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Season’s Greetings: Giving While Receiving

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One of the best ways to celebrate the holidays is by giving back. I teach that you can do it while also receiving. It’s always great to hear about one of my students successfully putting that learning into practice.

Following my suggestion, Preeta Banerjee, a recent graduate of our Holistic Life, Career & Executive ACTP Coach Preeta_Banerjee_PhotoTraining, found a cause and a non-profit organization she believes in — The Hope Foundation — which works with schools to create successful learning communities. In exchange for having Preeta’s services promoted by another organization, she will donate 50% of her coaching fees to the Foundation to help rescue and educate girls in India* (here’s the link to find out more about Preeta: http://mytreeoflife.com/meet-preeta.html?

Congratulations to Preeta for following through on the kind of practical advice you’ll get when you enroll in our trainings.

If you’re interested in becoming a coach, honing your existing coaching skills and getting clients — inquire for more information about our training programs.

Happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year!

Upcoming 2016 Class Schedule


  • Tues., Jan. 5 at 7 PM EST
  • Thurs., Jan. 7 at 11 AM EST
  • Thurs., Jan. 7 at 4 PM EST
  • Thurs., Jan. 7 at 8 PM EST


  • Mon, March 21 at 6:30 PM EST
  • Wed., Apr. 6 at 11 AM EST
  • Wed., Apr. 6 at 7 PM EST

The Coaching Core Competency of Creating Awareness: Competency or Outcome?

The more I teach and experience coaching, the more I’m convinced that awareness is created by implementing all other competencies, such as establishing the coaching agreement, deep listening, powerful questions and direct communication. What are your thoughts?


Coaching Tools: Passion, Strength or Value?

I often see coaching clients struggle with being able to distinguish between their strengths and their passions. And when I begin to enquire about their values they get even more confused.
A question that helps them get unstuck is to ask about the last time they were unstoppable. The coaching client is able to provide at least one instance; usually it turns out to be when they were living in alignment with their values, operating on their strengths and integrating their passions into their life.
Let’s define these terms to better distinguish between them.
A value is a standard of behavior that you hold dear. For example, Reliability, Creativity and Excellence are a few core values.
A passion is something that gets your fired up. It could be writing, designing websites, or planning events etc.
A strength is an innate ability or talent. It could be that writing or collaborating on web design ideas makes you feel strong.
It is easy to see why our coaching clients get confused
  • Values can influence your strengths. Just because Excellence is a value, doesn’t mean that creating perfect spreadsheets makes you feel strong.
  • Strengths sound very similar to passions. You may be drawn to event planning (because of your value of Creativity) while you strengths lie in other areas. It is important to understand that the knowledge or skill gap can be bridged through training or practice.
Whether you are a coach or a coaching client, in making decisions about your life, it pays to be aware of your values, your strengths and your passions. It is this clarity that casts your life’s purpose into sharp relief helping you differentiate yourself from others. With this newfound clarity… is it any wonder that you become unstoppable?
Guest Blog by Kay Fudala, Consultant and Creative Coach at www.kayfudala.com, currently enrolled with Goal Imagery Institute Holistic Life and Career Coach Training. 

Promises, promises…

So many coaches and coaching schools promise and even guarantee results. Does it mean that a coach is willing to take responsibility for what his /her clients do or not do? Does it mean that a coach training school is taking responsibility how someone would coach and build their coaching business? Is this in integrity? Is this an authentic promise? Even medical doctors don’t guarantee results. Do some coaches have a God Complex? I mean, who could take that type of responsibility for another human being? And coach training schools that promise that you’ll have a blossoming coaching practice as soon as you graduate — are you kidding me? It takes a bit more than that… Your thoughts?


FREE from the World Business & Executive Coach Summit (WBECS)

Just as last year, I’d like to share with you this special link to join the World Business and Executive Coach Summit (WBECS) and benefit from their free Pre-Summit coaching presentations: http://wbecs.com/partner/a/wbecs2014/ml13

They include:

  • My Definition of Success by John C. Maxwell
  • The Truth About Leadership by Jim Kouzes
  • The Latest Developments and Future Challenges, Including New Methods for Supervising Team Coaching by Peter Hawkins
  • Integral Leadership: Building Resilience, Openness, and Creativity in Leaders by James Flaherty
  • Generative Thriving: Professional Sovereignty is Key by Janet Harvey
  • Coaching Across Cultures: Leveraging Cultural Differences for Creativity, Unity and Purpose by Philippe Rosinski
  • The Key to Success in Life and Business is to Become a Master at Conversational Intelligence by Judith Glaser
  • ROI of Coaching: Three Keys to Success by Lisa Ann Edwards

And many more… 

Register for all these complimentary sessions here: http://wbecs.com/partner/a/wbecs2014/ml13


Being in the Moment v. Being on Purpose

Even though Eastern approaches are becoming more and more mainstream and are being accepted by us as a healthy way of living, we don’t really buy into it fully. Not really. And, from a coaching perspective, even though “being in the moment” is regarded as very important, coaching, as a discipline, is very much results- and future-oriented.  In fact, both “being in the moment” and “being on purpose” are core coaching attitudes. How do we reconcile them and find balance? Can someone be truly in the moment while constantly structuring and strategizing over their future?

From a philosophical point of view towards life and living, “being in the moment” is a meditative, Zen attitude of accepting, receiving, being still in the moment and appreciating it fully. Nothing to move towards, nothing to do, the moment is perfect in itself and on its own. Don’t we take ourselves “out of it” when we dream about the future? When we strategize? When we think where we’d like to be instead of where we are right now?

In our culture, we don’t allow ourselves to just be happy and content without a specific reason. Why do we need a reason to be happy? Why not be happy “just because”? Why is it that we ask our children, “Who do you want to be when you grow up?” Why not let them to “just be” and enjoy the moment? What are your thoughts?


We Have Three Brains to Coach!

I love when science finally proves something that we knew for centuries.

Listen to a very interesting presentation about how the science has proved that there is not one, but three brains: brain, heart, and gut. And a coaching approach to integrating them. In fact, it’s very similar to what I teach as part of Goal Imagery(R) method. Take a listen: https://vimeo.com/65558348

There is much more to come! And it’s free at WBECS (World Business and Executive Coach Summit) pre-summit: http://www.wbecs.com/go/wbecs/ml13“.



WBECS (World Business and Executive Coach Summit) with Brian Underhill: What Do Executives Want in a Coach?

You can still register for WBECS (World Business and Executive Coach Summit) free pre-summithttp://www.wbecs.com/go/wbecs/ml13“.

Tonight’s session was with Dr. Brian Underhill, founder & CEO of CoachSource, LLC  and the author of “Executive Coaching for Results”.

He also told us that if we twitter him directly, he’ll send us his book – very generous of him. His twitter: www.twitter.com/bunderhill

Here’s the screen shot from his presentation where he is sharing with us the latest research that was done this year.


Don’t pick a niche — unless you want to!

I never really bought the idea that in order to be successful – you must have a niche. I do believe you need to know WHO you are, what you bring to the table, and why you want to do that. The rest will sort itself out… I can bring lots of examples of people in a variety of industries, including coaching, who became successful because of who they were. Yes, I agree, we can’t be all things to all clients, but we don’t have to be. We just have to be ourselves.:)

Personally, I do find “having to” pick a niche a very frustrating and limiting experience. Why force yourself into something that doesn’t feel natural? I encourage everyone to give yourself a permission (as we ask our clients often) NOT having to have a niche – unless you want to. There is a huge difference between doing something because you “want to” versus because everyone else seems to be doing it and/or telling you that you should do that as well. I think most of us are being “bullied” into picking a niche. How do you like those strong words?:)


To niche or not to niche?

Do you believe that in order to be successful you need to pick a “niche”? Most marketers and sales people suggest that picking your niche is a very important and necessary part of your business strategy.  The same is true for our coaching industry. We are told that as coaches and mentors, we need to pick a niche – the more narrow, the better – in order to make it clear what we offer and to whom. Do you agree or do you find it frustrating and limiting?

Personally, I do believe in creating a strategic plan and prioritizing what you want to offer and to whom. However, I never really bought the idea that in order to be successful – you must have a niche. I do believe you need to know WHO you are and what you bring to the table. The rest will sort itself out… I can bring lots of examples of people in a variety of industries, including coaching, who became successful because of who they were. We can’t be all things to all clients, but we don’t have to be. We just have to be ourselves.:) What do you think about that?