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  • Premium Classes | wellcoaches

    Deepen Your Coaching Efficacy With New Skills Design Coaching Essential Marketing Workshop Series Register today! Facilitator: Jennifer Bristol Date/time: 6-8:30 p.m. ET Tuesdays, April 26, May 24 and June 21 Cost: $585 CEUs: Wellcoaches 7.5, NBHWC 7.5 Becoming a coach can be immediately rewarding when it comes to client work, but a little more daunting when you realize you’ve been thrown into the entrepreneurship pool at the same time, with little guidance on the business side of building your practice. Much of the information available about business-building feels harsh and counterintuitive to service-based entrepreneurs. However, there is a way to use the same integrity, intention, and intuition you use with your coaching clients to build that business - one with a foundation and marketing strategy that supports both how you want to work and how you want to live. Whether you’re just getting started, up-leveling your practice, or completely burned out and just know something needs to change, we’re going to dig deep for clarity, then put the pieces of the puzzle together so your business and lifestyle both thrive. Participation in this course will help you tap into your highest level of service by identifying and attracting your ideal clients consistently, putting your resources to work for you - your time, your materials, and your money, identify holes in the foundation of your business, and create an intentional brand and culture, take control of your content (maybe even uncover some resources you didn’t know you had!), master your messaging by learning to create copy and have conversations that convert, and ultimately amplify your outreach, impact, and income as a coach. This is an experiential course with dozens of processes and tools to help you implement new strategies and changes immediately. A custom workbook will be provided. ​ This 3-part workshop series will cover the following topics in each session: Foundation & Flow + Materials & Resources 6-8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, April 26 - How to take control of your time, money, and other resources - How to discover and attract your ideal clients - Hone in on the breadth and depth of existing resources and put them to work for you - How to construct and price a program/offer Branding, Culture & Values + Messaging & Selling 6-8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, May 24 - Understand basics of branding and storytelling - Understand tangible aspects of branding such as look and style - Understand intangible aspects of branding such as engagement and consistency - Learn how to express brand through copywriting, influence, and subtle selling strategies Monetizing Your Message + Writing Your Marketing Plan 6-8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, June 21 - How to build campaigns - How to engage affiliates or joint ventures - Identify advertising and public relations opportunities and strategies - Compile a comprehensive, actionable marketing plan for your offer or entire business Nature-Based Coaching: Using the power of the natural world to help heal, inspire, and challenge Registration Closed Facilitator: Michael Scholtz Date/Time: Noon-1:30 p.m. ET Wednesdays, May 25-June 15 Cost: $400 CEUs: Wellcoaches 6, ACSM 6, NBHWC 6 We will explore empirical evidence of the positive effects of nature on emotional and physical well-being. From beneficial bacteria in the soil we touch, to breathing in the aromatics of plants and trees, to listening to the calming quality of birdsong, nature measurably impacts our health. We’ll discuss some of the compelling science as well as some ideas for helping clients connect to nature in a way that soothes and heals. Beyond the benefits to our health, nature can inspire us to greater things. Being in the outdoors can help clients to tap into positive emotions, which can open their eyes to new pathways and resources they are not fully utilizing. And, in nature, we can seek challenges. Nature provides an arena where adventures can unfold. We will talk about ways clients can discover their own growth-promoting adventures. ​ Participants in the course will benefit from the following learning: You will learn about scientific evidence that supports how nature positively impacts our health and well-being. You will learn about resources that you can share with clients to help them better utilize the healing powers of the outdoors. You will learn about how nature can lead to inspiration, creating a space for your clients to create more expansive visions and take on more growth opportunities. You will learn about resources that you can share with clients to help them use nature experiences to tap into inspiration. You will learn about ways in which clients can use outdoor adventure as a tool for growth. ​ Informational Session and Q&A To learn more about the course, please watch this recorded informational session and Q&A hosted May 16. ​ Michael Scholtz Group Coaching Basics Registration Opens in August Facilitator: Michael Scholtz Date/time: October 5-November 9 (tentative dates) Cost: $440 CEUs: Wellcoaches 9, ACSM 9, NCHEC 9, NBHWC 9 This 6-week course on group coaching is a win-win-win. You reach more people and your clients access more affordable coaching. And, everyone benefits from the supportive network and creative power of a community. The ability to create groups, effectively market to groups, and conduct group sessions requires that you learn new skills and that you apply your core coaching skills in new ways. ​ Participants will learn: • how to develop a successful group coaching practice • what group coaching is and how it differs from individual coaching • logistics of group coaching (determining group size, meeting length, fees, etc.) • how to manage group dynamics • how to market your program This class includes both sharing of ideas and practice. Participants will have the opportunity to be coached and coach others as we explore the unique dynamics provided by a group environment. Class Outline Week #1: Group Coaching Introduction: Definition, Challenges and Opportunities Week #2: Structuring Your Group Experience Week #3: Creating a Community Week #4: Preparing Your Toolbox Week #5: Finding Your Niche and Marketing Week #6: Skills Practice About Michael Scholtz Motivational Interviewing Postponed Facilitator: Darlene Trandel CEUs: Wellcoaches 10, ACSM 10, NCHEC 10, NBHWC 10 This class will guide participants through an in-depth sequence of learning activities to enhance your knowledge, skills and application of MotivationaI Interviewing and add to your coaching competencies. Participants will: Explore the different ways to support behavior change included in the Motivational interviewing four processes: Engaging, Guiding, Evoking and Planning Learn and apply the key principles and core skills of MI Deepen and vary reflective listening skills, eliciting change talk and responding effectively to sustain talk, discord and change talk. Develop additional skills for helping patients to explore and resolve their ambivalence about health behavior change. Explore the approach and principles MI uses to share information Apply and practice MI skills and strategies designed to evoke motivation for change. Adapt the MI method and spirit to best fit participants’ current practice setting The widely used approach of Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers many evidence-informed, person-centered communication skills and techniques to compliment your coaching competencies. Professionals can use these skills to achieve successful and sustained behavior outcomes and encourage growth and progress with their clients. There is robust scientific evidence to support the efficacy of MI in helping patients make positive health-behavior changes. Research has demonstrated that motivational interviewing can improve client engagement, help to resolve client ambivalence, and promote client activation in activities that lead to better health outcomes. Learning activities will include demonstrations, class discussions and presentations, and small group exercises, with opportunities for participant practice with feedback. Consider attending this class if you are a coach or healthcare professional who: Works with people to change health behaviors. Are interested in learning more about MI or building/increasing the MI knowledge/skills you already have Would like to translate MI knowledge into practice. Wants a hands-on opportunity to hone MI skills. Preparation materials for the class will be provided. Suggested resource (not required): Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change, 3rd Edition (Applications of Motivational Interviewing) by William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick | Sep 7, 2012 Magnificent Messmaker® Mindset Workshop – Getting Out of Your Own Way Facilitator: Sheryl Richard Do you want to bravely show up as your authentic self, embracing and working toward what you want in your life? Does fear of success, messing up, or failing keep you from pursuing what is meaningful for you and retreating to a comfort zone? Are any of these pain points for you: vulnerability, transparency, shame, inadequacy? Have perfectionistic tendencies gotten in the way of who/how you want to be and what you want to accomplish? ​ Welcome to this class if you answered yes to any of those questions. Take a deep breath and know that you are not alone. Many of us go through life as though everything needs to be perfectly polished, including ourselves, in order for things to be accomplished or even started. We compare ourselves to others, overthink, plan, and prepare to the point of chronic procrastination. We exaggerate our strengths while masquerading our weaknesses and shortcomings for fear that we will be exposed. Why is this so? Well, there are various reasons. The thoughts and the narratives running through our minds are among the culprits. What do we do about it? We can accept that we are in this together, have grace for ourselves and others, and allow our experiences to be springboards rather than showstoppers in our resolve to resiliently persevere, grow, achieve, and thrive. This class entails a review of, and deeper dive into, the concepts presented in the previous two Magnificent Messmaker® member classes (recordings included with registration). Sheryl Richard will walk participants through the Magnificent Messmaker® framework, which involves Self-Determination Theory and Triple Threat™ as they are related to growth mindset and healthy perspectives. She will also share practices and tools to carry the learning forward with real-life applicability. Breakout discussions, in-and-outside of class exercises, and other experiential opportunities will allow participants to explore perspectives of (and relationship with) failure, success, and what it means to thrive. Participants will learn practical ways to embrace and embody their authentic selves. In addition, guest speakers will share their perspectives and experiences, modeling what it means to be a Magnificent Messmaker® ​ The learning objectives for this course are: Discuss the concept of Magnificent Messmaker®, Triple Threat™, and Self-Determination Theory Identify practices for improving perspectives Identify opportunities and practices for navigating the fear of messing up Address healthy responses to making mistakes, failure, and success Commit to cultivating a growth mindset

  • Health Coach Training | Wellcoaches

    People powered Life changing Evidence based Become a National Board Certified Coach Free Information Session Register and Get Started 20+ years, 14,000 Coaches, 50 Countries We teach you how to help people change, grow and thrive Professional health and well-being coaches are expert facilitators of sustainable change in mindset and ​behaviors. Translating science and innovation into coaching practice, Wellcoaches teaches you how to use evidence-based coaching tools and processes designed to help others change, grow and thrive. We wrote the textbook on health coaching We authored the first coaching textbook in healthcare and well-being, now in its second edition. The Coaching Psychology Manual , the foundation of our program, is recommended reading for National Board Certified Coaches and widely used as the text for several coach training programs as well as academic courses, including a Science of Coaching Psychology Course at Harvard University Extension School. Check out the research based on our coaching model. More than 20 years as pioneering leaders In January 2000, Wellcoaches founded the first coaching school for health and well-being professionals, with a vision of creating a new health professional who is expert in facilitating behavior change. Our 20 year journey in designing and testing coaching protocols, training models, and skills assessment, pursuing research and unifying standards, helped enable CPT codes for health and well-being coaching , naming the coach as a healthcare professional, launched in January 2020. It’s a great book and it really helped me get my footing on coaching. It really addresses everything I wanted to know and more. I remember thinking every evening after reading a section that: “wow, If I can get this down, I’d be a great coach” and I felt challenged and inspired. I still go back to it because some things they just explained so wonderfully. - Willem van der Walt, Agile Coach at Capitec Bank We collaborate with partners, including the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, to help everyone who works in healthcare and wellness learn how to coach to improve health, well-being, and quality of life. We are also an approved training program for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching. ​ Together, let's create a world where everyone welcomes change, enjoys growth, and is good at both. Apply for the National Board Certification after completing our certification program. Even if you don’t have an allied health background, we offer a pathway for you to become a Certified Health & Well-being Coach. Wellcoaches has supported over 1,00 coaches in taking the national exam with a 94.5% pass rate! Why Become a Coach How Coaching Works video The Science of Coaching Testimonials Participating in the 4-day Wellcoaches training & certification process was a rewarding experience. The pace of the program was just what I needed as a busy mom with a demanding career in healthcare. The curriculum was well put together and the instructors were simply amazing. I loved that they offered real life experiences and presented the content in a manner that was easily understood. The self paced modules provided me with an opportunity to review them at my convenience, some of which I reviewed multiple times because the information was so intriguing. At the completion of the Wellcoaches training & certification program, I feel I have learned priceless skills that I can use in my everyday life as a nurse, leader, coach, and entrepreneur. I am thankful to have found such an amazing program that has provided me with a solid foundation to coach clients with confidence. Kai Lang DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CHWC Approvals, Accreditations and Continuing Education Enjoy many options for earning continuing education through out global partnerships, approvals and accreditations! Keep growing with us! Launch your new career with a Wellcoaches Certification, which prepares you for additional national and international certifications! 1. Begin with Wellcoaches Training & Certification Foundational coach track for those who want to master coaching competencies. There are three pathways: Certified Health and Well-being Coach Certified Personal Coach Certified Health and Well-being Coach with a Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine Requirements, Costs & Timelines 2. Next, earn the National Board for Health and Well-being Coaching Certification Once you have achieved the Wellcoaches Certification, you may be eligible to become a National Board Certified - Health and Well-being Coach. Requirements, Costs & Timelines 3. Then, earn the International Coach Federation Certification Once you have achieved the Wellcoaches Certification and completed our Advanced Coach Training and Certification, you may be eligible to earn an ICF Certification. Requirements, Costs & Timelines Join Over 14,000 Coaches in 50 Countries As a Wellcoach, you join a strong, mature, international, professional community of like-minded learners who value the highest quality, evidence-based coaching. 14,106 Coaches trained in over 50 countries 21 Staff with ICF or NBHWC certifications 21 Years of coach training 94.5 1,000 Wellcoaches have taken the National Board Exam Our Strategic Partners These world-renowned medical societies have chosen to endorse only Wellcoaches as the leader in coach training. You can be assured that when you say you have been Wellcoaches-trained, you will be recognized as a respected member of the coaching profession, supported by decades of research and advocacy from these leaders in the field of healthcare. Resources & Science Our team writes and presents prolifically on the art and science of coaching. Enjoy our best articles and books written by Wellcoaches faculty, as well as our favorite videos and presentations. Books and Articles Videos Research

  • Jun Module 1: 4 week | Wellcoaches

    Health and Well-Being Coach Training: 4 Fridays: 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24 Virtual Accelerated Learning Back to all classes This is an accelerated learning option where you will attend 18 lessons over 4 days. Note that preparation for this course requires an average of 20 hours of reading and listening in advance. Our Health and Well-being Coach Training program is widely respected as the gold standard. Our industry-first programs gave birth to a new professional, the Certified Health and Well-being Coach. The training is also open to those who do not intend to become a Health Coach but wish to learn the skills and behaviors to apply in other settings as Personal Coach. Our Health and Well-being coach training and certification programs, endorsed by our strategic partners, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, are designed for professionals with expertise such as: weight, nutrition, fitness, stress or mind/body medicine, lifestyle medicine, chronic disease, and mental health. We offer a 90-minute information session each month! Reserve Your Spot! $100 Early bird discount for Module 1 available until Apr 22. We offer payment plans dependent upon your date of registration. PayPal credit is also available as a payment option. Training Only - Module 1: $1475 Register now Wellcoaches Certification Track - Module 1 - 3: $2300 Register now Purchasing all 3 Modules together provides a $25 discount on Module 2 and $25 discount on Module 3. National Certification Track - Module 1 - 4: $2550 Register now Purchasing all 4 Modules together provides a $25 discount on Module 2 and 3, and $145 discount on Module 4. ​ Special offer: Purchase the 1-4 bundle today and receive the National Board Certification Preparation Course ($75 value)! Register for Information Session Uncertain about the 4-week intensive? Here is what Rachel said after her experience - "The four day virtual class was a whirlwind in the best possible way. It was interactive, reflective, and dynamic. I came away from the course energized to start using my new coaching skills in every part of my life! It is a lot to process in four days and I was glad I had done most of the online work (and mentally processed all that information) ahead of time. The faculty rotated so that they never taught more than a couple lessons in a row. This meant that we had fresh and energetic teachers the whole time.” Module 1 Class Dates/Times (listed in New York time) Click here for timezone conversion. Fridays DAY 1 – Jun 3 10:00am-7:30pm ET ​ DAY 2 – Jun 10 10:00-5:30pm ET ​ DAY 3 – Jun 17 10:00am - 7:00pm ET ​ DAY 4 – Jun 24 10:00am - 5:00pm ET Faculty Our classes are provided live online, allowing you to learn from and be mentored by the most experienced and credentialed faculty in the industry. ​ This class is delivered in a virtual classroom, with screen sharing and video capability, via your computer. Active engagement in discussion and practice are a key part of being a student and becoming a coach. ​ Overview of technical requirements. Deadlines Early Bird for $100 discount: Apr 22, 2022 ​ Registration deadline: Extended to May 31, 2022 at 5pm ET or when full ​ Certification deadline: Jan 15, 2024 ​ This module is a prerequisite for Module 2 . You must complete Modules 2 and 3 for Wellcoaches Certification! Review the Certification Handbook . Watch an 11-minute overview describing training and certification requirements. Materials Note that preparation for this course requires an average of 20 hours of reading and listening in advance. Required Purchase (ebook recommended): The Coaching Psychology Manual , 2nd edition ​ Additional reading and listening materials are provided upon registration. What you will learn in this course Describe/apply science-based theory to facilitate lasting change Elicit mindful self-awareness and insights Apply self-determination theory and motivational interviewing techniques to support clients in uncovering the autonomous motivation needed for change Leverage the science of positive psychology to help clients apply their strengths and gain the capacity to adapt to setbacks Help clients develop self-efficacy and resilience Learn how and when to provide expert advice or referrals to enable just-in-time learning of knowledge and skills Apply principles of goal-setting theory to help clients design engaging visions and goals that spur them to go beyond what they can do alone FAQ See it in a picture! Overview of the certification process The first step in becoming a Certified Wellcoach® Our classes provide you with the essential theories of coaching science and application of skills coaching, based on our Coaching Psychology Manual (required text; ebook recommended). The Manual is the foundation of our program, a primary study tool to become a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and is widely used as the text for several coach training programs as well as academic courses, including a Science of Coaching Psychology Course at Harvard University Extension School. Check out the research based on our coaching model . In addition to participating in live classes, you will receive our 10-hour coaching habits e-course. Completion of these two courses, including ALL live classes, will be required to receive a Certificate of Attendance. ​ This module is a prerequisite for Module 2 . You must complete Modules 2 and 3 for Wellcoaches Certification! Review the Certification Handbook . Watch an 11-minute overview describing training and certification requirements. ​ How long will it take to become Certified? Here is a sample timeline for completing all the Modules required to become a Certified Wellcoach® and applying for the National exam when you have enrolled in the 4-day or 4-week training option: Keep in mind that 4-Day/4-Week cohorts require 15-20 hours of course pre-work (i.e., reading the manual, listening to coaching demos, and reading articles) before you begin the training January: Begin Module 1 by attending 4-full days of live virtual classes along, an e-course and all class feedback surveys and knowledge assessments. February-March: Complete Module 2 by participating in five-2-hour live virtual classes, two e-courses, and completing feedback surveys and knowledge assessments. April: Begin Module 3 by completing three, 1-hour mentoring sessions and begin work with practice client(s). May-June: Complete Module 3 by submitting Wellness Visions and Goals (for you and one client) and passing the written and oral exams. June-July: Receive your "Certified Wellcoach®" designation and start conducting the 50 coaching sessions needed to apply for the NBHWC exam. August: Complete Module 4, "Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches", assessments and feedback surveys. Receive your "Lifestyle Medicine Coach" certificate. Apply to take the National exam, through National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching after completing all four modules and you have practiced with your own clients for 50 coaching sessions.

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  • What's an evidence-based dose of coaching in healthcare?

    In February 2022, the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine published our article entitled “Dosing of Health and Wellness Coaching for Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes: Research Synthesis to Derive Recommendations.” The primary purpose of our study was to determine an effective initial amount (or dose) of health and wellness coaching to recommend to patients with obesity and/or type 2 diabetes (T2D). To make this determination, we closely examined the health and wellness (HWC) coaching literature using the previously published Compendium papers. After identifying 88 peer-reviewed articles (51 obesity; 37 T2D), we synthesized the amount of HWC effectively applied in this literature. We defined and quantified HWC programming using five variables: 1. session duration 2. session number 3. session frequency 4. program length 5. total HWC dose The general dosing recommendations we derived for HWC are shown here: This programming information can serve as a guideline for coaches when a patent asks, “How long will this take?” Now, the coach can provide an evidence-based answer to that important question. Another important function of these HWC dose recommendations is to provide physicians a starting place when referring patients to coaching treatment or intervention. All treatments have initial dosing recommendations (e.g., 8 sessions of physical therapy, 16 weeks of cardiac rehabilitation, or 10 mg of a statin). Such prescriptions allow for patient planning while also enabling appropriate billing practices to be understood and arranged. Underlying all initial prescriptions, is the fact that every prescription is adaptable to accommodate patient needs. Everything from a medication to an exercise prescription, can be adjusted to fit an individual patient. Flexibility is most certainly true for these HWC dosing recommendations. HWC is a patient-centric process, and these guidelines are in no way meant to change or violate this critical concept. All programming variables (from single session duration to program length and total HWC load) are ultimately determined by a patient and coach working together to determine how to best serve a patient. The recommendations provided in this study provide a reasonable and initial coaching dose that would be effective in most circumstances. If you are practicing coach, use these guidelines to best suit your needs and the needs of your patients. These recommendations were derived from studies involving obese and diabetic patients. It is reasonable to extend these findings to other patient groups, awaiting more data. HWC is a fast-evolving profession with need for science-based guidelines that support best practice guidelines. The recommendations in this article are appropriate for initial HWC programming guidelines. Dosing guidelines are sign of a maturing health profession. Check out the full paper to learn more about our investigation. References 1. Sforzo GA, Kaye MP, Faber A, Moore M. Dosing of Health and Wellness Coaching for Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes: Research Synthesis to Derive Recommendations. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2022. On-line First. doi:10.1177/15598276211073078 2. Sforzo GA, Kaye MP, Todorova I, et al. Compendium of the Health and Wellness Coaching Literature. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2018;12(6):436-447. doi:10.1177/1559827617708562 3. Sforzo GA, Kaye MP, Harenberg S, et al. Compendium of Health and Wellness Coaching: 2019 Addendum. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2020;14(2):155-168. doi:10.1177/1559827619850489

  • Well-being is the New Leadership. Here’s a Map.

    As we wrote in the Institute of Coaching report – Leading with Humanity - the pandemic era has awakened our humanity as leaders. More of us are tuning into the ultimate purpose of organizations - to serve humans - our aspirations, needs, values, strengths – the sum of everything that influences human well-being. Everything leaders and organizations do have the ultimate, higher intention of making human lives better. We are moving away, albeit slowly, from bureaucracies where humans serve institutions and moving toward “humanocracies” where institutions serve humans and humanity. How work drives human well-being is right in front of our eyes now – connection, trust, relationships, purpose, engagement, collaboration, productivity, and creativity – these are drivers of BOTH human well-being AND great performance at work. Our eyes confirm the work of researchers. Leading well, aka being led well, has been shown to generate psychological and physical well-being – improving engagement and reducing stress and burnout. The research shows that the reverse is true too – life well-being enables our best performance at work. What’s a map then for leaders to foster human well-being, in ways that also enable great work? In my co-authored Harvard Health book, Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life, we explored nine universal personality elements that code for our individual needs, values, interests, and strengths. Each of us has our own formula for well-being based on our unique personality mix. These personality elements also manifest in 8 types of corporate cultures, as explored in an HBR article on corporate culture. We’ve since mapped the nine elements to a variety of personality models, including: Jung's cognitive functions, the basis of the Myers-Briggs assessment Enneagram model of personality drives Let’s consider how these core elements of well-being offer leaders a whole, human-centered model for leading well. Autonomy (Jung’s introverted feeler, Enneagram Reformer) A primary human need is autonomy (self-determination theory) – to live our lives in alignment with our core values, interests, needs, and strengths. High levels of autonomy are needed to lead well – to model personal responsibility, stand up for what is good and right, to be authentic, and to be courageous and values-driven. Empowering others to do the same promotes their autonomy and well-being. Relational (Jung’s extraverted feeler, Enneagram Helper) Another primary need is relationships where we attune to and serve others’ needs, strengths, and values, and receive the same in return. Social intelligence and compassion have been shown to be vital in leadership and teamwork. They generate well-being in followers as we/they feel connected, seen, heard, appreciated, respected, and supported, especially in tough situations. Confidence (Self-Determination Theory, Enneagram Challenger) Confidence is both task-specific and broad. It’s a big driver of well-being – one of the three core psychological needs unpacked in Self-Determination Theory. We dearly want to be competent, using our strengths to master work and life’s challenges. Leaders continually help people learn, grow, and expand their competence and confidence, which spills over to engagement - using our skills and knowledge well at work. Continual growing and learning is a hallmark of a human-centered leader - for self and others. Regulator (Jung’s introverted sensor, Enneagram Loyalist) We all need a sense of stability, balance, safety, and security, built upon a work (and life) environment that is carefully constructed to have integrity and to be stable. Good leaders know how to balance and stabilize themselves (e.g. good emotion regulation, good fitness, and health). They encourage everyone to be physically and psychologically fit and healthy, and to steer around reactivity and burnout. They also create a psychologically safe culture and a sound organizational structure (e.g. people, processes, finances). Adventurer (Jung’s extraverted sensor, Enneagram Enthusiast) Once adults (like children) feel stable, they are ready to explore, take risks, learn new things, create new adventures, find the lessons in adversity, enjoy life’s pleasures, and change what’s ripe for reinvention. Leaders model the adventurous spirit, agile and enthusiastic, shaking up the status quo, and keeping up or, even better, getting ahead of external change. Thinker (Jung’s introverted thinker, Enneagram Investigator) People want to understand how things work, what causes what, to solve complex problems, and to make and implement great decisions. Leaders model critical, objective thinking and analysis, finding the truth camouflaged in the noise and messiness of human minds and activity. Leaders’ thinking processes are on display in their communications, helping others think and understand clearly their analysis and best steps forward. Standard Setter (Jung’s extraverted thinker, Enneagram Achiever) Humans need to strive toward a purpose and goals, to have a reason to bounce out of bed and make ourselves and our world a little better every day. Leaders model the purposeful goal-directed process – defining what excellence looks like, designing goals and being accountable to get there, getting things done, and tracking and reporting continual progress. Creative (Jung’s extraverted intuitive, Enneagram Individualist) While most of us aren’t songwriters or artists, we all want to be creative and develop new opportunities, new ways of doing things, and new or improved products and services. Co-creative collaboration is particularly nourishing – when we come together and invent things none of us could do alone. Leaders help themselves and others be more creative, igniting and inspiring others to go nonlinear, to outgrow today’s ways of thinking, feeling, and doing. Strategist (Jung’s introverted intuitive, Enneagram Peacemaker) The ability to step back and zoom out to see the whole picture, create harmony, make meaning of complex situations, find the wisdom in the moment, synthesize all of the data into a strategy – this is the higher purpose of leadership. Leaders are in their roles because they handle more complexity, spot gaps, see further ahead, and find and convey meaning, wisdom, gratitude, and good strategy. As a human-centered checklist on the well-being of the people and organization you lead, consider how well you are supporting these nine personality elements individually and collectively - autonomy, relationships, competence, regulation and stability, adventure and change, critical thinking and decisions, ambition and direction-setting, creativity, and strategic thinking. While our personality structures vary widely in the sorting of our mental processes, drives, and strengths, we share all of the underlying elements. This is our common humanity, which makes for a good starting point in mapping human well-being to leadership. Onward and upward, Coach Meg Resources: Institute of Coaching report: Leading with Humanity - the future of leadership and coaching McKinsey & Company - Cultivating compassionate leadership during COVID-19 Humanocracy - Creating organizations as great as the people in them Research Handbook on Work & Well-being Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life, Harvard Health book published by William Morrow The Leader's Guide to Corporate Culture, Harvard Business Review Carl Jung's Psychological Types Enneagram personality types Self-determination theory Social intelligence Compassion matters in leadership Josh Bersin - The secret to well-being at work is leadership

  • How Coaching Works: The Beginning

    Wellcoaches created the animated movie “How Coaching Works” to explain health and well-being coaching when it was in its infancy. Now with almost 2 million views, the video remains a helpful illustration of the beauty of the coach/client relationship. This blog series aims to share the psychological underpinnings of the cartoon. The first blog provides insight into the approaches used by the coach which are based on the principles and processes of coaching psychology. This blog series aims to share the psychological underpinnings of the cartoon. The first blog provides insight into the approaches used by the coach which are based on the principles and processes of coaching psychology. Scene One: MEET In this scene you find the coach in the office with a client. You may expect that it’s the coach’s role to tell my client what to do. Instead, the coach asks them to create a picture of their vision, symbolized by the mountains off in the distance. The client is eager to move toward that vision, and has even started doing some of the thinking necessary to get there, but feels overwhelmed by the things that stand between reality and the dream. The knotted path represents the many possible paths toward the vision. It’s up to the client, with the coach’s support, to figure out which path is the best one. The coach and client first agree on how they are going to work together. They shake hands, symbolizing the important boundary-setting conversation and agreement that starts a coaching relationship. For this relationship to be growth-promoting, the coach radiates warmth, empathy, confidence, zest, humor, and courage. Scene Two: VISION In the next scene, the coach encourages the client to get very clear about what it is that they want, and why. The coach elicits motivation by getting the client to explore why change is important now. They explore what it is exactly that the client wants to create – noting that all of life is invented – and that together they will experiment with how to get from Point A to Point B. Did you know that it’s all invented? According to the Constructionist Principle, we construct our reality - what we perceive, what we believe, what things mean, and what we value. In other words, it’s all made up! And, it’s from this frame of reference that the best coaches work with their clients. They playfully support the client in making up the rules to the client’s “game of life” and in experimenting with the ways to play it. An inspiration for coaches comes from the work of Ben and Rosamund Zander in their book The Art of Possibility. Check it out and learn to say “How fascinating!” about all of life’s knots in the road. Scene Three: THE PLAN Notice that when the client works on their plan, the coach digs into the toolbox and hands over a tool – a BIG pencil. The client is uncertain that they can handle the pencil, but the coach’s certainty is greater than the client’s doubt. From the domain of Hope Psychology, we know clients have the willpower, and now just need to develop the waypower. And, waypower isn’t best developed by having someone tell you what to do, or doing it for you; it’s best developed by experimenting with the change oneself. The client gets specific with what they want to have happen –the specific changes that will take place in their life to get to the mountains in the vision. The more specific, the better. The box that the client draws represents the importance of focus and clarity in setting one’s goals. They are exploring the question of what the client is going to take responsibility for creating, and doing, to reach the beckoning goal. Scene Four: THE JOURNEY As the coach presents the next tool, a trampoline, the client is beginning to feel more confident in their ability to take that first leap. The trampoline represents the power of setting goals that are appealing, specific, and measurable, and of thinking through all that it will take to be successful, including the ever-important supporting relationships. The coach invites the client to recall other times when they have been successful in achieving other life or work goals, as well as their strengths and talents. It’s an opportunity to learn from past successes and to apply one’s strengths, rather than focusing on what’s hard. More building blocks are constructed – the stepping stones to reaching success. The vision of the client’s best self becomes clearer and closer. But as the client continues to experiment, they fall off of the ladder – missing a challenging step. This, of course, happens in real life – we lapse and fall back into our old habits. The coach brings a safety net, a non-judgmental space in which they can explore what happened and what they learned from it. How fascinating! This leads to his insight and decision to create smaller steps, drawn onto the ladder. How important it is to move to action at the right time, with the right goal in mind. There is little benefit to clients of working on goals that are beyond their capability. When clients set goals that are well matched to their readiness to move forward, with enough stretch to be engaging but not too much to produce anxiety, they become aligned with their “best self.” The client rises above the challenge, achieves the plan, and jumps up, having grown into the image of their best self. They are excited as they experience what it feels like to be there – and that will propel more successes going forward. Scene Four: SUCCESS The Coach and Client end with a celebration – the client has found the best path, outgrown perceived roadblocks, and become the vision of their best self. Together the heartily acknowledge the accomplishment. The final scene is a cliff hanger, so to speak. Its message of “To Be Continued” speaks to the fact that change is a journey, a process to revisit continually. We know that as the client continues down the road toward the vision, there will be another knot, or a ditch, or a seemingly impenetrable object. Yet, through the coaching partnership that cultivates hope and the acknowledgement of strengths and abilities, the client will continue on the path and further develop their best self.

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