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Coaching originated from the athletic realm where an elite athlete worked with a coach to excel and perfect the skill of the sport for competition and to win. Imagine someone working with you to support you to reach your highest potential. Athletic coaching requires a content specialist. The coaching described below requires a specialist in provoking thought and focuses on organizations and individuals ready to work with someone who will provide the support that will move them toward what is important . The skill and profession of coaching has grown into many specialties that HGI offers.
Coaching is a creative process in which candid dialogue, probing questions and deep listening support the emergence of expanded vision, clarity of purpose, aligned action and achieving
what is important to you.
As an executive, you are the ultimate decision maker. You are key to creating and holding the vision and are relied upon to keep a high-level and future focused perspective. You set the tone for the organizational success, culture and atmosphere.
As a military leader recently said “The more you advance in an organization, the stronger your soft skills need to be. You must have the trust of those who work with you”. They need to know that you have what it takes to keep the business solid and to make wise decisions. Executive coaching helps you, as a leader in your field, move from good to great by encouraging you to use your elite interpersonal and professional skills to the benefit of the organization and individuals alike and to hone those skills even further.
This type of coaching focuses on challenging senior leaders toward continuous innovation and provocative visioning and moving the organization toward long term sustainable success while keeping the focus on the high level vision.
You are a leader at this level if it is your role to operationalize the goals and within your scope of influence. You are results focused. You need excellent skills as a strategist and heightened communication skills in your role as people developer and relationship builder. The leaders of tomorrow are the following:
Visionary: one who is grounded in values
Influencer: one who inspirers
Community builder: one who invites differences
Collaborator: one who seeks innovation
Strategist: one who calibrates responsibilities and accountability.
Another mark of a great leader is a high level of self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Leadership coaching can help you maximize those qualities. It can catapult you to work to your greatest potential.
The following are some examples of what Leadership coaching often focuses on: balance of task and relationship, systems thinking (understanding the connection of all components of an organization and how they fit together), process improvement, people development, team development, stakeholder influence, customer relationship management, productivity enhancement, profitability, performance management, strategic planning, innovation and project management.
LEADS in a Caring Environment Coaching
LEADS in a Caring Environment coaching for health care professionals and organizations is for you if you are a healthcare professional and are a leader in any of the following categories: frontline, mid-level, senior level or executive level leader as well as a self-directed leader. When you are ready to move to the next level of professional development, want to enhance your leadership skills or achieve a goal this coaching will support your intention.
LEADS can occur for individual leaders, teams and the organization. The LEADS capability framework is used as a foundation of the coaching.
The focus is typically on enhancing the domains of the LEADS framework: leads self, engages others, achieves results, develops coalitions, and system transformation. The LEADS 360 evaluation may be used as a pre and post measure to track your goal achievement.
Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Coaching Connections http://www.cma.ca/coachingconnections is the latest leadership service developed by the CMA to support physicians. Managing the pressures and demands of today's health care system presents challenges for all leaders, including physicians. One increasingly popular tool that helps leaders develop their skills and manage complex change is professional coaching. The CMA is pleased to offer a new service whereby physicians can access a group of qualified and experienced professional coaches. Using a collaborative, non-threatening and progressive approach, coaches can help you:
address your strengths and weaknesses
grow professionally and personal
identify and consider solutions so you can reach your true leadership potential
CMA's professional coaching services are tailored to your individual needs. Coaching can happen in person or on the phone and in one or multiple sessions. You will select the coach from CMA’s qualified list who best suits your needs and then negotiate the scope of the contract*, starting with the established rates, directly with that coach. Coaching is not an easy process. It requires time, effort and building a strong relationship with the coach. Your own commitment to change is a powerful indicator of the likelihood that coaching will help bring out the best in you. Seeking a practical, results-orientated approach to enhancing your performance and advancing your career?
You might benefit from Business coaching if you are looking to bring your thriving business to the next level or if you are just starting out and would like to ensure steady progress and achieve your business goals more quickly. Any business owner, manager or partner with a business ranging from large, complex and multi-sited to one person owned and operated may wish to engage a Business coach.
Business coaching can aid you in identifying the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities related to your business and help you to act from there. Business coaches can support the entrepreneur in many areas such as the following:
- identification of resources, potential partners and supports
- research endeavors
- creation of a viable business plan
- priority and realistic target setting
- branding, marketing and development strategies and activities
Business coaching focuses on any aspect of your business and encourages creative thinking and effective action leading to optimal business success.
Equine Facilitated Coaching
Equine facilitated Executive Coaching is for executives, leaders, and anyone who wants to explore leadership potential outside the board room, classroom, or office. Equine Facilitated Executive Coaching leverages the unique and powerful experiential learning opportunities to be found in the company of horses. In the presence of horses, our whole brain/body awareness grows exponentially; we are freed from the limitations of left brain thinking to engage with our whole sensing apparatus: intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Interacting with horses on the ground, understanding their culture, learning their language and playing horse games by horse rules, enables a unique perspective – a mirror, a metaphor of who we are in the world. Most significantly, it also sets the stage for enhanced learning through, what neuroscientists call, attention density - the act of bringing and enlarging focus such that new neural pathways can be built.
Horses give us feedback in ways that humans do not, will not, or cannot. In equine-facilitated sessions Evelyn acts as facilitator, translator and co-coach creating the safety and optimal environment for you to meet the Equine Coach and to encounter yourself.
Team retreats and sessions are also available. Take the lessons learned "in the herd" back to the office and incorporate them into the workplace.
Coaching Coaches (Mentor Coaching)
Are you a new aspiring coach ready to apply your skills and move into your career with easy and grace, or a seasoned coach open to expanding your expertise and going deeper? Many new coaches step on the threshold of coaching after their formal training and are faced with new questions. Seasoned coaches know that ongoing coaching for themselves is critical in expanding their horizons and fine tuning their skills.
Coaching coaches is often referred to as mentor coaching where the mentor coach brings years of practice, expertise and wisdom to the coaching relationship. This coaching may include some mentoring, shared resources or experiential exercises and often challenges the coach beyond the current boundaries.
The focus is often on mental models that no longer fit an expanded mind of a coach as progression in the career advances. Exploring and working with business models and goal setting to meet future objectives may be one of the focuses. Deepening the self-wisdom connection and overcoming challenges is always present in this coaching relationship.
Life/Self Leadership Coaching Life or Individual coaching is for you if are ready to move toward something that is important to you or are in transition, if you would like to clarify some things for yourself or make a change in your life but you are unsure of how to do that or if you would benefit from some focused professional support in doing it. Maybe you want to discover who you are when at your best, what your best life is, how you can tap into your talents, or how you can build a community that resonates with what matters most to you.
A Life or Individual coach can help you to gain clarity and articulate what it is you want to be doing, how to go about doing it and then support you in following through with it. This type of coaching is advantageous when you are ready to move forward, if you feel stuck or if you are facing change of any sort. The process ensures that you see your progress by supporting you to reflect on where you are currently, where you were and where you want to be.
Life or individual coaching focuses on you and your goals – whatever you see as important. This service is typically used by high achievers, strong performers, or those ready to challenge themselves and achieve their goals. Example areas of focus might be the following: energy management, time management, communication skills, skill building, advanced education, career building, community or relationship strengthening, wellness goals, and achieving what you really want to be doing in your life or your career.
For specialized coaching on creating your personal profile or if considering a transition, visit the Personal Profile page.
A spiritual coach might be for you if you would like to find ways to integrate your spiritual beliefs and practices into your daily life and are interested in deepening your spiritual journey or finding your own unique path.
This approach can also assist you if you would like to take steps towards a specific spiritual goal, such as converting to a new religion or seeking a spiritual teacher. Spiritual Coaching can offer support during a difficult transition spiritually and can encourage you to focus on what really matters to you. This coaching focuses on the individual as a spiritual being and is concerned primarily with the inner world of that person. It may also assist in expressing the essence of that internal world in our external world.
Because coaching is not advising or teaching the coach acts as a neutral and skilled reflection partner and does not bring their own beliefs into the relationship. Spiritual coaches can help you to identify what your beliefs really are and to connect with something deeper and meaningful to you.
If you are exploring new ideas for your career, feeling uninspired by your current career or in transition from a job that has ended, working with a career coach will help you explore options that you may never have considered.
Career coaching examines what skills, talents, knowledge, experience and interests you have to determine a course for further exploration; the process may include skill, interests and personality evaluations. A look at what you enjoy and what you do not enjoy as well as how you wish to live your life are important considerations.
The focus is to find the best fit of a career for you –one that resonates with your values and natural talents and gives you pleasure. A popular saying is “find what you love to do and you will never work another day in your life.” Once established the coach will help you strategize and support you to reaching your career goals.
Organizations looking at moving toward a cultural shift, merging, downsizing, large growth plans or intent on a new organizational wide focus will find working with this coach approach beneficial.
Organizational coaching is best implemented at the onset of the visioning and critical in the planning stages as well as holding the focus on the process. This method uses a systems thinking and organizational development approach. This may include exploring what the culture looks like when at its best, examining reality and what is currently effective, and planning strategies to move the organization towards its desired results.
The focus is on the vision and best results for smooth implementation, collaboration, critical thinking, sustainability and effective resource management. Building the internal capacity within the organization is a principle often woven into the process.
Do you learn best with others through dialogue, experimentation and from building enriching relationships? Is your learning better when it’s happening right when you need it? Are you interested in applying your classroom learning in a practical way to continue to learn and integrate the theory introduced in a classroom? Coaching Triangles will support this style of learning in a way that is as unique as you and your learning partners.
A coaching Triangle consists of 3 self-select partners who invite each other to learn together. Typically the learning partners use a coach approach through peer coaching however they may also mentor, share resources, teach, and work on a project or share meaningful dialogue. On the onset you may wish to work with a coach to help you maximize your potential until you are ready to work on your own. The Tri-namics resource book can be used to support the triangles evolution.
The focuses may be on the individual or collective goals and desired experience of three self-directed learning partners. Triangles often form as a follow-up to formal learning. This integrates the new knowledge into day to day activities and goals and sustains the learning. Triangles also form around mutual interests, projects or complimenting interests. They have been widely used for leadership development.
Teams are not just groups of people. You are a team if you have a common goal or interest and you work together to achieve it. When working as a successful team, your activities, as a member of the team, are all attached to the intersection, where your interests meet – and to your collective vision. A highly functioning team has a synchronicity that allows both you, as an individual team member, and the team as a whole to attain your goals.
Team coaching can help your group become a team or it can enhance the momentum and success of your already strong team. It fosters the collective energy to bring vibrancy to your vision and to increase your capacity to achieve your goals efficiently and with greater ease.
Team coaching focuses on enhancing team functioning and team relationships. This may include a variety of facilitated team development including assessments, observations, and coaching.
Mentors and mentees benefit from working with a coach to improve the value and effectiveness of their mentoring partnership, help them focus on mutual goals, and bring richness to the relationship that enhances both performance and growth.
Peer coaching is a methodology of communication between 2 or more colleagues or friends who intend to assist each other through using a coach approach and coaching dialogue as a way of communicating with thought provoking questions, critical thinking and innovation. The outcome may be clarification of what is important or goal achievement. Taking a coaching program prior to practising this methodology will enhance your understanding of coaching and provide critical skills and a model that you can use in this process. Peer coaching supported by a coach on the onset accelerates the peers’ coaching skills and enhances the process. The professional coach will support the practice and move away when the skills are advanced.
Self-coaching comes from a curious mindset with the intention to understand yourself better, allowing you to live a fully engaged life and make wiser decisions. The coaching focus can be minor or life changing. The process involves being a neutral observer of yourself, asking yourself clarifying questions, examining your mental models and values, and reflecting on your thoughts. In this approach, you learn to listen deeply for your own answers and expand your horizons. Like all coaching, the process moves you, toward what is important to you. When self-coaching, you may like to journal, draw, record your thoughts or create a picture board to help you look at your thoughts from a different perspective. The Tri-Namics™ resource book is a tool that has many self-coaching exercises for you to experiment with if you wish to provoke your thinking and advance quickly. You may also like to work with a coach first or take a coaching course to gain a greater understanding of the concept and process.