As you may know, I’ve been working toward my next stage of professional coaching credential by going through a program from The Forton Group in the UK. I took the first course in Toronto last September, and the second course in November. It really is a wonderful program for coaches in organizations, or leaders who want to take their coaching skills up about 30 notches.
This week was the third level, and with some supervised telephone coaching sessions, I’ll be able to get my Associate Coaching Credential. And a great value, for me, is to spend this week with some truly wonderful people who are all passionate about helping people achieve their true potential.
This really helps me to learn about and work through my own challenges – as a coach and as a leader. I’ve come away with a bunch of great challenges, new ways of thinking, and techniques. Some of them I’m leveraging into a couple of workshops that I’m delivering this week around helping employees to create their own resilient careers.
The biggest challenge is the paradigm shift. Most of us have fallen into a view that our career is something that happens because of the actions other people take – particularly those who give us jobs. They define the jobs, we work in those jobs; you string a bunch of those together and you have a career.
My challenge with these workshops is to help people see that it’s not the most useful way to define “career.” A better way is to define “career” as the set of decisions that I make in order to achieve my personal goal, deliver value to companies and customers, in fair trade for making a living.
If I’m able to help people make that switch, the rest is pretty straightforward. But rocking someone’s world view isn’t easy.
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