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Widely acknowledged as a powerful development tool, coaching is used by an increasing number of organisations to develop the talent they need to meet their business strategy. Yet whilst phrases like coaching culture and leader as coach have entered common business language and the awareness of the benefits coaching can bring to business performance has grown, so too have the myths surrounding it.
Here we debunk five of the most common coaching myths we come across.
Myth 1: Coaching only suits, and is given to, very senior executives.
The reality: In a survey by Sherpa, just 30% of organisations reported they used coaching only for senior executives. Coaching can help with a number of business challenges; developing high potentials, supporting individuals who have been promoted into bigger roles, helping managers lead their team through change effectively, developing resiliency, accelerating the pace at which maternity leave returners get back up to speed, equipping first time managers with the skills to be effective leaders. As none of these business challenges are experienced only by those at the C-suite level, reserving coaching only for a select senior group is somewhat limiting. While the content may be different, all levels of employee, certainly all managers and leaders in an organisation, can benefit from a coaching approach to management. ...click 'Read More'
by Suzie Doscher,
As Henry Ford so wisely stated: "If you think you can, or cannot - either way you are right".
In other words if you think and therefore believe something to be true, then it is your truth.
If you are not quite 'the person you want to be,' then it pays off to find out if it is a thought (belief) holding you back.
The thought could be anything from 'I do not know how,' 'I do not have any support,' 'I do not know where to start,' 'I am uncertain about this,' etc. ... Click 'Read More' below
Anyone who’s ever been stuck at brunch listening to someone bragging about a date they had the night before knows how important and elusive self-awareness can be.
The term itself is loaded and complicated. The Oxford English dictionary defines it simply as “conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires.” But there is a lot more to self-awareness than being in touch with yourself.
The power and challenges of self-awareness
The power of being self-aware is that it helps you become conscious of your own habits and decide if you need to change them. It also helps you realize when you’ve told a joke that quite didn’t land or pushes you to speak louder when you sense that someone can’t quite hear you. But it’s a difficult balance; becoming too self-conscious can be just as dangerous as not being aware enough of your own tendencies. ...Click 'Read More' below
The Science of Positive Thinking: How Positive Thoughts Build Your Skills, Boost Your Health, and Improve Your Work
By James Clear
Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But “positive thinking” is also a soft and fluffy term that is easy to dismiss. In the real world, it rarely carries the same weight as words like “work ethic” or “persistence.”
But those views may be changing.
Research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile.
The impact of positive thinking on your work, your health, and your life is being studied by people who are much smarter than me. One of these people is Barbara Fredrickson.
Fredrickson is a positive psychology researcher at the University of North Carolina, and she published a landmark paper that provides surprising insights about positive thinking and its impact on your skills. Her work is among the most referenced and cited in her field, and it is surprisingly useful in everyday life.
Let’s talk about Fredrickson’s discovery and what it means for you...
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by Suzie Doscher
The reason I feel this way is my opinion that in order to think positive, a positive mindset is necessary. Naturally even positive thinkers can have moments of drifting off into negative thoughts. Their strength is to return to a more positive approach rather than go the place of doom and gloom of a negative thinker.
To ‘Just think positive’ it is necessary to have a positive mindset.
When you are struggling to stay positive about something, you are probably feeling stressed. This might be the result of feeling uncertain or lacking clarity about the situation, person or project, or any number of other reasons. So when I hear that the advice given by a helpful, supportive friend or colleague was ‘Just think positive’, I want to ask: “And exactly how do you suggest your friend or colleague does this while feeling stressed?” Click 'Read More' below
by Suzie Doscher
Learning how to respond to a situation rather than reacting brings huge rewards. Needless to say, it is one of those behaviour changes that are easier said than done. However, it can be achieved.
Being able to respond to /act upon means you are in a mindful place - a place where you are aware of your thoughts and feelings. This means you have considered the situation and the response that best suits you.
To be able to 'respond' means you are choosing your behaviour .
To 'react' indicates that a button has been pushed – something triggered you not to take the time to think and consider your response. This can often leave you in a position at the mercy of others. ...Click 'Read More' below
Great article by Kevin Daum as seen on Inc.com.
Full of realistic practical tips.
If you start by picking the easiest one for you to follow through with you are already on the way.. add the others as time goes by..one by one. Suzie Doscher
A while back, I wrote a column with tips on how to start a great day. What I neglected to mention is that the best way to make sure your day has a solid start is to have a great ending to the day before. If you finish your day stressed and worried about loose ends, it will impact your time at home as well as your sleep. String a few of these unhappy endings together and you’ll watch your productivity plummet like a rock.
You can solve this problem with a small paradigm change. Focus as much or more energy on ending your days well and you’ll start each day more rested and vibrant. Here are seven simple tips to help you finish right so you can start the next day with a clear mind and a happy heart. ... Click 'Read More' below
By Mathias Jakobsen
Being a leader is a big, complicated job. Even with years of practice, there are new teams to figure out, new challenges to overcome, new techniques to apply.
And yet a lot of people are still promoted to positions of leadership because they perform well as individual contributors.
But should someone who is a great writer be promoted to manage a whole staff of writers because she is great at writing? Should someone who is good at financial analysis be expected to lead an entire team based on his skill as an analyst? Why would we assume that doing one job well predicts success in an entirely different capacity? ...Click 'Read More' below
Comment by Suzie Doscher:
I enjoyed reading this article written by a fellow coach.
I never understand the reasons that companies do not offer more one-to-one coaching for their employees.
As Liz Hall states: "However, if an individual gets the right support, they can not only recover from a breakdown, but also become more self-aware and more resilient as a result." I will add that burnout's / breakdowns can possible be avoided if the support is offered early enough.
Offer your employees a safe place to talk openly knowing the info will remain confidential offers untold amount of benefits - not only to the employee but also the company. If your employees are in good shape, your company can be in good shape!
I suggest it to read the article to gain a good understanding of how beneficial one-to-one support can be especially if it is company-sponsored. When an employee has to pay out of their own pocket in order to be able to give the company their best, what will be lost is motivation and loyalty to the company. No wonder there is so much employee turnover! ...Click 'Read more' below
by Suzie Doscher, Professional Life and Executive Coach
I have witnessed all too often with friends, family, clients, and in my own life, how easy it is to go in circles or bang your head against the same wall when you try to get something done. It feels like you are blocked. You keep ending up in the same place, repeating the same patterns.
A coaching client of mine never quite achieved the goals he set for himself. Despite taking proactive steps, he still ended up going around in circles. On one level, he believed in the success of his project. Yet deep down inside, a little voice kept repeating, “What is the point? You will not succeed anyway." ...Click 'Read More' below