August lives in my body in a special, visceral way. The days are still long but I sense they are shortening. I imagine the perfect spiral notebook and anticipate the learning around the bend. New school years no longer begin for me, but August continues to foreshadow new wisdom and growth, especially as Co-Director of CTI’s Coach Training Program and with individual coaching clients.
I’ve been a Co-Active coach for sixteen years now, and one of the things I love most about this profession is how it grows and changes its practitioners—generally for the better. Some of this change comes from being coached ourselves as part of the process, some of it comes from the other personal development efforts we engage in (Co-Active coaches are often the most dedicated of lifelong learners), but some of it, I believe, can be attributed directly to being trained and working as a Co-Active coach.
Sometimes the simplest acts can have the most profound impact. At a recent CTI coach training, one of our leaders urged the group to resist offering a tissue to someone who was crying. She explained that, even though this gesture comes from a place of compassion within us, there is a hidden message in it that says, “use a tissue to clean this mess up.”
by Karen Kimsey-House, CEO & Co-founder, CTI
There are no fast-tracks and no short cuts. If you are going to be successful as a coach, you’re going to have to work for it. The path is different for everyone and what works for me may not work for you, but here’s the best of my business development learning that I hope will support you on your journey.
by Brandon Twine, CPCC, ACC, MA
The essence of “Co-Active” is the understanding that there is no ONE right way. Swimming in paradox, we are irrevocably interdependent and – at the same time – incredibly unique. We can remain in solid relationship with each other even while we disagree, sometimes passionately, about everything from effective parenting to the appropriate response to global warming.
It’s Earth Day on 22 April. It’s a strange concept really isn’t it, that there is one day in the year when we celebrate the Earth? Given it chimes with ‘birthday’ it makes some sense that it’s annual, perhaps. But imagine if we did this every …..single……. day. It wouldn’t need to involve lavish parties and ceremonies in the woods, just a collective appreciation for our one planet and its finite resources as we go about our daily lives.
Through each interaction in our day-to-day lives, we have an opportunity to increase the visibility, understanding and impact of coaching in our world. Through those connections we also have an opportunity, as coaches, to sharpen our coaching skills, expand our work, and share the transformative power of Co-Active Coaching in our communities.