Coaches are emerging in so many more areas than just sports. Life coaches, personal coaches, career coaches, and more help train, correct, and support throughout a specific portion of life to help improve the success of the individual client. Coaches are helping small and large businesses in the same way. During good times or bad, business coaches can build a relationship with a business leader, assess the company, highlight area that are not working to potential, and make suggestions for improvement. They can also help with strategies for marketing, raising capital, and using technology. A coaching training course in business can give these people the tools they need to become excellent business coaches.
These courses in business coaching training have been structured to yield the most practical and applicable skill sets and knowledge. Some are offered entirely online which makes them extraordinarily flexible. They can be completely quickly even while working full time. Courses resulting in certification usually last from six to twelve months, though some can be completed in less than six months. The best instructors are those who are coaches in business themselves. Sharing expertise comes naturally to someone who is in that field anyway. In addition, they can answer questions and give advice from a real world viewpoint.
The trainer is highly important to the process; however, so is the curriculum. Curriculum for coaching training needs to include several areas: business strategies that work, interpersonal skills specific to clients who are business leaders, and the particular methods of building a business coaching company. A business coach is not much good for anything without clients to coach. Training courses teach students how to acquire clients and build relationships with them. These company leaders need to be convinced that the coach is correct and motivated to action by the coach. Good communication is essential. The coaches can in turn teach the appropriate communication methods for getting the entire staff on board with the changes being made.
Business coaches must also understand successful business models, processes, and formulas in order to be able to assess the company effectively. The classes in business coaching training must show them how to structure their assessment and recommendation in a way which will help the company to be as productive as possible. These courses culminate in an exam which qualifies the student for certification as a Business Coaching Specialist (BCS). This credential is fantastic for business cards, resumes, and websites.
The human body is an intricate work of God’s vision for the universe. Beyond the realms of physical structure, Nature has designed each human being as a different entity, gifted with a unique purpose in life. As an individual scrambles forth in his rush for materialistic pursuits and commercial success, he often loses the ability to visualize the true purpose of his existence. Along with this, he also loses all contact with his inner core and subconscious mind. This is indeed a catastrophic stage when human life is diminished to mere physical existence.
By its intent, Spiritual Coaching is a structured process in which a person is led into a deep, meditative state of tranquility, with the sole aim of putting him back in touch with himself.
The human mind and body are gifted with a strong, inherent ability to solve life’s most complex problems and heal illnesses. However, clouded by the negative waves of fears, worries and self-doubt, this ability is often destroyed. It is here that a spiritual coach intervenes, bringing back the power to realize your true potential, be happy and above all, be able to solve your problems and heal yourself.
How does it work?
Spiritual coaching is administered by an experienced coach with a non-religious, neutral approach, either in a group or on an individual basis. The entire process begins with an informal orientation, followed by the slow induction of a meditative state. The coach then attempts to look deeper and identify the potential cause of anxiety and unrest within the individual. The strains of following sentiments or thoughts are identified:
· Inability to form or achieve goals
· Lack of interest or unsatisfactory personal lives
· Lack of professional growth
· Anxiety, fear and phobias
· Constant state of illness
· Inability to develop relationships
In some cases, spiritual coaching is preceded by mentoring, which is an informal, open-ended discussion. Once a basic comfort level has been reached, the spiritual coach will attempt to delve into deeper issues and target the core problematic zone. The coach will first try to restore the inner balance and awaken the consciousness of the individual’s true potential. Eventually, through powerful verbal, non-judgmental and persuasive techniques, he will empower the recipient to face challenges independently, with success.
There are still many people who don’t really have a clear understanding of what career coaching is or how to go about choosing a career coach. Let’s just say it’s not uncommon for me to get emails, social media messages, or phone calls asking me about one or the other. So…
What is career coaching exactly?
It’s championing and helping you reach your ultimate career goals and your career coach being with you on that journey.
In a coach/client relationship, you hold the agenda and they provide you with the help, support, and direction you need to achieve the goal(s) you have in mind–reaching them sooner than later when attempting to do it all on your own.
Many facets come into play and depending on what your objectives are will determine the focus of your coaching sessions. An ongoing coach/client relationship strengthens awareness of what may be holding you back or the road blocks you may be facing while at the same time helping you focus on the goals you’re targeting.
You receive help establishing realistic goals, discovering solutions to challenges you may be up against, developing action plans, establishing motivation, and building self-confidence. You take charge of your career by changing it from what it is today to something you’ve always dreamed of, being the ultimate goal.
You and your coach share that same ultimate goal creates and adds excitement during the process! The one-on-one partnering experience is an excellent way to:
receiving personalized advice, support, and guidance when making career decisions.
determining what steps to take and strategies to use.
coming up with a customized plan that will keep you on track to accomplish what you set yourself out to do.
What a career coach is not…
A counselor or therapist. A career coach helps you develop proficiencies, whereas a career counselor help clients overcome deficiencies.
Therapy often deals with a person’s history and the “why’s” of that history; coaching deals with the future and the “hows” of making the future become what the client wants it to become.
Those who are suffering from depression, anxiety, or problems that interfere with life situations should seek professional counseling. Career coaches do not tell their clients what to do with their lives.
To benefit from career coaching, you have to be willing to be coached. Meaning, you’re open to new ideas, willing to make changes, receptive to constructive criticism, and willing and ready to take action. Seeing results from your actions is what makes all your hard work and efforts worthwhile!
What will a career coach do for you?
- Challenge you, inspire you to do your best, and will be there to support you each step of the way.
- Provide you with feedback, support you when times get difficult, and will be honest and up front.
- Hold you accountable. Unlike friends, co-workers, or even spouses, a career coach will tell it like it is, not letting you get off easy when it comes to stepping up to the plate. No action, no results.
In other words, he/she serves as your personal advocate and provides you with a safe harbor during a time that is often filled with stress, doubt, and fear.
Career coaching will best serve you best if you’re…
- ready to make the commitment to achieve.
- willing to put forth effort and do the work.
- willing to let the coach do the coaching.
- willing to “try on” new concepts or different ways of doing things.
- willing to change self-defeating behaviors that limit your success.
- serious about moving forward and making changes to reach your goals.
- acting of your own free will and not at the bidding of others.
Who and how to choose…
Only you can determine and make the decision of who to choose as your coach. You know your needs best and who would be deemed as a “good fit” based on your research. There are thousands of career coaching services available nowadays. Do your homework.
Not all career coaches are created equal. Job seekers, non job seekers, and/or anyone considering to hire and invest their time and money partnering with a career coach needs to know what value true career experts bring to the table. Again, do your homework. Don’t settle for mediocre and make an informed decision.
Tips for Selecting a Career Coach
- Search for coaches who specialize in the area you’re seeking career help in (i.e., job search strategies, interviewing skills, networking skills, etc.).
- Check out their website, read their testimonials, review their service offerings and coaching process. What impression are you left with after reviewing their information-is there a connection, is what they present identify with you or speak to you enough to reach out and make a personal contact?
- You’ll find that many career coaches offer a free 15 or 30 minute consultation, which I highly recommend taking advantage of that opportunity. It gives you a chance to speak with them personally, learn more about them, how they can help you, and most importantly find out if the chemistry is there, making them a “good fit.” If your personalities clash, it’s better to find out now before committing to work together.
- If the coach claims to be certified, take the extra step to verify their certification. Unfortunately, there are some career professionals out there claiming to be certified and displaying certification logos on their website when this is not the case. If working with a credentialed career coach is important to you, take the extra step and verify.
The career coaches (and resume writers) in our network have been verified certified and what makes our network of career professionals different from other searchable career service online databases. And, certifications are checked quarterly.
Now that you know what career coaching is all about and what to look for when it comes time to choosing a career coach, it’s time to take action!
Also known as ‘process of transition’, the U-Process coaching for business success is a coaching for transition towards change. The client receiving the coaching can experience change in their emotions, from denial to acceptance and moving forward.
There are three stages in Scharmer’s U-Process of coaching. These are sensing, presence and realizing. These three stages represent the basic aspects of the process and all following the initial education process.
Before going to the U-Process model, the coach and the client should first establish what their goal is for doing the coaching. They should both be in accord with their targets as they processed with the U-process.
The U-Process Scharmer’s Model
The first stage in the U-process of Scharmer’s model is sensing. This is the part of the process where the coach helps the client build awareness through observation. The client needs to be able to observe his business, its current standing in the industry and the world, if he aims to have his business globally competitive. The second stage is presence; this is the part in the coaching model where the coach and the client start to receding, reconsidering, and allowing an inner perceptive to develop. The last stage is realizing it is about acting fast with natural flow from the knowledge the client acquired from awareness and presence.
The U-process model is about integrating with the world. At the second stage of the U-process is the “inner gate” where we drop the baggage of our journey, going through a threshold. It is like giving a re-birth to the client’s business. This helps the client to let go and discover whom they truly are, to see from the deepest portion of themselves, emerging consciousness that increases with a change in purpose.
The U-Process Study Case
The U-Process Study case created during the Global Convention on Coaching (GCC) by Dr. Sunny Stout Rostron, DProf, MA was for collaboration dialogue of stakeholders in one’s company. There are five process and based on the Scharmer’s U- Process model. The processes are:
- Co-initiation – This process is about being sync with one another on the goals. Empathizing and knowing what the co-collaborator or stakeholder want to do to achieve the goals.
- Co-sensing – This is the part where all the collaborator or stakeholder observes, from the doing researches to within the industry their company or organization belong, to what their business is currently at.
- Presencing – Connect to the source of inspiration and will. Go to the place of silence and allow the inner knowing to emerge.
- Co-creating – Pattern the new with living examples to explore the future by doing the strategic plan.
- Co-evolving – Exemplify the innovative in the environment that enable understanding and performing from the whole. This process includes three stages: pre-convention, convention and post-convention.
This model is not only applicable for collaborative problem solving of stakeholders, it is also applicable for each individual member of the company or the organization. It only varies from where they would channel their inspiration, to how they will co-evolve themselves with the current process.
I feel an initial warning is in order here. If you are merely thinking about getting into coaching – especially at something like the high school level – you may not want to read Coaching Volleyball Successfully by Sally Kus.. It could scare you right into not coaching, and nobody wants that!
Seriously, though, the author talks at good length about what makes for a good volleyball program (not just a good team) and there are many facets to it. Thinking about it all as someone new to coaching could get a bit overwhelming.
The first section of the book is described as the Coaching Foundation. The two main focal points are coaching philosophy and communication. Coaching philosophy may be something assistant or apprentice volleyball coaches don’t need to worry too much about, as that will come down from the head coach, but for anyone running a team themselves it’s a major consideration. Since a large proportion of lower level coaches don’t have the benefit of starting as an assistant, that is likely going to cover most readers.Not only does Kus talk about developing a philosophy, she shares some tips for implementing it as well.
The second focus is communication – in all its forms. We’re talking player-to-player, coach-to-player, coach-to-coach, coach-to-parents, and any other line of exchange you can think about – verbal, written, and otherwise. Kus leaves no doubt about how important it is for the health of your team, your program, and yourself to make sure there is good, positive communication with and among all parties involved. Player and team motivation is part of that equation.
The second section of the book is Coaching Plans. Again, we’re talking about a very comprehensive look at the planning aspect of being a successful head volleyball coach. A lot of it concentrates on developing effective training plans, which no doubt will interest most readers considerably. There are a number of drills, games, and warm-up ideas included here.
Part III tackles the instruction of individuals skills. This is quite detailed in terms of looking at player mechanics with lots of suggestions for ways to address common issues and bad habits. This section is also supported by a number of drill ideas.
After the skills section, in a natural progression, comes two sections dealing with systems, strategies, and tactics. These feature a comprehensive look at both offensive and defensive systems of play and how to development them, as well as a considerable discussion of how to manage teams in preparation for and during matches.
The book wraps up with a sixth section which goes over evaluations – both players and program. Kus, as with all the other parts of the book, gets quite detailed in terms of both what should be evaluated and how you can do it.
As you may have realized by this point, this book is absolutely loaded. It’s not something you will breeze through in a few hours. That said, though, the writing is very direct well paced. I seriously doubt you’ll find yourself bored anywhere along the way, as can sometimes be the case in coaching books.
The bottom line is Coaching Volleyball Successfully is a fantastic book. It does focus a great deal on high school volleyball, but there are a lot of references to collegiate, Juniors, and youth volleyball as well, and much of the material can be applied across the board. If I were offering suggestions as to what a new or developing coach should read, this one would be right on the top of that list.