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Coaching Mastery: Best Practices

Posted by Julia Stewart

Blue Ribbon Coach? What are the best practices that one might expect in a master coach?

In other words, what are "blue ribbon practices"? At SCM, we use the IAC Ethical Principles as a guideline for what's acceptable (and hopefully at least legal) behavior in a professional coach. But that's not always enough.

What are the practices that best represent professional coaching?

This is a project that we are embarking on at SCM, so our coaches have clear guidelines for what's expected of mastery coaches. Best practices in the coaching profession would go much further than ethical principles. I think they also include courtesy, following through on promises, going the extra distance with service. We need specific examples to help guide our coaches, so they can show up as the very best in their demeanor as well as in their coaching skills.

I'll be checking in with SCM's Board of Advisors, as well as with our Ad Hoc Advisors and some of our advanced coaches, but I'd love your input as well. What represents "Best Practices" for you as a coach? Put another way, when have you observed a coach behaving in a way that truly inspires you? Think of the coaches you really admire and and imagine what it would take for you to show up at that level. What are the qualities and specific actions involved in "blue ribbon coaching"?

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If you don't mind taking a moment, please add a comment below. Thanks! 

Topics: professional coach, Coaching, professional coaching, coach, coaching skills, IAC

Coaching Tip: Coach Who They're Becoming, Not Who They've Been

Posted by Julia Stewart

The PresidentsIf I were to make a short list of important coaching skills, this one would be near the top.

People naturally fill the shoes you lay out for them. When you coach any client, it's really important to coach them from the standpoint of who they are becoming, not who they are at this moment, or who they have been. You'll always have a bigger, more productive conversation, if you do. Your client will grow faster and achieve their goals. They will love you for it.

I learned this because one of the best coaches I ever had, failed this towards the end and I felt the result. In the beginning, she was my greatest champion and I absolutely blossomed with her coaching and naturally stepped up to the next iteration of me. Fabulous!

Problem was, I grew quickly and she continued to coach that last iteration. Eew. That doesn't work. I soon lost interest and moved on to a new coach.

Imagine coaching Barack Obama as if he were still a freshman senator. Then again, imagine coaching him in 2004 as if he were the next President of the United States.

And yes, our leaders in government have their own coaches. How else would they get to the top? 

photo by BL1961 Flickr Creative Commons 

Topics: Coaching, coach, Coaching Tip, coaching skills, Barack Obama

Coaching for Non-Coaches: Career Czar Podcast

Posted by Julia Stewart

Career CzarIf you are interested in coaching, but don't want to become a "coachpreneur", the world has caught up with you.

You don't have to call yourself a coach in order to get paid to have transformative conversations, anymore. People in all kinds of professions and industries, from education, to healthcare, to the travel industry, are bringing coaching skills to work with them.

Can you imagine a world where everyone gets coached everyday, at work or at school? I can and I'm liking it!

This is one way you can increase your employ-ability and your promot-ability and love your job more. 

I had a chance to talk with Paul Bruno, the Career Czar(R), about coaching for non-coaches in his weekly show.  This short show will give you a few things to think about, as far as becoming a "a coach who doesn't call yourself a coach".

And if you think now is a good time to beef up your coaching skills and your resume, check out our Coach Launch program. It's designed for non-coaches who want to coach. 

Topics: Coaching, Career, coaching skills, coachpreneur, transformative conversations

How Coaching Skills Can Save Your Career

Posted by Julia Stewart

Coaching on the Job"People who are coaches will be the norm. Other people won't get promoted."- Jack Welch, CEO, General Electric

That's the story in a nutshell. People who work with people and know how to coach effectively will lead more productive teams and improve the company's bottom line. Their team members will report more job satisfaction and  fulfillment. Everybody wins.

However, you need to have a job before you can get promoted.

The current job market is one of the toughest that most of us have ever seen. If you're job has been automated or shipped overseas, or if you just don't fit the ideal employee profile that potential employers are searching for, you're probably wondering how you can reinvent yourself to succeed.

I won't tell you to become a coach.

Coaching as a profession really isn't for everyone, but coaching as a skill set is something everyone should consider, especially if you're looking for a way to make yourself more employable. And I'm guessing you might also prefer to have more fun, money, fulfillment, accomplishment, and job promotions, as well. Who wouldn't?

This article isn't for people who want to become professional coaches, unless you just like knowing that coaching skills will always make you more employable, in case you ever want to get a "regular" job again. I'm writing this for people who would benefit from upgrading their coaching skills, so they're more successful in other careers.

The numbers are impressive. 

At any given time, there are tens of thousands of job openings that require coaching skills.Yes, some of them are for sports coaches, but virtually every other type of position as well, from nurses, to chefs, to managers, to sales professionals, even to engineers! Go online and look for yourself. The problem is that most folks don't really know how to coach their people.

But what if you did? 

What if you used this time to invest in becoming an excellent coach? Not just by sitting in on a weekend course, but by practicing and working at becoming an effective coach? It's just a thought. 

  • If you've ever wondered how you could inspire your people to do their very best
  • Or how to get the information you need without interrogating people
  • Or if you've ever wondered how leading a productive team could be fun, and at the same time help you finish projects on or ahead of schedule and still bring in more money for the company.
  • Or maybe you've wondered if it's possible to wake up on Monday morning anticipating another great work week.
  • Or maybe you've just wondered how to motivate twenty-somethings to show up for work looking and acting like professionals. A recent episode of 60 Minutes summed it up nicely:

Stop bossing and start coaching!

Coaching is still one of the professions that's growing, despite the economy and for good reason. When done well, it makes a huge difference. And you can do it well, if you learn what to do and practice it in the right environment. Again, it's just a thought.


Topics: business coach, coach training, become a coach, free coach training, make a living as a coach, coaching success, coach, coaching skills, coaching career, communication

Coaching for Habitat for Humanity

Posted by Julia Stewart

Habitat for HumanityIf you're interested in becoming a coach

...or you just want to add coaching skills to your resume - and you like doing a good deed, then you'll love this:

School of Coaching Mastery is presenting its signature coach training program for new coaches, Coaching Groundwork, for FREE! All you have to do it make an online contribution to Habitat for Humanity by March 30th and email us your receipt. You'll get to attend a special Coaching Groundwork course, live with Julia Stewart, SCM President on four consecutive days, March 30th - April 2nd.

Coaching Groundwork is normally $325. The most common feedback we get from this course is that people can't believe how much they learned in so short a time!

This is a rare opportunity to do something good and get something extremely valuable in return. And something that makes it extra special is that a benefactor will double your contribution to Habitat for Humanity!

To find out more and make your contribution, vist Coaching for Habitat.

Topics: Coaching, coach training, School of Coaching Mastery, become a coach, habitat for humanity, coaching skills, Julia Stewart, coach training program

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