Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Team Up With a Professional Coach To Gain a Real Advantage in 2010!

We've all had an experience some time in our lives with someone who could see more in us than we could see in ourselves at that moment. It might have been a teacher, the soccer coach, a friend, or a grandparent. They seemed to know just what to say or do at just the right time to spur us on. They helped us feel good about ourselves regardless of our own beliefs. They wanted a better experience or life for us. That is what coaching is all about. It is intentionally and systematically having someone to assist you in finding the way to a better more fulfilling life.

People hire a coach because they want more, they want to grow, and they want forward movement. Cheryl Richardson, author of the best-selling books, Life Makeovers and Stand Up for Your Life, says, "The goal is for people to improve their quality of life. Some coaches primarily help with one's personal life; others focus on one's professional life. Many do both. Coaches get to know the clients' needs. They support them to find what they want to do with their lives and help define how to make it happen. The primary goal is to keep people in action."

Coaches are trained to listen intently - what's being said and what's not being said, noticing, observing, and then customizing their approach to the individual client. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client. The client is the expert on their life. The coach's job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already possesses.

In essence, coaching is forward focused and action oriented. You'll identify and acknowledge barriers that keep you from moving forward. A coach will help you identify the motivators and values for you to get into action to produce results, hold you accountable for what you do, and then celebrate your successes.

The Community Resource Center has taken all the guess work out of finding, vetting and negotiating just the right professional coach for you. The Colorado Capacity Coaching Initiative is offered to any non-profit executive, program director, staff or board member at rates below the market average from coaches who exceed industry expectation. Want more information? Please contact Carol Crawford at crawford@crcamerica.org or 303.623.1540 x13.

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