Your Goal-Setting Toolkit: What, How and When To Use The Tools!

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This article about our goal-setting tools was written in answer to a request for more information on how to use our toolkits more effectively. But these articles are also helpful if you’re looking for a coaching process to follow, want to create a Coaching Program or workshop or perhaps simply want some new coaching tool ideas for your toolkit!

In this article we describe each goal-setting tool in the toolkit, its purpose, how and when to use it, give additional tips AND identify which tools work in coaching sessions, as homework, in workshops or teleseminars and group coaching!

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Do You Secretly Procrastinate? Plus Healthy Procrastination in 5 Easy Steps...

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Procrastination is not the “black or white” issue I had previously thought; it’s not that we are either a “procrastinator” or a “doer” – we can be both. You see, I recently discovered (after 10 years of personal development and coaching) that I was a secret procrastinator. I say secret because I HAD NO IDEA I regularly procrastinated.

Instead I considered myself a “do-er”, someone who can be relied upon to do what they say they will. In the last 10 years alone I’ve moved country, changed careers, built a successful business from scratch, moved again to a small island, Read More…

12 Types of Difficult Participants You May Meet in Group and Team Coaching and How to Deal With Them | By Jennifer Britton

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When expanding the coaching conversation beyond our individual coaching engagements to team or group coaching, many new and experienced coaches are concerned with facing difficult participants. For each one of us “difficult” looks a little different.

The idea of working with difficult participants is a perspective. It is important to remember that tricky issues will emerge in a group or team coaching engagement when people do not feel safe, valued or heard. This points to the importance of building trust and connection amongst your group members and spending time early on getting to know them.

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Here Are 13 Ways To Boost Your Coaching Relationships!

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The best coaching comes not from the coach with the most advanced coaching skills, but from the best coaching relationships. For a client to show who they really are – being vulnerable enough to trust you their hopes, fears and what they dream of – they must feel safe with you. They need to relate to you and trust you, they need to feel that you support them without judgement and see the best in them – not matter what.

What are the benefits of strong coaching relationships? Well, when you have strong coaching relationships, your clients will achieve Read More…

Dr. Albrecht's 5 Types of Fears - What We're Really Afraid Of...

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Whilst some of our fears are basic survival and pain-avoidance, many fears – as we know – are literally in the mind (how many of you are creeped out by the picture of the spider?). And while there are lots of articles out there which list our fears and phobias, it’s hard to find a good article that helps us chunk up those fears into useful categories. If we were to group fears together – to try and understand the TYPES of fears we have, what would that look like?

Well, recently I found that a favourite thinker of mine, Read More…

Here are 7 Reasons You Might Want to Get Your Own Coach! | By Guest Author Kerryn Griffiths

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Arguably one of the best coaching tools of all is simply to have your own coach. Kerryn Griffiths, champion of peer and mentor coaching explains why she believes coaching is so essential for coaching in this week’s article. Read on!

When I’m looking for a coach, it’s essential to me that my coach has a coach of their own. Coaching is not about ‘fixing’ something that’s broken – it’s about being the best you can be – and if I’m taking on a coach to help me be at my best, I want to be sure that they Read More…

12 Leadership Qualities, Using Coaching to Develop Leadership, Tools to Help You!

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I’ve noticed an increase in the requests for Leadership Tools over the last 18 months or so. With a challenging economy for so many businesses, more transparency via social media and the internet (disgruntled customers and employees make their thoughts and experiences public!), and more and more reports that prove leadership qualities are good for the bottom line – organizations want leaders!

But what’s interesting is that when I ask what leadership tools people are looking for, or what they want help with – I’m getting a big fat zero. Businesses want leaders, leaders want coaches, and coaches want tools Read More…

How To Use The Cartesian Questions, Plus *New* Tool!

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This month we’re looking at back-to-school, goals and getting refocused. Now, I have loved “The Cartesian Questions” ever since I first came across them on my NLP Training. What prompted me to write about the Cartesian Questions was a powerful coaching experience I had with them last week…

First, What Are “The Cartesian Questions”? (and why you should care!)

In coaching, the Cartesian Questions Tool is a set of 4 questions that help your clients get new perspectives and understanding of what inspires and blocks them in making a decision – or seeking a particular goal. Use this tool Read More…

Dive Back Into Work and School With These 5 Key Goal-Setting Elements! | By Guest Author Jennifer Britton

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As the summer draws to a close for those of us in the northern hemisphere, people are gearing up for back to school and work. It’s a great time to be working with our clients on goals – and whether you are an individual, team or group coach, goal-setting is a foundational piece of our work with coaching clients. This article explores five key elements of goal-setting.

1. Which Goal-Setting Framework?

Many of us work with our clients around setting SMART Goals, goals which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant or Resonant and Time-bound. SMART goals allow clients to articulate goals Read More…

Want to take the Summer off? Who Do You Want To Be In September Anyway?

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One of my goals this year was to share more of my “self” and tell more of my story. I long to, as cherished and recently departed Maya Angelou put it, “… write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

Stories help us connect with others – and they help us learn. We learn from other people’s successes and mistakes. And when someone stands up and shows who they are, we recognize ourselves and also recognize what we are NOT, so stories help people understand who they are too.

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