Coach FEATURE: Meet Joseph D’Souza

Joseph D’Souza HeadshotWe continue to meet our fellow coaches, get inspired and build coach community with our "Meet the Coach" features! This month we meet Coach Joseph D'Souza from Australia.

About Joseph D’Souza:

Lives in: Melbourne, Australia

Type of Coach: Executive and Small Business Owners Coach

Describe your coaching business in one sentence: I am an Executive Coach and Small Business Owners Coach focusing on the synergy between the individual and their quests. I anchor my coaching conversations in 'who' my coaching counterpart is as a Human Being; how she or he derives fulfillment from their relational world – Human, Natural and Environmental; and how their Professional or Vocational world sustains their life as a whole.

Meet Joseph:

QUESTION 1: What one book should every coach read - and why?

There are many good coaching books ranging on the technically proficient, to theoretical, and purism of practice. I recommend reading as many as you can! Great coaching comes from a more holistic vocational yearning, and a grasp of a conscious awareness that potentiality needs to be tapped and released.

But the one book I would recommend every coach read is, "Jonathan Livingstone Seagull" by Richard Bach. This book is metaphor, allegory and symbol of the bigger picture all aspiring coaches could leverage for their own and their client's evolution.

QUESTION 2: Which website do you visit the most?

This varies depending on my needs. Limiting our choices is fraught with becoming conditioned to limited perspectives, and I believe in learning and education on an on-demand basis and as a discipline.

For its diversity of topics though, I am sure my web browser will reveal as my most frequent website visited!

QUESTION 3: Whom do you admire most?

The twentieth century thinker, and human being Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 to 1986) whose teachings I was introduced to when I was seven years old. Until today, no other human being has rivalled his influence on me.

I am still reflecting and learning about the impact of the conditioning of the mind, the quest for seeing clearly, and the discerning of what is real and what is not. And I have awoken to much from many other teachers too.

QUESTION 4: What's your vision for your life? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  • Verbatim from my own Vision Board: "Five years from now: Indulging in fulfilling presence, intoxicated with love of life, ROQUEing many lives."

QUESTION 5: What is your "big project" at the moment?

  • Taking The ROQUE Model (v6) more globally than it has ever been before.

QUESTION 6: What has been your most powerful moment in coaching so far?

As part of a High Performing Teams program at a nationwide bank in Australia, I had the privilege of being the Executive Coach to the CEO and his team. During a session with the CEO he expressed disappointment that I was including the topic of Myers Briggs Type Indicator, suggesting that it had been done to death in his organization.

Thankfully he was curious enough to allow me my plan. During a two-day event (plenary and one-on-one coaching) he came up to me and said: "That was the best ever MBTI experience. You opened my eyes to not only myself, but how I see others. Thank you does not express my gratitude enough."

QUESTION 7: What are your Top 3 favourite coaching tools and/or resources?

  1. The ROQUE Model and Coaching Methodology
  2. Your True North: Values, Strengths (Gallup), MBTI, EQ (Bar-on EQ360), ROQUE and Passions
  3. 5 Ways SWOT

QUESTION 8: What do you love most about being a coach?

Sitting at the feet of masters before me!

QUESTION 9: Tell us a secret about you...

I have this unconditional affinity – call it compulsion of the heart, for cross-species communication from human beings to animals to birds to plants and trees. I am happy that it may be called a madness!

QUESTION 10: If you could change one thing in our world, what would it be? And how would you go about it?

Myself. This continuously improves how I perceive others, the actions I take and decisions I make, and the effects and results I experience. Changing myself is at once a misleading term, an understated quest, and an almost naïve proposition.

To say it is a lifelong journey could be dangerously dismissive. But one has to start somewhere, and I started when I did!

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