Why I Love Coaching! (James Santagata, Executive Director, APCA)
What's the best part of my job?
That's pretty simple to answer.
It's helping people reach their true potential, as effectively, efficiently and quickly as possible. Helping to create a better life for my client, their loved ones, the broader community and society at large.
Many times, it's guiding clients to leap over or crush a fatal flaw or a major skills gap (without necessarily closing the actual gap) and land that new job that they previously found was impossible to consider let alone close. It's especially gratifying to see them beat out the dozens upon dozens of "more qualified" and "better" candidates who also applied for the same position and who are then left wondering, "How could he / she get in, but I didn't ?!". And best of all, it's seeing them land that job for which they were "unqualified for" with a very strong offer and excitement on the part of the hiring company or hiring authority to get them onboard and started as soon as possible, lest there be any chance to lose them to the competition.
Training Elephants: How Your Mental Conditioning Keeps You In Chains (by James Santagata, Executive Director of APCA)
By James Santagata
Executive Director Asia-Pacific Coaching Alliance; Principal Consultant, SiliconEdge
(This is part of the No Box Thinking™ Series)
Elephants are considered one of the strongest animals on earth and in places like Thailand, it's not uncommon to see one elephant compete against forty or more men in a tug-o-war contest with the elephant easily winning!
Many elephants are also utilized in the forestry industry and it's an amazing sight to see an elephant easily and deftly pick up a massive log and effortlessly move it about like a mere toothpick.
Not once or twice, mind you, but all day long and in the scorching heat.
With such power and stamina an adult elephant could easily snap any ropes or chains used to subdue it. Yet why doesn't the adult elephant do this? And how can such a powerful animal be so easily controlled by an infinitely smaller human wielding only a stick or through the simple pressing of feet or heels into the elephant's neck or ears?
Well, it all comes down to the elephant's mental conditioning and the shaping of expectations it has received and that has been implanted into it. Many humans would call what the elephant mentally engages in to be a "self-fulfilling prophecy."
Since an adult elephant is so powerful and could easily break the biggest ropes or chains, trainers begin to condition the elephant at a very early age not only to not want to do this so but also to THINK that it is NOT able to do so. Effectively to not even consider breaking the chains or snapping the ropes as an option.
Why? Because once we deem something to be "impossible" to do, we no longer attempt it. Our own thinking and thought processes, therefore, become a set of mental chains.
Today, the Asia-Pacific Coaching Alliance officially unveils it's new tagline and inbound domain name, Coach For Impact!™ and the domain name CoachForImpact.com
Today’s author is Hank Chin who is an Expert Personal Branding and Career Consultant at IPIB and Director of the Asia-Pacific Coaching Alliance.
Hank is the No.1 certified job campaigner and personal branding strategist in the Chinese-speaking world, having earned 5 career-related credentials and prides himself on high customer
HOW TO BECOME A COACH
I. Your Inner Voice
To be a professional coach you have to embrace thinking from the inside.
You have to ask yourself: “Do I really have the self-generated passion to listen to and make sense of another person’s confusion, uncertainty or doubt, even though that may well drag me down in the process, too?”
That is the million-dollar question and it will greatly determine whether coaching is for you.
Being a coach requires a strong commitment as well because you will be asking your clients to carefully listen to their inner voices and then asking them to brainstorm with you to figure out possible solutions which will best enable them to achieve their goals.
However, if you don’t, can't or won't listen to and confirm your inner voice ─ PASSION ─ how can you possibly expect your clients to follow your instructions when you ask them to listen to their inner voice?
II. Mindset and Expertise
Secondly, after you confirm your passion the next question will be “Other than passion and empathy, do I have enough knowledge to coach my clients?”
If you think about it, being a coach is a very sacred responsibility. Someone has entrusted their well-being to you.
Whether you recognize it or not, your words, thoughts and actions will mildly to greatly influence your clients. You must, therefore, ensure that you possess a positive mindset, up-to-date and time-proven knowledge as well as have developed the habit of continuous life-long learning.
This will ensure that your client is taken care of professionally and just as importantly well cared for.
To ensure that you have the most up-to-date knowledge and coaching processes be sure to enroll in a trustworthy, ethical and most of all results-driven coaching organization, such as HICA, to earn your coaching certification. After earning your coaching certification, be sure to regularly participate in industry seminars and networking events.
III. Between You and Your Clients
Lastly, your ability to build mutual trust and commitment with your client is as if not more important than the earlier issues we discussed.
And as discussed before, mutual trust is the foundation of successful coaching.
So you must learn how to connect with your client through your initial interactions whether they are by email, phone, skype or in person.
Once solid and mutual trust has been established, you must know how to motivate and convince him/her to fully commit themselves to the accomplishment of each task as they strive for their ultimate goal.
Although both are not directly related to your coaching knowledge they are equally important as your passion and expertise.
IV. Real Coaching
After your clients have made substantial progress, gains and finally achieved their desired results based on your coaching, then and only then can you truly and honestly say that you’re a qualified and real coach because those actual results along with satisfied, empowered clients, speak the loudest.
We hope to see you in our community soon!
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