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Edmonds, WA — In a recent conversation with a prospective participant attending our introductory webinar that provides an experience of the transformative coaching approach, I heard the phrase, "coaching is the antidote for yes, but..." The phrase is echoing within me like a telephone that won't stop ringing! This month I decided to share my insight from this conversation in honor of International Coaches Week. During the last week I have engaged in a number of celebratory activities around the globe. My listening hears the use of "yes, and..." as the prevailing mood, attitude and point of view. I am asking myself, what is it about the modality of professional coaching that facilitates this dramatic change for people who engage with a professional coach?
Of course being part of a company called inviteCHANGE gives me the privilege to see into the question quite deeply. And, I listen to our graduates and our training participants learn to be the cause of change as a professional coach every day. What is really striking to me is to hear business leaders, philanthropists, journalists and government officials who have had the benefit of a coaching relationship or exposure to the coaching approach, recognize the positive impact of this anecdote too! Here are four insights I celebrate about the coaching approach as the anecdote for "yes, but..."
Technology gives us the potential to be increasingly more accessible, however maybe not deeply connected. Being more connected at a meaningful and satisfying level is a social change revolution that I think professional coaching encourages. The big audacious goal of the International Coach Federation is to make coaching an integral part of society. I am proud to report that for 2011 International Coaches Week I am witnessing a dramatic step forward toward fulfilling that goal.
For a real life example of "yes, and..." please read the next article shared by one of our Certified Professional Coach Program participants, Brandy Bishop:
"As I reflect back on the close of 2010, I am grateful for many things. One of those things is the fact that on November 17th, I was “laid-off” from a senior executive position with a company I’d dedicated 15 years of my life to.
It was both a shock and oddly enough, a huge relief. I felt like a 10 ton brick had been lifted from my shoulders. Don’t you just love it when life gets tired of waiting for you to do what you’re supposed to do, and instead, does it for you? I viewed it as a blessing that allows me to now put all my focus on what I love most – coaching.
However, looming ahead of me was the fact that I had to tell my family I’d been laid off, before coming home for the holidays. I even went so far as to play out a scenario where I’d tell my folks I was taking a sabbatical for a few months with the idea that I would spare them the truth until after I’d landed the security of a new job. That brief daydream caused me more distress and heartburn than the moment I found out I’d lost my job of 15 years! Why is it that family always seems to bring up so much consternation?
I thought, ‘I’m a grown woman for God’s sake – what I need to do here is OWN THE CONVERSATION’. How I show up will guide how my family reacts. So, I took a deep breath, opened up my computer and literally typed out a script for myself, including:
Sitting in front of my glowing computer screen, I placed the call. Twenty minutes later I hung up in shock. It could not have gone better. While I expected them to be judgmental, scared and pummel me with questions, instead they showed up fully supportive, trusting, and loving – and confident that not only was this was the right thing for me, but that it would be the start of a new adventure that would bring me much greater success and happiness.
My lesson in all of this? I AM…works! I clearly laid out my intention, I focused my attention on specific actions on it and “poof” it manifested like magic. We often forget how truly powerful we are.
So as you look ahead to 2011, don’t forget to clearly identify your intentions because you are all powerful beyond measure and they will surely show up. Just watch."
If you want to contact Brandy her phone is 503-544-8146 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org.