadership/Organizational Coaching as a shared service to organizations spread across Sydney, Perth, Singapore, Dubai and Mumbai.

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Anil Santhapuri is currently working with Western Union as Regional Manager APAC, MEA for Talent Management. He brings with him 12 years of professional experience in the areas of consulting; learning and leadership development. He has worked earlier for the organizations HCL, CGI, Satyam and iGate Global Solutions. In these roles, he has designed and delivered interventions in the areas of managerial & leadership development, change management, organization turnaround strategies and outplacement learning services.

In May 2012, Anil has been profiled in Training Magazine, USA as “One of 2012’s Top 10 Young Trainers” in the world. This award was in recognition of his leadership in creating strategic business alignment and measureable impact by the learning function, at CGI.

Anil is a passionate believer in empowering people through learning and is a certified coach (CoachU, Australia). He also practices and administers other psychometric tools of MBTI, CPI260 & Watson Glaser Critical Thinking assessment. He is one of the founding members of “Hyderabad Professional Coach Association” a chapter of “International Coach Federation (ICF), USA”.

 

 

 

Coaching in Balancing life and work

If we ask the older generation about how they managed work-life balance chances are they would probably not be very sure of what it meant. Even if they knew the term it was not a big deal. Did they have stress, financial worries, and challenges? They sure did. Perhaps more than the generations today. Or maybe the worries we would classify as trivial would have been bigger for them, more so because a few years back technology was difficult to get to, a good life was defined as a stable job, stable marriage and a pension on retirement and opportunities for these were few and far between. As the times changed so did our definition of a good life. Now not just having a job is important, job satisfaction is critical. We don’t wait for our old age to build a house. We want life that not only has material comforts but is also fulfilling. Today a good life is about living it right now!

There are always 2 sides to a coin and while the material comforts are easier to come by they do come at a cost. Cost could be monetary or may be in the form of time, effort, health impact or the most crucial perhaps impact on our relationships. Work life balance thus has become the buzz word today.

When I look deeper I wonder if there is really such a thing as work life balance. The only balance there is that of balancing your own personal priorities and choices. For some the priority may only be work. For others it may only be only money, or family. There can never be a one size fits all. The inner conflict occurs when you lose clarity between your personal priorities and start mixing them up with the perceived priorities of the world. For e.g you may want to take on an unusual career path but people around you may tell you that there is no money in doing that or your own limiting beliefs may overpower the need for change.

In such situations coaching is an ideal in achieving a balance of priorities and needs. Coaching helps you analyses what matters to YOU. It helps you get rid of your own limiting beliefs and explore your resources.
Three reasons to hire a coach when there is a work life balance conflict:

1. Coaching is individual based: The coach works based on the individual client’s needs. Even 2 clients stating the same end goal and working with the same coach may end up with different outcomes. Coaching respects individual values, needs and situations.

2.Coaching is all about removing the noise: In an environment where we are constantly bombarded with new and varied choices coaching helps identify what is needed and what we can do away with. Timothy Galloway in his book “the inner game of tennis” states that “By quieting self-interference, they were more able to tap into their natural abilities with greater ease”. Coaching is about removing the noise of unwanted information, limiting beliefs, fears, and opinions and moving towards what matters to you.

3.Coaching is about happiness and achievement: In the constant struggle to do more and achieve more the one thing that remains constant is the need to be happy. As humans we are constantly chasing happiness. Coaching is about aligning personal needs, values and outcomes and focusing on what makes you happy.

Rachel Gojer

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Rachel Gojer is a life and success coach with >400 hours of coaching experience. She is a Graduate from Coach U Australia and is ACC certified through ICF. She is also an NLP Practioner. Her coaching focus is on helping clients gain clarity on life and career goals and build the confidence to take action and initiatives to achieve those goals. Linkedin Profile

 

 

 

 

Small Steps , Giant Leaps !

A walk down memory lane, no better day than this, affirms the belief – It is Small Steps that help make Giant Leaps. I share with you, one of the most enriching experiences in my journey of life.

Just a few days ago, a friend and I decided to go walking through a canyon. A few kilometres of causal walk took us to a spot from where the real canyon-walk started. First step into the canyon, knee deep cold water, sent a chill up my spine,, it slowly settled down after those first few steps. I was looking around to expand my experience. The steep cliffs hanging over our heads with beautiful patterns embedded in various colours in layers made it a breath taking view. The soothing sound of the flowing stream found its way forward. Each step forward filled us with more excitement to experience what the canyon had in store for us. It is amazing to see how life finds its own place to flourish in between the rocks, around the corners. The rift between the two huge cliffs reminded me of the beautiful evidences of abundance, prosperity, generosity and interdependence that nature offers us. The path had been walked and explored by many since times immemorial. But what I was experiencing and he was, probably no one else had, as these were our own perspectives of life and nature’s offerings. As we traversed the path, a plethora of the unexpected unfolded in front of us…. an arena of uncertainty in the form of a dark cave in the middle of the canyon. The cave looked very fascinating, an unexpected beauty, unsure of what lies beyond. We were both immediately attracted to it, thinking of exploring the depths. Should we, shouldn’t we? Oscillating between these two questions, we decided to step forward, one small step towards the cave with faith; Fear, wrapped in excitement… playfulness and reassurance of a company to explore the hidden truths of nature’s gift. The cave was getting narrower as we moved ahead. Few feet deep inside the cave, the flowing stream left us, and soon after, its sound too abandoned us, heightening the silence in the dark. Taking one step at a time, balancing ourselves on damp, slippery rocks and edgy stones, holding hands and most importantly, trusting our instinct and intuition, we kept moving ahead. We could hear the echoes of our own breaths and thumping of the heart. Near loss of one faculty had strengthened the other as we kept moving forward in pitch dark uncertainty. The instinct said, “take a left turn”, and we followed it. One, two, three.. Four steps after the turn, as I led my friend, a smiling rock bathing in faint light that came through a crevasse in the rock wall was face to face with me. I took a few more steps, watchful of the low ceiling. What I experienced then was one of the most breath-taking views I can recall… in excitement I pulled my friend forward for I wanted him to experience it too…. The faint light that fell on the rock was at that point of time, a ray of hope and it pacified all the questions that arose from deep within, not very long ago. That last small step for me was a doorway to that divine opening through which the sun was shining, as if that light was waiting for me to come and experience.

Isn’t it amazing how the universe offers us those beautiful gifts, provided we are willing to take that one small step in faith to further take those giant leaps towards our destiny?  Isn’t this what happens in our coaching conversation with our clients, when one individual takes that one step in an unexplored territory with the coach, to find his/her own answers?

As we celebrate the International Coaching Week 2014, I thought it most appropriate to share how consistent small steps make a difference, a difference that shapes and enriches life in the direction of our destiny.

We, at ICF Hyderabad Chapter, are taking that one small step forward in the form of this blog to take it to new heights. Post the success of the coaching conference ‘Coaching for Growth in Asia’ held in Hyderabad on 14 February 2014, this is another initiative of ours. We are hopeful that the faint light will soon smile upon us and eventually open up into the vibrant sunlight. We have the trust, faith and willingness to serve in the best possible manner. Take one small step with us and explore that unexplored bright new world.

Keep Inspiring- Keep Growing!

Gaurav Arora

GRVpic_blogGaurav Arora is a Professional Certified Coach,and is currently the President of ICF HyderabadChapter– The only charter chapter in India and also on the Editorial Board of the ICF Hyderabad Chapter. He is also the Director – Coaching Council, The Conference Board. He is also a host of an online talk show ‘Coaching Matters’ – An exclusive show for the aspiring and     credentialed coaches. He is an expert in Leadership Coaching and Team Coaching. Linkedin Profile.

3 Ways to help your community experience Coaching

 

With more than 25,000 members in 100-plus countries around the world, the International Coach Federation is a truly global organization. However, thanks to the efforts of ICF Chapters, such as ICF Hyderabad, we are able to have a local impact, leveraging the power of coaching in individual communities around the world.

As we celebrate International Coaching Week (ICW) 2014, I invite you to help increase the visibility, impact and understanding of coaching in your community by helping the members of your personal and professional network “Experience Coaching” firsthand.

Here are three ways that you can help your community experience coaching during ICW:

  1. Share the gift of pro bono coaching. Volunteer your time and talents and provide coaching services, free of charge, to members of your community. During ICW, some coaches set up “coaching cafes”—free, impromptu laser coaching sessions at a local coffee shop or other gathering place. You can also reach out to a local school, university or nonprofit organization to find out if an individual or group of individuals could benefit from your coaching services.
  2. Spread the word about professional coaching. Help share the benefits of professional coaching—and clear up misconceptions about what coaching is and is not—by giving a public presentation, writing a letter to the editor of a local newspaper or publishing a coaching-themed post on your own blog during ICW.
  3. Network with the business community. You already know that professional coaching can develop stronger leaders, better communicators, more productive employees and increasingly positive people. Share this knowledge with members of the business community by attending local networking events. You could even partner with your fellow coaches to host a networking reception for local professionals where you share information about the benefits of coaching and offer demonstrations of masterful coaching.

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Damian Goldvarg

2014 ICF Global Chair Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D., MCC, has more than 15 years of experience as an Executive Coach working   with individuals and organizations around the globe. He is an expert in cultural competence and in the development of minority executives in the United States. Connect with him on LinkedIn.