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What is Coaching?

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According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), coaching is defined as a partnership with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the individual to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching is a client-driven process that is distinct from other service professions, such as counseling, mentoring, consulting, and training. Coaching allows an individual to unlock the possible from an impossible mindset. The conversation between coach and client focuses on the future, not the past. Goal accountability and support is one of the key activities of a coach. Goal creation and execution are the common threads woven through all the specialties of a coaching relationship, below is a quick breakdown of the main types of coaching relationships, with a breakdown of the audience and focus1: Business Coaching Audience: Entrepreneurs and business owners Focus: Business growth and success; Identifying goals for the future while improving current operations. Executive Coaching Audience: Business executives or senior leaders Focus: Improving leadership abilities; Managing organizational change; Finding work/life balance; People and performance management.  Leadership Coaching Audience: Individuals of any type who […]

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Redeeming Meetings

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Now more than ever your company should reset expectations on how it conducts meetings. The average employee spends 35% of their time in meetings and the average executive 50% of their time in meetings. It is estimated $37 billion is wasted per year on unproductive meetings (we all know this figure is low). The above stats and my personal experience lead me to two questions about meetings: Can we reduce the amount of time we spend in meetings? Can we make the meetings we have better? The answer to both questions is, yes! The solution is both simple, yet hard to implement. Below is a checklist to ensure you succeed in having more efficient and more rewarding meetings. First ask yourself, does it make sense to hold a meeting? Meetings are the default, we feel a lack of control without them, but meetings are not always efficient or needed Alternatives: email, team communication platforms (Slack), memos or phone calls Start and end meetings on time If a meeting starts […]