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Your Summer Assignment is Here!

As we move into August, many families are taking vacations before the start of school.  Summer time is usually a time for more fun and relaxation for both parents and kids out of school.

Some of the best family memories are made during the summer; going on vacation, seeing relatives, camping, or making projects.  Kids seem to sprout like weeds during the summer months as their daily activities change.  Most of us have family memories to look back on and remember as we become adults.  I can remember my Dad declaring one summer day, “We are going on a picnic today and EVERYONE is going to have FUN!” in his loud declarative voice.

What families do and the traditions they have reflect their values.  I did not realize until I was much older the values that I got from my family.  As I matured, I began to develop my own values and … many of them were my family’s values.  Work hard and make a contribution, be generous, continue to learn new things as you grow, be honest and always respect others.  These were not just things my parents told me I should do – they were the things that they did too.

We all have our favorite childhood memories to look back on and share with our children.

As parents, we might assume that our day-to-day lives and special memories convey our values clearly to our children.  But that isn’t always the case.  A colleague of mine has a great way of articulating this, “Children are great observers, but lousy interpreters.”

As a Certified Family Coach, I often hear from parents “Of course my children know our family values.”  Then, when give an assignment to ask their children what their family values are, they are surprised at the responses they get.  Most simply put, values are chosen guiding principles to be lived in every area of life.  Values show up at home, at work, at school, on the playground and when you are alone.

Here’s a great activity for your family before the school-year routines return. Reflect on the last 7 days and write down things that stand out regarding:

  • How you distributed your time over those 7 days?  Work, recreation, service and supporting others, learning something new, housework, sleeping, exercising, time for TV, etc.
  • How much time during the week did you spend in each area?
  • What were the things you wanted to do but did not take time to do?

As you identify where and how you spent your time, what values do you connect to those activities?

For example;  if I am spending time studying in pursuit of a college degree, I value education.  If I volunteer weekly at a homeless shelter or food bank, I might value service or compassion.  If I am regularly planning family activities or opportunities to get together with extended family, I might value family.

A fun family activity that you can do is plan a time as a family to talk about what you value most.  Have everyone in the family share.  Kids might say… fun or sports. Start with sharing what values are in your own words including what it looks like to live each value.  Make it a fun activity – take a 3×5 card for each value and place the word on one side and and describe how you live it on the other side.  Then decorate the cards.  You can put them in a box and pull one each week to focus on “living” and “seeing/experiencing” that value for the week.  Values are to be lived and experienced; the ultimate walking the talk!

Enjoy the rest of the summer, sharing family time together, making memories and living your values.

Our best to you,

Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

Coaching Today’s Workforce – Part 1

BFAsia400This is the first in a 5-part series on coaching trends globally and how to create a coaching culture in your organization.  It includes the philosophy and coaching experience of Barbara Fagan, President of Source Point Training, and a recent survey conducted by the International Coach Federation just released in October 2016.  We hope you enjoy these insights and applications on how you can include coaching as a way of contributing to people and teams within your organization. 

As the year begins to come to a close and we look at what has been accomplished, many organizations are still doing “annual reviews”.  However, managing today’s workforce in a way that empowers them, has them see their contribution and provides coaching on areas where they can improve, is what most employees are looking for.  Today’s workforce wants to be in a place where they feel they gain the most benefit and are recognized for their contribution.  Hence, we see the high level of “job hopping” in today’s workforce.

This is why many organizations are investing in developing a coaching culture and training their managers how to effectively coach employees in timely ways.  Let’s face it – those of us in the old days HATED to have to do the annual review for our employees. In all the years I have coached, I still hear the dread at facing this task.  So learning to coach in the long run saves time and creates higher value with increased employee retention and contribution.

SmileWe hear more and more that many organizations are making the investment to train mangers and business leaders on appropriate coaching skills and tools. This is not another fad.  As many of you know having worked with Source Point Training – coaching has been around now for over 25 years.  It is no longer for executives in the C Suite or those who end up in the land of “poor performers”.

Business leaders and HR/TM/L&D professionals cannot expect managers and leaders to successfully use coaching skills without adequate training and time to practice those skills. It takes between three to six months to become comfortable with using coaching skills.

High-quality (and accredited) coach-specific training, like Source Point Training’s Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coaching, should be immersive and include opportunities for on-the-job learning.  It should emphasize practical application and self-exploration.  Managers/leaders and HR/TM/L&D practitioners who currently do not use coaching skills often desire to learn and use them.  Overall, more than four in five (82%) respondents to a recent survey conducted through the ICF on creating a coaching culture showed that managers who do not currently use coaching skills indicated that they would consider being trained.

Trends that drive demand for coaching.   Business respondents cited in recent ICF survey that:

 “Changing workplace environments means that more empathic leadership, shifting values regarding lifestyle, application of whole brain vs. left brain thinking, a move toward total transparency and greater use of smart technology will be necessary.”

“It’s empowering and enabling people to bring out their potential using powerful questioning and effective listening. Professional coaching will grow and each employee will have a coach.  It’s a growing area which can’t be ignored.”

 “In the next three to five years, coaching will be a required skill/competency for managers/leaders. Technology will be in place to monitor/measure a leader’s coaching ability.”

“As more employees work remotely, coaching will be that much more important to ensure that remote workers feel well-connected and still have opportunities to build skills and move up within a company.”

 “Impending retirements will create increased on-boarding needs for leaders coming into the organization as well as faster promotions through leadership ranks. I plan to institutionalize leader transition coaching starting now to set foundations for this to be part of how we do business in the coming years, as the needs will likely increase.”aadct

Source Point Training recommends:

  • Invest in an accredited coach training organization that is recognized by professional coaching associations. Our training is highly rated by both ICF and the Association of Coaching International.
  • Survey your management team to learn how coach training would support them to increase productivity and employee engagement.icfa
  • Ask employees to identify what coaching they need to increase job fulfillment and contribution.

Our best to you,

Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

Is this All there Is?

jokerThe New Year is behind us and we are all looking at the long year ahead.  This is the time many people begin to look at their careers and work environments and ask themselves, “Is this all there is?”

I remember many years ago when I was still working in the corporate environment, saying to co-workers, “I can’t stomach another budget review, project plan and feasibility analysis.” It just seemed as though I was doing the same thing over and over again. Where once these were exciting opportunities to demonstrate my capabilities, they had become just plain tiresome.   Nothing much has changed since that time because all businesses require the same basic tools to exist and people to provide them.

According to a recent survey conducted by LinkedIn Global Job Seeker Trends, people do not change jobs because of their bosses, lack of challenge, too much demand on them or even the pay.  Of 10,000 people surveyed on why they changed jobs, 45% indicated because they saw a lack of career opportunity.  I have coached many people through the years on how to make the most of their jobs and take responsibility for their career path.  Too often people expect their managers to guide them or let them know what is needed.  Many people wait for the right opportunity to shine.  However, if you ask most people who have become successful they will tell you it is because they took charge of their careers. They used every opportunity to look for and take on new challenges.  This does not always mean that you need to change jobs.

Here are some strategies that I have used in coaching when I have clients who find themselves stuck with a low libido when it comes to their careers:

  • First, remember that your job and career are only one part of your life. Look at all areas of your life to determine if this low level of energy and interest is in any other area of your life.  Perhaps you are facing the winter blues and nothing feels quite right.  If that is true, it is time to do an inventory of what brings you real meaning and a sense of purpose.  Are you a creative thinker and lacking opportunities to use that natural gift of yours?  Look around to see if there is a project waiting for you to take on at home or at work?  If it is at work, who can you enroll in some new thinking or ideas for change?  If at home, what would be your first step to get started?Bulb
  • Be willing to declare something new.  Iyanla Vanzant, a great writer, wrote the book In the Meantime in which she spoke of how people wait for the right time to take on their dreams and what they want.  There is no time like the present.  It has become even more relevant today with our rapidly changing times.  Look for opportunities at work to take on a new project. How do you find them?  Look for areas that others are complaining about but not taking action to change anything.  You can be the one to declare your intention to take it on.  Find something that needs changing that is really meaningful for you.  You must be truly interested in what you want to change or else it will become hard and eventually you will give up.  When you decide what you want to change and how that will make a difference, begin to enroll others in your ideas.  Each person in an organization can take the lead but it requires your commitment.  People who wait will not be seen as the people organizations want to move up their career ladder.
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate.  Share your intentions to advance your career with your managers.  Let them know you want to be challenged and to play your best game.  Identify areas you want to become more capable and let your manager know.  Ask for challenging assignments where you will need to stretch yourself and learn something new and be able to take more risks.  This will always benefit you as your career path develops.  Many mangers I have coached have shared that they wish their employees would ask them for more challenging assignments.  You must be willing to take the lead in your career.Smile
  • Get a coach.  Before changing careers one of the best investments you can make is to hire a coach.  Perhaps your organization has internal coaches available to assist you in your career development.  Almost 50% of organizations today have internal coaches or are planning to provide internal coaches for their employees.  A coach is a great resource to help you evaluate your strengths and what you really want to do to develop yourself and advance your career.  Source Point Training has been working with organizations over the last several years to provide coaching for employees within an organization who want to play a bigger game and contribute at higher levels but require coaching to develop their best strategy.

There are many opportunities for you to create exactly what you want in the year ahead.  The first step is to get off the bench and take the lead to determine what you want, where your greatest talents lie and enroll people to give you the opportunity to go for it and bring more excitement to what you do everyday.

With warmest gratitude, Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

Becoming a Coach – The In-Demand “Soft Skill”

FUNDAMENTALS AND MASTERY OF PERFORMANCE COACHING
ICF Approved Coach Certification Training

No longer solely for those wanting to open a Coaching Business!

The coaching profession is growing rapidly with high demands for independent business coaches as well as internal coaches employed within organizations.

successchartToday, gaining the skills of a coach isn’t solely about opening a coaching business. Many organizations are now realizing the importance of “soft skills” as a high priority equal to trade or academic knowledge.  These skills are now seen as strategic capabilities. Businesses today must focus on creating relationships in all areas of the business which means a values-driven culture, great communication skills and the ability to collaborate and share ideas effectively.

The principles of Source Point Training have been coaching for over 25 years and have trained and certified professional coaches  recognized by the International Coaching Federation for 14 years.  Never before has the demand for coaching been higher and is now seen as a key leadership skill.

Source Point Training is not a “cookie-cutter” training organization.  Our Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coach Training curriculum provides a 141 ICF Approved CCEs and is designed in an way that also evokes highly impactful personal growth for each participant.

Here’s what makes us unique and a step above most other coaching schools:

Barbara Fagan, International Master Coach and Facilitator with over 25 years of coaching experience and an unparalleled passion for training coaches

An ontological coaching model that is both taught and experienced through the training process creating self awareness and personal growth

Introduction to Neuro-linguistics Programming (NLP) as a powerful coaching communication tool

Introduction to Emergenetics® Profile, one of the newest scientific assessment tools for understanding thinking and behavior preferences

A plan to launch your business platform or integrate coaching skills into your current environment

This year’s class will be limited to only 12 participants.  Call us today and set up an interview to see how coaching may be your next step to greater success.embassytempe

WHEN:    Training begins October 16-18, 2015

WHERE:  Embassy Suites Tempe – Phoenix, AZ

To learn more about becoming a Certified Professional Performance Coach and to request your interview time, contact us at 800-217-5660 ext. 101.

Warmest wishes, Barbara

 

THE IMPACT OF PERSONAL GROWTH ON INNOVATION

This week, Source Point Training launches Open Enrollment for the next Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coaching.  The increase in demand for coaching continues to grow.  More and more business leaders are realizing the impact coaching can have on their organizations and moving towards embracing a coaching culture as a way of being in business and serving their employees and their customers.

treehandsPart of this steadily increasing interest from within the business community is the realization, especially with the growing millennial population, that developing the “whole person” is what most positively opens the space for innovation and impact to  their bottom line.  For so long, businesses have been investing in “professional development” focused on specific “hard skills” training and traditional “management development”.  Today, progressive organizations see that it must be a combination of professional AND personal development.

Below are a few excerpts from a great article written by Geoffrey James, Contributing Editor for Inc.com, that highlights that innovation comes from personal growth of an organization’s employees and the 4 key ways an organization can nurture the personal growth of employees.  You can read the full article here:

1.    Create a community; not a machine.  I’ve sometimes heard leaders proudly describe their organization as “well-oiled machine.”  When leaders think of organizations as machines, they inevitably dehumanize employees either as cogs in that machine or “resources” that the machine must chew up and spit out in order to keep itself running. When leaders visualize an organization as a community of individuals it sets a completely different tone. It unleashes a flood of enthusiasm and energy. Employees feel free to grow into new roles in order to help the entire community to succeed.goofy

2.    Balance overtime with “undertime”.  Today’s pace of change is so rapidthat it sometimes feels like you’ve got to run as fast as you can just to stay in the same place, let alone get ahead of everyone else. Because there’s never time to relax, you burn out before you get anywhere.  It’s true that you’ll sometimes need to work overtime to meet deadlines or ship dates. To give yourself (and everyone else) a chance to grow, you also need to work “undertime” which means, well, goofing off.

3.    Provide training on life skills.  Many leaders consider training to be an expense. What’s worse, such leaders think training should be limited to job skills.  In fact, a company’s ability to take full advantage of good times as well as cope with the bad times requires employees with strong life skills: overcoming fear, managing emotions, building empathy, better communication, etc.  While training on job skills is important, training life skills can create those breakthrough moments where people transcend their limitations and grow into the person they need to be to move to the next level.

4.    Commit to your own personal growth.  When your company grows, the leaders either grow or are left behind. Executives who fail to grow get stuck in one job.  Successful entrepreneurs and executives are lifelong learners. They devour new information, seek new perspectives, challenge themselves to become the best they can be. [Personal growth] comes from spending time and energy on yourself. It comes from developing the courage to let go of who you think you are and instead transform yourself into someone better.

Organizations that see the value in supporting both the personal and professional growth of their employees are the organizations who are actively:

– Contracting outside certified coaches
– Hiring Internal Coaches
– Bringing in a coach training curriculum to promote coaching as a new approach to old school management

If you are interested in becoming a certified coach with an ICF Approved organization or feel your organization would like to learn more about infusing a coaching culture as part of their Training & Development focus, give Ginny Carter, Administrative Director, a call to learn more, 800-217-5660.  Check Our Website for more information about Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coaching and our next  dates.

Warmest wishes, Barbara

 

Launching Your Business . . . What You Need to Know

I recently had a coaching session with one of my clients who was excited to share that his business was beating his yearly projections and he was ahead of his forecast.  What great news to hear.  This reminded me of a presentation I gave almost 5 years ago to a group of professional coaches at an International Coach Federation Chapter in Silicon Valley California on how to accelerate their coaching business.openbusiness

Today, there are more new business start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area than ever before. So if you are contemplating starting your own business or if you have your own business, here are things to keep in mind to have a successful “lift off”.

Gain Clarity – on your values and your value proposition.  In other words, evaluate your personal values and be sure that you establish clear guidelines on how you want your customers to experience you. You will be tested on this so it is great to lay it out and align on the importance of being guided by your values.

Explore Your Purpose – Why are you starting this venture?  Why is it important to you? What about it lights up your passion?  Starting a business requires time, energy and commitment.  The business you are beginning must align with your purpose and passion.  This is what will keep your creative side alive and continuing to find new ways to deliver your products or services.

See Your Vision of Success – This means look to your future 5 years ahead.  What are the outcomes you want?  Be willing to have your vision be BIG – you will be amazed at how things will unfold if you allow yourself to think big – beyond your wildest dreams! Be sure that your vision includes your whole life – not just your vision for your business success.  Family and friends will be a part of what you are creating; if they have a relationship with you they will be impacted by your success.

boatDevelop Goals – This might seem hard at first but will become a natural part of how you grow and develop your business.  Without clearly defined goals, you can get lost and fall off course.  Goals are also a great accountability system.  You must be willing to look at results – even when they do not match up to your goals.  This will be your way of  knowing when to make adjustments.  I have a favorite way of explaining that purpose is like the rudder on a boat; but goals are your steering mechanisms.  They help you adjust to the current and the wind.

Use All Forms of Communication – Social media has become the fastest way to stay in touch with your market so you must begin to unleash the writer within.  Be authentic in your communication.  Let people know who you are, why you have this business, what you offer, and how you will serve them.  Tell your story; people today love to hear about the people behind the business.  This is one of the quickest ways to establish a relationship.

Define Your Niche and Expand Your Network – Having your own business means there is no time to be timid or shy.  If this is truly your passion and what you want to create and provide, then be out there telling everyone you know all about it.  Go to places where people who want what you have will be meeting. This includes conferences, trade shows, even webinars and blogging groups.  Let people hear from you.  Become known as the subject matter expert for your market area.

The ” lift off” can take a lot of energy and work; this is where your commitment will be tested time and time again. But once you take flight, the joy of soaring can be the most accelerating experience of your life.  Here’s to your success and soaring to new levels!

Warmest wishes, Barbara

 

Earthquake in VA – Are You Ready to Shake Up YOUR Life?

Barbara Fagan and I returned from spending 8 days with FIRST 5 Santa Clara County presenting a pilot program called “Family Connections.”  This was possible due to Jolene Smith’s vision as a Certified Professional Performance Coach and their Learning Together Initiative’s commitment to training and development.  We had the privilege of being with Supervisors and Community Workers in charge of Family Resource Centers in Santa Clara County, CA.  They are committed to insuring the developmental needs of children through age 5 by providing the families with skills and resources to create a strong framework supporting the development and well-being of the children while contributing to the community.  The majority of their clients are immigrants and the purpose of those participating in our training is to empower their families.

Our purpose was to assist this group with focusing, not only on the survival needs of these families, but on babythe possibilities that are available when they are coached to purpose, values, accountability, etc.  At first, they looked at us as if we had two heads.  By the end of the training they were excited to coach these principles in action.  Our strongest message was that people will show up the way that we hold them.  While facing challenges, they can realize they are capable and have resources.

From a personal perspective, being a naturalized citizen myself (we immigrated to the United States in Dec 1953, when I was 5 years old), it was such an extraordinary experience to BE with this group of people who are instrumental in creating the ripple effect.  As a result, they will assist their clients in rising above survival to actually experiencing their potential.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

That’s what coaches do! It is so easy in this economy to see only the negative, be in survival mode ourselves, and wait for something to change.  I think we can all agree that people can prosper in spite of circumstances and perhaps this is YOUR year.  What if you weren’t operating from fear and lack, but could look at this as the time to really take your life on powerfully and create additional income or even a career transition for yourself?  Would YOU BE a great coach?

– Do you love challenging people?
– Does your heart surge when you see someone accomplish something they didn’t think was possible?
– Do you enjoy in-depth communication?
– Can you see possibilities in others that they don’t see in themselves?
– Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? Create a better world, one person or group at a time?

LDheadshotThen you belong with us in Source Point Training’s Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coaching.  If any one of the above questions creates a stir for you, don’t hesitate, don’t wait, call me (435-640-5372) and let’s talk about possibilities for you!  I LOVE being with people regarding their gift of standing for the possibilities and greatness of others.  If not you, then who?  If not now, when?  Close your eyes and imagine yourself as a Certified Professional Performance Coach, how does it feel?  What might be possible for YOU?

by Lou Dozier

 

 

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 www.SourcePointTraining.com 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

 

Distinctions between “life coaching” and “performance coaching”

With the passing of Dr. Stephen Covey, one of my first mentors when I started coaching in the late 80’s, I began to reflect on this model of Performance Coaching I have practiced for 25 years now and trained and certified performance coaches for the last 12 years.

Many people ask me about Life Coaching and what the difference is from our designation at Source Point Training of Certified Professional Performance Coaches (CPPC). When studying with people like Dr. Covey, Larry Wilson, Lou Tice and the works of Peter Druker, I observe similarities in each of their philosophies in one key area – objective results.  I have always felt that “Life Coaching” was a bit arrogant in that who am I to coach you on your “life”?  Rather, the question for me is “how can I align with you (my client) on certain outcomes that you want to achieve in specific areas of your life?” That is why the most effective coaches coach in particular areas of expertise. Mine has been business, Structure for Performance Coachingprimarily, through the years and also a good deal of work with family systems. My belief is that when you are coaching people to performance and specific outcomes, you focus on actions and behavior with a high level of accountability to look at all outcomes for the purpose of determining what is working and what is not working. This eliminates a high need to FEEL motivated or inspired by someone outside of you.

When watching the Olympics in London and observing how each person confronts their results minute by minute, event by event, we saw coaches working with champions, continuing to confront results, determining changes needed and then took action. This is the model for performance coaching.

At Source Point Training, we teach our coaches the ground of being performance coaches which is ontological. This means that as we are coaching on particular outcomes, we are also seeing all the interdependences and what will change as a result of achieving a desired outcome. To be effective, we do not live a life in a set of compartments. Due to the way that our world is changing, we see this more and more – the cross over between work and play, family, friends and business associates. In his book The World Is Flat – A Brief History of the 21st Century, Thomas Freidman describes our world as the realization of what it means to become a global society. His words have been played out in the last decade in ways that have us stop and take notice.

What this mean as Professional Performance Coaches is in order to serve our client, we must stay very present, current and observant of what is occurring in the world around us. Performance Coaches work with their clients to explore their World View. This is not a physical or philosophical process, but one that can be broken down in the following way:

What are the immediate circumstances facing your client

What are their near term objectives – needs and desires stated objectively

What is their vision and sense of possibility for their future?

What are their core values and beliefs? These are shaped by life experience

What is their current frame of mind, attitudes, frame of reference, emotions that affects their openness to be coached?

What is their background – education, social influences, culture – that will drive beliefs and choices and actions?

Performance Coaches are always coaching to desired outcomes as set by the client. We are always working with clients to understand their world view or how it will change as they take on new levels of self-awareness and practices that bring about change.

As Performance Coaches versus Life Coaches, we hold our client’s agenda, recognize all results and respect their choices. We focus on forward movement and attitudes that support risk taking and moving out of what is familiar and predictable, “the way that it is” to “what can be”.

In coaching performance, we hold our clients as infinitely resourceful and capable at all times. Unlike a counseling or therapeutic relationship, we focus forward versus the history that got us to where we are. The language of Performance Coaching is powerful in that we use metaphors to look at where we are and where we are going as powerful coaching tools to engage clients in holding a new perspective or image of themselves.

When hearing of a difficult situation from my client, as a Performance Coach, I am more apt to say “So what, NOW what?” from a place of real inquiry. Many people would like to play the “waiting game” or “let’s be doubtful” because they want certainty in uncertain times – however, nothing will change unless you are willing to get uncomfortable and stretch yourself by taking on new skills, attitudes and behaviors – AND this is where the performance bar will always get raised by a Professional Performance Coach.

When the International Coach Federation (ICF) took on the role of becoming the governing body for professional coaches globally – they defined
the core competencies of coaching as:

Setting the FoundationICF Logo

Meeting ethical guidelines and professional standards
Establishing the Coaching Agreement

Co-creating the Relationship

Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the client
Coaching Presence
Communicating Effectively

Active – Listening

Powerful questioning
Direct Communication
Facilitating Learning and Result

Creating Awareness

Designing Actions
Planning and goal setting
Managing Progress and Accountability

These skills are taught and practiced in many ways around the world. To be recognized by the ICF as a credentialed coach, you must be able to demonstrate these 11 core competencies. You can look on-line and see that there are many trainings that teach these skills – some trainings can be a week long and others, like ours, are a 9-month learning and application process to demonstrate competency. Competency takes practice and experience, which is obvious in any profession. That is why it is unreasonable to expect to learn how to coach from a program that is a week or even one month.

In order to apply for the first level of credentialing with ICF, the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Credential, you must complete 60 CCEs (Continuing Coaching Education) with a training organization recognized by ICF.  You then complete a Portfolio Application that also includes at least 100 hours of coaching with a minimum of 75 hours paid coaching. This raises the skills and level of professionalism that ICF is committed to and acknowledges as the minimum necessary for a professional coach to be prepared to best serve his/her clients.

Source Point Training is proud of offer a total of 140.5 CCEs upon completion of our Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coaching.  This number of credits allows our graduate to have the necessary CCEs for both the ACC and PCC (Professional Certified Coach) credentialing levels with ICF.

What are your views on the distinctions between “life coaching” and “performance coaching”, please post your thoughts and ideas, we’d love to hear from you!

Don’t be left out of this powerful, life and career changing opportunity!

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Take ACTION Today!  Register for the latest Source Point Coaches Training!

By Barbara Fagan
Co-Founder & President, Source Point Training

How Choice Creates Great Leaders

Each day, we all make choices — consciously or unconsciously, which sets up the path for creating the results that we have. For many of us, this is probably a BIG pill to swallow, especially if we have faced many experiences where we did not see how we were responsible for the outcome. If we look deeply, we can begin to see all the choices we have made or could have made on the way to creating our outcomes. Some of those outcomes were part of our plan and some were not, but we always make the best choice available in the moment.

No one wakes up thinking, “What are some of the dumbest choices I can make today?” Yet as we step out into our daily lives, events occur and we respond, or in many cases, react, to what is occurring. We have the opportunity to look at all of these instances along the road, gather information, review other results (good and not so good) and make the best choice possible each time.

If we want things to be different, we can make new choices and take new actions, which will empower us to move forward using all of the information from the past. That history can positively support us in creating the changes and outcomes we truly desire.