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Weekend Love, September Fifth

iStock_000042621008Here are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

When confronted with change, our first reactions range from head-in-the-sand to raging battles.  Susan Fowler asks three of the best questions for a situation like that when she writes about Thriving in the Midst of Change: Ask 3 Questions.

The opening paragraph starts, “Fascinating leaders ask questions. The rest are dullards.”  How can you not want to read the article?  Join Dan Rockwell as he answers that age-old question about How to Become a Fascinating Leader.

I know that I am not the poster child for exercise and fitness.  I do that stuff, and hate it.  Mark Sisson finally explains why.  If you are like me, you can read how you got to this state and ways to get out of it in his article on Why Getting Fit Isn’t the Best Exercise Motivation (and 10 Better Reasons to Move Today).

Bonus Video:  Brian Tracy and his daughter, Christina, discuss his new book , Find your Balance Point.  It’s a great discussion about the stuff we know but don’t do on topics like harmony, being grounded, and working from your passion.  Enjoy The Secret to Finding Balance in Your Life.

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Want to Add Coaching to Your Skill Set?

The next three-day intensive coaching launch is September 15-17, 2015 in Grapevine, Texas near the DFW Airport.

The easiest way to know what happens is to listen to three of our student describe the three days.

Whether your interest is in adding coaching skills to your leadership, taking your life in a new direction, or becoming a professional coach, this three-day dive into key topics will get you started as a coach. You’ll leave prepared to start coaching immediately.

This program is geared for coaches beginning their professional career and for those simply wanting to add coaching skills to their toolkit. Experienced coaches participate to refresh their knowledge base and to hone their skills. The program is approved for 16 hours of Continuing Coach Education Units (CCEU’s) with the International Coach Federation.

The program provides coaches with knowledge, skills, practice, and feedback on their coaching. The course will address specifics for running programs in person and virtually.

Participants leave the program with tools, resources, skills and practice in coaching, including:

  • An understanding of what coaching is, similarities and differences with counseling, training, mentoring, and facilitation
  • Core skills and competencies for masterful group coaching
  • Foundational principles: Learning styles, listening, asking curious powerful questions, and feedback
  • Creating Connection, Trust and Accountability
  • Exercises, Tools and Resources for Coaching
  • Working with, and engaging, different learning styles
  • Navigating Tricky Issues
  • Practice and feedback on your skills

The program includes:

  • 16 hours of training ( 15 Core Competency CCEU’s)
  • Online DiSC profile to assess your communication style
  • Experience as a coach and as a client (your first three sessions)
  • Your UCU Resource Workbook
  • Online Time Mastery profile and self-coaching application
  • Your copy of Coaching for Performance by Sir John Whitmore.
  • Your copy of The Power of TED* *The Empowerment Dynamic by David Emerald
  • New Client Welcome Forms
  • Sample Coaching Agreements
  • Small student/faculty ratio for personal attention
  • Student rates on coaching tools
  • An opportunity for you to get hands-on practice and feedback on your coaching skills

Venue: The host hotel is the SpringHill Suites, Dallas DFW Airport North/Grapevine, 2240 W. Grapevine Mills Circle Grapevine, TX 76051.  You can use this link to receive our special rate of $119 per night.

Space limited to 15 coaches.

Cost: $1250 (payable in four installments). Register with one or more colleagues and save 10% each.

Here’s what past participants have said about the program:

“This is the place to learn the skills needed for coaching.” – Diane Dieffenbach

“Completely changed my mindset on the way I view people and life.  I am a better person now.” – Megan Salmon

“DO IT!  Sooner than later ” – Darla Oehlman

“A must to take.” – Diane Engle

For more details on-line, look for the Ultimate Coach University program descriptions. We are the only ICF ACSTH program that has an emphasis in direct selling.

Contact Dana Phillips, dana@ultimatecoachuniversity.com, with questions.

Looking forward to having you join us!

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Weekend Love, June Sixth

iStock_000017544995Here are some of the great nuggets that I’ve found on the web recently. This handful of links takes you to tools or insightful content. Occasionally I’ll include one from my “save” file if it fits the mood.

Randy Conley from the Ken Blanchard Companies makes a strong case for Your Success as a Leader Depends on This One Thing.  He even has a simple acronym to help you remember it.

I know this sounds strange, but a lot of leaders and wannabe leaders aren’t very good at working with people.  Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic gives four ideas for How to Work with People Who Aren’t Very Good at Working with People.

As someone who considers himself an introvert, this TED talk from Susan Cain has a lot of meaning.  It should for extroverts as well.

From the archives:  We’ve all heard this, but the details will make surer you never forget The True Cost of Multi-Tasking.  There are also seven  simple ideas of how to stop it.

 

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Intensive Introduction to Coaching

The three-day intensive coaching launch in May, 2014 occurred in Irving, Texas. Three of our students describe what happened during those three days.

Plans are gearing up for the UCU Coach Launch Program in Natick, Massachusetts on September 5, 2014.  It’s a three-day dive into key topics to get you started as a coach. You’ll leave prepared to start coaching immediately.

This program is geared for coaches beginning their professional career and for those simply wanting to add coaching skills to their toolkit. Experienced coaches participate to refresh their knowledge base and to hone their skills. The program is approved for 16 hours of Continuing Coach Education Units (CCEU’s) with the International Coach Federation.

The program provides coaches with knowledge, skills, practice, and feedback on their coaching. The course will address specifics for running programs in person and virtually.

Participants leave the program with tools, resources, skills and practice in coaching, including:

  • An understanding of what coaching is, similarities and differences with counseling, training, mentoring, and facilitation
  • Core skills and competencies for masterful group coaching
  • Foundational principles: Learning styles, listening, asking curious powerful questions, and feedback
  • Creating Connection, Trust and Accountability
  • Exercises, Tools and Resources for Coaching
  • Working with, and engaging, different learning styles
  • Navigating Tricky Issues
  • Practice and feedback on your skills

The program includes:

  • 16 hours of training ( 15 Core Competency CCEU’s)
  • Online DiSC profile to assess your communication style
  • Experience as a coach and as a client (your first three sessions)
  • Your UCU Resource Workbook
  • Online Time Mastery profile and self-coaching application
  • Your copy of Coaching for Performance by Sir John Whitmore.
  • Your copy of StandOut by Marcus Buckingham.
  • New Client Welcome Forms
  • Sample Coaching Agreements
  • Small student/faculty ratio for personal attention
  • Student rates on coaching tools
    • An opportunity for you to get hands-on practice and feedback on your coaching skills

Venue: Hampton Inn, Boston/Natick, Massachusetts Hampton Inn. Special rate of $109 per night is available until August 15.

Space limited to 15 coaches.

Cost: $1250 (payable in four installments). Register with one or more colleagues and save 10% each.

 

Here’s what past participants have said about the program:

“This is the place to learn the skills needed for coaching.” – Diane Dieffenbach

“Completely changed my mindset on the way I view people and life.  I am a better person now.” – Megan Salmon

“DO IT!  Sooner than later ” – Darla Oehlman

“A must to take.” – Diane Engle

For more details on-line, look for the Ultimate Coach University program descriptions. We are the only ICF ACSTH program that has an emphasis in direct selling.

Contact Dana Phillips, dana@ultimatecoachuniversity.com, with questions.

Looking forward to having you join us!

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Four Easy Guidelines When Advising Like a Coach

Advising like a coachMuch as coaches try to avoid giving advice, clients sometimes are very good at pulling out of us.  Just when the client seems to be rolling along quite nicely, they will throw in a “I don’t know, what do you think?”  You, as the coach, are caught off guard and before you can help yourself, you have turned into a mentor and a font of wisdom.  Here are four easy guidelines to follow when in this situation.

Always ask permission.  When advice is permission based, you will keep ownership of the strategy with the client.  You will often have the opportunity to ask permission several times.  Think about using questions like:

  • Are you asking for my advice? (This is your real-time opportunity to confirm what you heard.)
  • My advice is offered from outside your activities, so feel free to reject it or tweak it to fit better.

The other key benefit of asking permission is that you prevent resistance. Unsolicited advice immediately generates a backlash.

Start with what they’ve done.  Want to appear foolish?  Blurt out your advice and then listen to your client say, “I tried that and it didn’t work.” Discover what your client has done before giving advice.  You will save time and ego.  Ask the simple and straightforward question, “What have you tried?”

Be clear on what is requested.  Sometimes clients will ask for advice and, while it may be clear in their mind, it may not be in yours.  Ask questions like:

  • Is your question about your goal or your strategy?
  • Are you concerned about your process or your point of view?
  • What’s the advice you would like me to give? [This sounds like a weird question, but you will discover what they want.]

Avoid being Directive.  The phrase “you should” is usually an invitation to trouble.  Alternatively, try phrases like:

  • Other clients have found that. . . .  You are the expert on this situation.  How does this fit you?
  • Here’s another option. . . .
  • What I’ve found helpful is . . . .

These four guidelines keep you thinking and acting like a coach while providing an opportunity to partner with your client.  What have you found useful?

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Twenty-one Questions to Ignite a High Performance Leader

High performance opportunity

How would you ignite a leader to create a high performance team?  I was talking with an executive about someone he thought would really grow through coaching.  I asked him an obvious question, “What would you like to see happen?”  His answer was “I really like to see him develop a high performance team. It’s not that they do bad work; the team is just closer to average than a top one.”

My imagination exploded!  I already had an initial coaching call with the new leader, and he expressed some ambitious goals.  He wanted to be in front of his team rather than just herd them along.  While I know that coaching questions are organic and arise in the course of a conversation, I couldn’t help but think of some questions that might be helpful.

  1. What’s your vision for the team?
  2. Where does this lead?
  3. How do you make this happen?
  4. How can you push it to the level beyond what you describe?
  5. What will get your team to unite behind the vision?
  6. Have you seen the Nike commercial, “One more”?  What’s yours?
  7. What does a bigger game look like?
  8. What happens when your team performs beyond expectations?
  9. How will you execute to the vision?
  10. What will you do to meld your people into a team?
  11. Who gets to provide input on the vision?
  12. What’s your team’s mission statement?
  13. What does it look like when you are at peak performance?
  14. What’s your first step?
  15. What’s your first step to change you?
  16. What needs to change in you to lead like this?
  17. What’s holding your changes back?
  18. How did you feel when you first thought of this possibility?
  19. What excites you most about becoming a high performance team?
  20. What makes this important to you right here, right now?
  21. What’s the core difference between now and what you are creating?

Whether corporate or an entrepreneurial team, creating a high performance may be a real goal.  How will you coach higher performance?  Please share questions that come to your mind.

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Feed Your Head: Coaching Blogs

AppetizerIf all you ever ate was chicken and rice, my guess is that you would get very bored with your diet very quickly.  The same is true for what you read. Pick the two or three main topics you want to more knowledge in and read those areas. In this, Part Four of the Feed Your Head series, you will hear about several outstanding coaching blogs.  The last piece in this series, Part 3 is about leadership blogs.  Part 2 is about those blogs that whet your appetite.  Part 1 is on finding and subscribing to blogs.

A Daring Adventure.  Tim Brownson’s blog, A Daring Adventure is the best coaching blog available in my mind.  He covers topics from goal setting to failure to what’s right and wrong with NLP and other approaches.  He is also very, very funny.  He has a blog, a newsletter, and several free e-books.  If you like what you find, you can also join his Google+ group.

School of Coaching Mastery.  Julie Stewart’s blog covers all of the important bases for coaches.  Julie is a Master Coach through the International Association of Coach.  Her goal is to support coaches in building a business and becoming great coaches as part of the process. She does a great job of incorporating current research on the coaching business and you will see references to the ICF, IAC, and Sherpa Coaching. Her thought pieces like the blog on Top Ten Reasons You Need a Coach are must read idea generators for new coaches.

ICF Blog.  The International Coach Federation has made a strong commitment to their blog and it is showing in the quality of the entries. http://coachfederation.org/blog has entries from top coaches from around the world who are writing about everything from transformational coaching to LinkedIn to develop strong core coaching habits.

IAC Voice. Most coaching blogs have a commitment to helping their readers see the difference between coaching and great coaching.  The ICF and the IAC do that by looking at coaching skills as pieces of core coaching competencies.  The International Association of Coaching Voice does an unparalleled job of clarifying, exploring, and developing the essence of a strong core competency.

The Success Alliance. Karyn Greenstreet has been working with Mastermind Groups since 1994.  She writes about Mastermind topics ranging from the big issues like getting started to the management ones like fees and confidentiality.  You’ll also read occasionally about how to deal with the crazies that can pop up. If you want to get started with a Mastermind, the Success Alliance is for you.

Coach the Life Coach. Tim Brownson has added coach training to his offerings.  As a result, he has added a second blog call Coach the Life Coach. While this blog is too new to evaluate, it holds great promise as a place for new coaches to understand what they need to do to find and keep clients.

Try them out. The worst you could do is decide they are not for you and then you can unsubscribe.  On the other hand, they may just change your life.

Part 5 is coming soon. Every meal needs a desert.  Some blogs are just for fun!

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Enrollment is Open for UCU Fall Launch Workshop

On September 17, Ultimate Coach University opens its door for the next cohort of coaches at its Launch Workshop.  Here are a few things past students have said:

Why should you consider coming? If any of these reasons for attending apply to you, please join us.

IMG_0613You want to see “coaching training” up close to see if it fits your vision. You’ve seen trainers and you’ve seen consultants, and something seems to be missing.  Maybe coaching is it.

Mike Least at Coach SchoolYou are a coach and want more formal training so you can play a bigger game.

You get pumped beyond belief by supporting others to play full-out.

You are looking for the pieces of getting your International Coach Federation credential.

You want to succeed. You want your team to succeed. And you know that with the right type of support you can improve your ability to inspire and hold others accountable for accomplishing significant achievements.

IMG_1021Let’s face it; we all have experienced coaching and have seen coaching in action.  Have you ever thought about understanding coaching without the pressure of results? That’s what the UCU Launch workshop in September offers. Three days to understand coaching.

  • Day One is about thinking like a coach.
  • Day Two is about acting like a coach.
  • Day Three is about being a coach.

When you attend the three day Launch from September 17-19 in Dallas, Texas, you receive:

  • Online DiSC profile to assess your communication style
  • Experience as a coach and as a client (your first three sessions)
  • Your UCU Resource Workbook
  • Online Time Mastery profile and self-coaching application
  • Your copy of Coaching for Performance by Sir John Whitmore.
  • Your copy of StandOut by Marcus Buckingham.
  • New Client Welcome Forms
  • Sample Coaching Agreements
  • Small student/faculty ratio for personal attention
  • Student rates on coaching tools

Cupid Shuffle 2Want to talk about how this might just be what you are looking for?  Email dana@ultimatecoachuniversity.com for more details or a personal conversation about how UCU may be for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feed Your Head: Read Blogs

beautiful woman holding rss logoYou are what you eat, and that’s especially true about your brain food.  While you’ve heard all of the reasons to read, think about what happens if you don’t stretch your brain.

You will never ever get any better than you are now.

You give up your right to be called “professional.”  By their very definition, professionals are always working to improve.  You have chosen to be an amateur.

You cut yourself off from other people.

One of the best ways you can feed your head is by reading and one of the easiest ways to access reading material is through blogs and newsletters.  How do you find them and how do you access them easily?  Here are a few ideas.

CaptureThe best way to find blogs that you like is to follow the breadcrumbs that others leave.  May be you’ll find a link in a Facebook post.  If you like what you find, subscribe.

I love to uncover lists.  Here are three recent ones that were very productive for leadership coaches.

Wouldn’t you like to find Hidden Gems? Maybe you want to check out socially shared blogs.  One of my favorite lists comes from Julie Stewart, who gives previews of the entries in her list of coaching blogs.

Once you find a blog you like, subscribe.  Honestly, every blog wants you to subscribe so you won’t have any problem figuring out how to do it.  There are three basic ways to subscribe.

Subscribe by email.  Nearly 90 percent of the Ultimate Coach University blog subscribers choose email.  That means whenever something new is posted, it shows up in your in box.  The biggest problem with this method is when you are buried in emails.  You delete the blog posts or simply unsubscribe in frustration.  How about something different?  Create an email folder called blogs and just shove them in that folder until you have a chance to read them.  Better yet, create an Outlook rule that sends the emails directly to that folder.

Subscribe by online RSS. This is the most popular way to subscribe.  Until recently, Google Reader was the app of choice.  When Google decided to end their reader, others have sprung up.   I started using the old reader.  It’s a lot like the Google reader and I think it is actually easier to navigate.  If you want to try this approach, Duct Tape Marketing has a great list of alternative blog readers.

Subscribe by Outlook RSS. If you use Outlook 2007 or newer, you have a blog reader built into your outlook.  It’s relatively easy to start using and the blogs will automatically go to separate folders. (The worst part about the whole process is understanding the Microsoft instructions.)

So go hunting!  Feed your head.  This is the first in a five part series about reading blogs.  Part 2 is on appetizers:  those great bits of head food you just can’t skip.

 

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Celebrating Our New Coaches: Leisa Burgin

Lesia Burgin, lia sophiaMeet Leisa Burgin, Certified Direct Selling Coach, from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Leisa is an energetic and enthusiastic woman!  She is a wife and mom with a busy lifestyle. She runs a successful business from home and is a Division Manager for lia sophia.

She completed the direct selling certification program this year and uses coaching with her team.  Janet Daniels, Leisa’s mentor coach praises her growth as a coach.

Leisa continues to brighten our day at UCU.  This is just one example of her encouragement to others. “I am SO grateful, thankful, and praising God that I’m completely finished!!!!!!!!!!!  Yay!!! I want to thank each of you for being great coaches & for being so supportive and kind.”

Janet Daniels, Leisa’s mentor coach has great things to say about coaching her.  “Leisa was very dedicated to being coached. When we started coaching, she was overwhelmed with the busyness of her life, business and family. She always had more to do than she had time for in the day and felt like she had to do it all herself. Through coaching, Leisa was able to set priorities, delegate better and hire people to do some of the things she always did.”

You can find out more about Leisa’s business at

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