The correlation of Yoga & Life Coaching

Retreat photo.jpg Ever since I started practicing Yoga, I believed that Yoga & Life Coaching seem to  overlap that is why I wanted to combine both in my workshops and retreats. Since, the beginning of February I’ve been studying yoga on a teacher training course in Mysore, South India and the more I study, the greater correlations I see.
According to the Yogic philosophy there are five stages of mind: Mooda, which means attachment, Kshipta, which means confusion, Nikshipta, which means clarity that is not sustainable, Ekagra, which means focus, resolve, and Niruddha which means clarity and sustainable focus. Yoga is working towards helping someone to achieve the last two stages of mind: focus and sustainable clarity.
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FAIL= First Attempt In Learning (reframing failure)

All of my life I’ve been working towards success being driven most of the times by my fear of failure, which was actually fear of being exposed, fear of being viewed as a looser, fear to admit that sometimes the result of any kind of an attempt can be out of control or unpredictable. My engagement with life coaching has helped me a lot to reframe the idea of failure and convert it into an opportunity for learning and growth.

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3 ways to engage your team

team-386673_640Mike Brent and Fiona Dent, in their book ‘The leadership pf teams’, point out that  three things seem to be paramount when it comes to engaging a team: Purpose, Involvement and Appreciation. How do these 3 factors work?
Purpose: the team members should be clear about what is the purpose of the project they work on as well as how they can contribute towards that purpose both as individuals an as a team. The purpose always signified the direction
Involvement: all the members of the team should be involved at the process in order to own the purpose. What is the best way for you to involve your  team?
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The value of transactional trust in coaching

Screenshot_2018-12-14-13-50-08-685One, and maybe the most important, indicator of a successful coaching relationship is trust. A mutual trust between the coach and the coachee. What do both need to trust in? Dennis and Michelle Reina, in their book ‘Trust and Betrayal in the workplace point out three types of transactional trust:

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Information Fatigue Syndrome

InformationToday it was the first time I heard about the Information fatigue syndrome defined as the stress that results from having to deal with excessive amounts of information.

In a report done by Reuters News Agency called ‘Dying for information?’ over 1000 managers and CEOs were were serveyed globally and it was found that information anxiety is now a part of most executives and a significant percentage of them, 43% find hard to make important decisions because of data overload, while they may be suffering from stress related health problems brought on by too much information.

What does this mean for executives and managers?
How could we act proactively to prevent information fatigue syndrome?

Feel free to share your answers 😉

Source. Lee, A (2007) Multiple streams of coaching income. Missouri, MP Press.

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Success despite Adversity

Last week my friend Michael Robinson talked about success despite adversity on his Saturday’s radio show on microbin radio. Being intrigued by these words, I checked the online Cambridge Dictionary to find out the exact definition of both. So, according to it, success is the achievement of the results of something wanted or hoped for, or something that achieves positive results. Adversity is defined as a difficulty or an unlucky situation or event.

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Opportunity vs Fear

Every new situation involves a challenge. Much as appealing as might seem to be, it requires us to step out of our comfort zone and let go of an old way of doing things. Now, in the era of uncertaintly, the era of destressed economy, many of us have envisioned a greater career, a more profitable job with the prospect of career development, yet we are afraid of leaving what we have and make the change. This fear prevents us from making decisions. This fear makes us create comfort zones.   It cannot be denied that nowadays there are not many options for carreer opportunities, especially in my country, Greece, yet facing any kind of fear always entails a gift.

Except with a challenge, every new situation involves an opportunity. I invite you, therefore, to see what opportunities you are loosing because of your fear. What is the worst thing that can happen and how are you going to handle this, if it happens? What can you do to prevent the worst case scenario? What skills and strengths of yours will help you to muddle through and get what you aspire?

What change needs to happen so that you will not leave in the fear of moving forward?

I am more than sure that you’ve got all the answers within you. This fear has happened in my life and I always remember what Tom Robbins used to say: ‘We make a change when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change’

Good luck!

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Creating a New Year that works better

           The year of 2015 is coming to an and. Christmas period is an opportunity for many of us to reflect on the year that is passing by, celebrate with our beloved ones, redefine issues, outline decisions we feel like making, set new goals and form new year’s resolution (s).

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Decision vs Solution Focused Coaching

Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για decision makingI was recently asked by a founder of a company if decision coaching constitutes a form of solution focused coaching. All I had to do was to explain the differences among them.

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Making Meetings more Rewarding

meetingAttending meetings is an inevitable part of our professional lives. I bet that most of us have left meetings feeling drained, confused and uncertain of what to do.
David Wethey in his book, ‘Decide. Better ways of making better decisions’, argues that meetings have a purpose: to decide things, and thus, he puts forward a few suggested hygiene factors.
If you are a CEO or someone in charge of holding meetings you may consider the following hygiene questions.
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