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).
I 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.
Attending 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.
Having recently worked with my coach on my brand personas, I realized that I’ve spent too much time and energy trying to manage my weaknesses, while I’ve been taking most of my merits, or strengths, for granted. Consequently, there was a feeling of inadequacy acting as a challenge for me in order to meet my objectives.
My coach challenged me to take the strength finder assessment 2.0 and a 360 degree feedback in order to develop a greater awareness of my strengths, and then we worked on ways of capitalizing on my strengths instead of struggling with my weaknesses. As soon as I started owing my strengths and applying them more frequently to the things that I do everyday many changes occurred for good. Needless to say that I’ve developed a more positive mindset that motivated to be more creative and execute my tasks with greater ease and efficiency.
Most of my week days are usually loaded with work related tasks and personal activities but still try to squeeze in having fun and enjoy my leisure time. I like being busy doing many and different things. Apart from my coaching practice I have a full time teaching job in the secondary special education. I love both of my jobs as they serve my mission to support people in reaching their full potential. However, in order to be consistent, present and accountable in everything I do, I always follow a time management plan that enables me to maintain a work- life balance, and this is what I support most of my clients in. I help busy professionals who want to execute their tasks with greater ease and efficiency and communicate their messages in a way that serves them and the people around them. So they usually come out with powerful action steps and they get the peace of mind they want by knowing that their goals will be within reach soon.
Having read today that creativity is the use, the application, and combination of our imagination with skills in order to produce something new, I would be curious to find out first what skills would enable you to be creative and innovative, how could you overlap these skills with your imagination afterwards, and then, how being more creative will affect your working life as well as your everyday life as a whole.
To your creativity,
For many of us September signifies a new beginning. Summer is moving on and the weather starts changing affecting often our mood. Having returned back to our everyday lives from our summer vacation feeling relaxed and brand new somehow, we set new goals to achieve within the autumn and/ or winter season. That can be exciting and daunting at the same time..
William Bridge in his book ‘Managing transitions, making the most of change’ argues that every transitions involves a three phase process. It starts which an Ending that entails dealing with losses as well as letting go of the old ways of doing things. Then, the Neutral Zone begins. The phase when the old is gone and the new isn’t fully operational, and finally, there’s the New Beginning which involves developing a new identity, experience and discovering a new sense of purpose.
Yesterday, Thursday 22nd of November, people in US celebrated the ‘Thanks Giving Day’. For those who might don’t know, on the 4th Thursday of November relatives and friends are getting together in houses, eating Turkey, expressing their thanks for the things they have and celebrating afterwards.
If we had this custom in Europe or anyplace, what would be the things you feel thankful and grateful for? How could you express your thankfulness? How could you celebrate it?
Nowadays when things with the economy are the way they are, the need for social responsibility is more in demand than ever…Social responsibility might involve doing pro bono work, volunteering or philanthropy.
Caterina Rando, a founder of a non profit organisation has said; ‘when you give back to the community, you also feed your soul, participate in a great community for personal growth and have a lot of fun’. Likewise, Martha Wilson, a coach from Canada has said: ‘By volunteering I have gained skills, confidence, friends, an expanded world view, and the certainty that individuals can and do make a difference’.