Sharing Our SPT Values with Our Community

What I LOVE about our company is that we actually walk our talk. And, I love hearing from others that this is their experience of us as a company. When we had our company meeting in January, we created a process from which we declared our Source Point Training company values. We worked together to align on a definition for each Value that worked for each of us:

Accountability: To take personal responsibility and be in ownership for all outcomes created, recognizing we are the source of 100% of our results.

Respect: To live the value of respect by celebrating and embracing the unique gifts that every human being contributes.

Leadership: To evoke trust in self and in others, enrolling them in committed action as architects of change.

Vision: To trust and believe in a future possibility that generates committed action, and attracts the resources to manifest it into reality.

Communication: To promote clarity and exchange information, thoughts, ideas and feelings effectively, to create connection.

deskWe then gathered symbols that represented each of these values. This picture shares those symbols and is a visual anchor to keep us focused on each one of them. And I can state that we refer to these values frequently in our company communication and in our commitment to living in integrity with what Source Point Training stands for – facilitating revolutionary change!

So often, we simply throw out the word value ~ but aren’t really clear about what it means to us. The definition of a VALUE is freely and consciously chosen (from alternatives) guiding principles that encompasses every area of life. This makes choices in setting priorities, choosing relationships and spending time and energy so much easier. Asking yourself “Is this choice aligned with my declared value?” If so, great, go for it ~ if not, than no. Living aligned with our values in every area of our lives takes commitment. However, when you do you will feel so much more harmony and you will attract others to you who respect and align with your values which reduces stress and conflict as a result. Take time this week to reflect and ask yourself the following:

What are my values?

When did I last review my values? Personal, Family, Business?

Did I take the time to specifically declare and define what my values are?

Have I written them down and share them with my family and business associates?

How am I allocating time to live them each day of my life?

Perhaps you can also do what we did– find symbols that represent each of your values and place them in a visible space for all to connect with. Take a picture of the items and put it on your refrigerator, bathroom mirror, computer, etc. EVERYWHERE to keep in your consciousness! If you do, people will say to you, “I admire that you walk your talk!”

Lou Dozier, Co-Founder & Executive VP

Why Become A Coach Now?

hoopMany of us have heard the stories of where coaching originated — in the fields of business and sports. Athletes have been using sports coaches for years to greatly improve their performance. Michael Jordan had a ‘shooting’ coach (as well as 5 other coaches) to win six championship rings and numerable MVP awards. Of course, he is extremely talented, and I’m taking a stand that he also became great because of individual coaching.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) has conducted the first worldwide survey of coaching clients. This survey reveals coaching generates a solid return on investment for clients and creates positive changes in client goal areas for both individuals and companies.

Companies that use or have used professional coaching for business reasons have seen a median return on investment of seven times their initial investment. An overwhelming majority of individuals who worked with a professional coach (82.7%) report being “very satisfied” with their coaching experience and (96.2%) said they would repeat it given the same circumstances.

“The bottom line is coaching works!” says Karen Tweedie, President, ICF. “The ICF has promoted the incredible benefits of coaching for nearly 15 years, but now we have this important data to support our claims which is based on independent, comprehensive qualitative and quantitative research.”

Coaching works and it is not limited to athletics, personal training or corporate endeavors. The coaching process officefocuses on desired goals and developing a strategy, competency and the commitment on the part of the client to create the results they want. Coaching is the “missing ingredient” in creating sustainable change. Accountability and co-creation between the client and coach create the winning recipe to make lasting changes.

Coaching is recognized as one of the fastest growing professions over the next five years particularly as individuals, both personal and professional – are committed to maximizing their performance. The time is now to become prepared to be a part of this growing profession.

The Source Institute is accepting applications NOW for our upcoming Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coaching trainings. Space is limited. This will be one learning experience that will give YOU a ROI (return on your investment) year over year.

Our commitment is to create an environment of committed individuals forming a community of life-long learners. The time is now for you to join this select group of individuals — committed to developing their skills as a performance coach — and experience our foundational coach’s training, accredited by the International Coach Federation for 84.5 hours of Continuing Coach Education units. Register online at or contact me at [email protected] to become a part of the coaching wave of the future today!

Tommy Ruff, Director of The Source Institute


What are You leaving in Your Wake?

What are you leaving in your wake?

We all have special people who come into our lives, some for short periods of time and some for a lifetime. This past weekend, I took part in sending forth Father Nicholas, our Pastor of 15 years, on to his new mission for ministering. As I sat and listened to his final homily, I realized the magnitude of his final gift to our parish family.

He told of a young man who was feeling conflicted in his life. The young man had great material success and yet was feeling incomplete. As he and his priest continued to talk, his priest asked him “What are you committed to?” The young man did not want to get into some deep religious conversation. The priest continued, “Everyone has a religion of some sort. Everyone functions from a grand operating principle. Mostly that principle can be inferred by the wake they leave behind as they pass through their life. Like the wake of a boat tells where it’s been.”

This gave me cause to pause and reflect. If I looked back at my “wake,” what would I see? What was part Wakeof my wake last week, last month and last year? Are my choices and actions creating the wake I intend to create for myself and others? If I were to ask others about my wake, what would they say about what I am creating?

As Father Nicholas continued, being a man of great theology, he said “The gifts given and received make people what they are – the reciprocity of giving, receiving and grace. It is how love begets love, zeal produces zeal, and generosity engenders giving.”

On the ride home, my mind was swirling with inquiry and looking back over the last several years at my “wake.” Several moments stood out for me. There was a clear theme, along with a highlight experience, in my wake — service. Service has always been in my bones. What I got to realize on my beautiful ride home through the Pennsylvania countryside was that my wake became so much fuller after my completion of my Performance Coach training back in 2006. I saw how much more of me became available including the ability to better share my gifts with others. I realized the incredible gifts of love and support I received from others that made it possible to make the career change into having my own coaching business. My love of service, while having been there all my life, clearly showed up much more powerfully, fuller and broader than ever before. Through my experience of becoming a Performance Coach, not only did I receive the best skills and tools available, my way of being with people grew and shifted to a new level of authenticity. It was truly a profound personal and professional experience – a major part of my wake.

I invite you to take time to look at your wake!

What can you do more of in creating your wake?

What will you do less of in order to focus energy on creating your wake?

What is missing for you and still left unfinished in your life?

Consider asking five people what they see as your wake.

What steps are you willing to take to create the legacy that will be remembered by others?

How will you take action today to leave your legacy that makes a difference in the world?

Share Your Experience & impact of YOUR wake!

Ginny Carter