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Message from Pat - Value of Coaching

The Summer Day

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Message from Pat - Value of Coaching

"You cannot teach a man anything: you can only help him find it within himself."


In thinking about the topic of this month's newsletter, I have been reflecting on the value of coaching. As some of you may know, in addition to working in my business, I have spent the last year serving as an Internal Leadership Coach inside a large organization and helping to grow that department. It has been such a valuable experience for me, teaching me so much about creating community and collaboration (with my colleagues); about the eagerness of human beings wanting to be and do better; and mostly about the true value of coaching.

All coaching was voluntary and this reinforced the idea that one must come to coaching freely and ready to change. Those that came to the coaching relationship were ready to do the work that must be done if you are really intent on changing or looking at things differently. Coaching can be a scary thing, especially inside an organization where things have a tendency to get very comfortable and change (even when it is espoused by the organization) is like pulling all your wisdom teeth out with pliers, without Novocain. Painful.

Impactful work was done when the client informed those around him or her that they were working with a coach. The change was supported by those around the client and even encouraged. When a boss or team knew that the leader was getting coaching, the coaching produced amazing results. Support was key as was the concept that when people knew you were getting coached, they were able to cheer you on and be witness and support to the changes one experiences.

The other thing that magically happened is that those who were being coached noticed their changes extending to their personal lives. There was more of a balance of their time, both inside and outside of the business. They made conscious choices of what their priorities were, and therefore, of where they spent their time and energies. I can tell you with complete confidence that not one of my clients decided to spend more time at the office. I think that anecdote about people who are on their death bed never say, "Gee, I wish I spent more time in the office" is true.

I think one of the greatest values of coaching is that it gives one time for reflection and, therefore, offers an opportunity to get different perspectives. It's like having a tour guide, except the place you are touring is your own life.

So Coaching...valuable? You betchya. Even if you don't hire a coach, find someone in your life who can be objective and has no investment in your outcomes. This will bring you much value in making decisions and finding the answer to that never ending question: "What's next?"

"We could all use a little coaching. When you're playing the game, it's hard to think of everything."

~ Jim Rohn

Step into leading and play a Bigger Game in your life...don't wait...model leadership...the World needs us to do this.

Lead Strong!


The Summer Day

By Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean--
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down--
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Upcoming Workshop

Inviting all Visionaries to an exciting day:

You make your VISION Statement Movie to get clear on who you are and what you want - to transform your fantasy into a clear and bold Vision. It creates a powerful vision for your subconscious mind to engage with - the first brave commitment to your achieving that dream.

Come and learn how to create your own VISION Statement Movie. In this workshop you will spend time creating your vision statement poem and then get into action to create your VISION Statement Movie.

All you need is your vision and a PC or MAC with WiFi. Saturday, March 8, 10:00am to 6:00pm in the San Francisco Bay Area.

See Pat's 2008 Vision Statement Movie: http://www.visionstatement.org.au/pato.html

See more: http://www.visionstatement.org.au
Register: http://www.visionstatement.org.au/sanfranciscog.html

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Recommended Reads with links to Amazon.com

Hot Links!

  • Check out several articles on Personal and Executive Coaching and the value it may bring to you.

  • This You Tube video The Art of Coaching in Business by Greylock Associates is presented as a "Great Video with Powerful Testimonials".

  • Read this article on why Even Tiger Woods Needs a Coach and understand some reasons why business leaders need a coach too.

"Quote For Your Day!"

"There's no such thing as Perfection. But, in striving for perfection, we can achieve excellence"

~ Vince Lombardi

I send out a "Quote for Your Day!" on a daily basis. If you'd like to start your day with a bit of inspiration and sometimes a laugh, sign up for the daily quote by sending a blank e-mail to Quotes@inVisionaria.com with "Quote" in the subject line.

Until next time, I wish you joy and fun and ease and effortlessness!

Pat Obuchowski
CEO, Chief Empowerment Officer

Helping people step into their roles as leaders in their businesses, their communities and the world. Helping people and organizations find their "Bigger Game™".

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Pat Obuchowski is the CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) of inVisionaria. inVisionaria is a company devoted to helping people and organizations find and achieve their vision and their voice. She works with individuals and organizations that are looking for structure, focus and accountability to set and achieve their goals. She also works with people who are ready to make big changes in their businesses and their lives and step into the leaders they've been yearning to be. People who are ready, willing and able to begin playing their "Bigger Game." No kidding. Right now.

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