Saturday, October 11, 2008

International Coach Institute Certification

ICF ACSTH Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (125 hours) to begin your coaching journey. DREAM of your new beginning, DISCOVER your potential, REALIZE your coaching profession. Become an International Certified Coach with Dr. Carol A. Turner, ICF Master Certified Coach.

"I think our coaching session yesterday was amazing. I didn't expect to get a two fold return on this session, coaching experience AND personal support. I can not recall ever having anyone help me through tough situations and yesterday's interaction was truly something I have never even remotely come close to experiencing. Oh my goodness, I now have an even greater appreciation for the coaching profession. If I can, one day, have an impact on someone like you all had on me, WOW! what a gift."
Pamela Nice
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 3, 2009

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Create Flawless Coaching

Whether you are one of the million business professionals currently being coached or are in the process of finding the right coach to help you, the following guidelines will enable you to have a flawless coaching experience:

Know yourself: To make coaching flawless, you first need some knowledge about yourself—knowledge that goes beyond the surface. Therefore, set aside some time and sit down with pen and paper. Write out your answers to the following questions: Who am I (go deep to uncover what you value and what makes you “tick”)? What do I want in business and in life? Where am I going professionally and personally? Yes, your coach will likely help you fine-tune your answers to these questions as the relationship progresses; however, if you begin coaching without this self-knowledge, then your chances of having coaching success are greatly lowered.

Be authentic: The more open you are to feedback, the more flawless your coaching experience will be. Being authentic means you have the ability to receive feedback without getting defensive. You can accept what other people’s opinions are of you, and you can use their insight to improve. Even though you may not agree with everything people tell you about yourself, you need to be able to acknowledge their perceptions and analyze what they tell you objectively. Ultimately you may decide to discard their suggestions and opinions, but at least you took the time to evaluate their feedback and decide whether it applies to you.

Have a structure: A coaching structure involves meeting with your coach on a frequent basis—either every week or every other week. Such a structure holds you accountable and keeps what you and your coach are working on in the forefront. Meeting less than every other week makes it easy for you to forget your goals. When that happens, the coaching process will falter and you’ll wonder if it’s worth the time or expense. Therefore, have a structure so your objectives are always top of mind.

Enlist the help of a support team: You need to receive regular feedback from your support team about what you’re trying to accomplish and whether you’re making progress. Your support team can include anyone you know as long as they meet three important criteria:

1) They must be accessible to you and able to respond whenever you ask.

2) They must be vested in your growth, development, success, and happiness.

3) They must always tell you the truth no matter what.

Once you’ve identified the correct people to be on your team, tell them, “I’ve hired a coach to help me work on _______. I’d like your help. In 30 days I’ll come back to you and ask you how I’m doing on ______.” Make sure you keep your support team up-to-date on your goals and objectives so they know how to measure your progress, as they see it. Then, call upon them at least once a month for some honest feedback on how they perceive your coaching results.

The beauty of flawless coaching is that the process is perfect, but neither you nor your coach have to be. That’s because coaching is a methodology that works to keep “the main thing” in the forefront.

Flawless coaching is not about knowing; rather, it’s about inquiry, discovery, disclosure, and acceptance. That’s what ultimately makes it flawless. So no matter where you are in your coaching journey—whether you’ve been coached for years or are just starting the process—put these suggestions to work for you and your coach today. By doing so, you’ll greatly improve your results and your ability to reach all your professional and personal goals.

Mike Jay

Monday, June 2, 2008

Leader as Coach

ATTITUDE…It’s a Choice!
There is a direct correlation between positive attitude and success. As leaders, we are constantly frustrated by those who don’t take responsibility for their situation. Those who are always looking to outside forces for their destiny don’t have a chance. I ran across this story in one of those e-mails we get all of the time. I don’t always read them, but this one got my attention. I don’t know if it’s a true story or not, but we can all learn something from it!

Michael was the kind of guy we all love to hate. He is always in a good mood and has something positive to say. When asked how he is doing, he would always reply, “If I were any better, I’d be twins!”

He was a natural motivator. One day I asked Michael, ‘How do you do it?’ Michael said, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood, or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something happens, I can choose to be a victim or… I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaint or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side. Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how to react to situations. You choose how others affect your mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.”

Michael and I lost touch. Several years later, I heard Michael had been in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Michael was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back. I saw Michael 6 months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he said, “If I were any better, I’d be twins! Wanna see my scars?” I declined, but asked him what had gone through his mind after the accident took place. “The first thing I thought of was the well being of my soon to be born child. Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to die, or live. I chose to live. The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when the wheeled me into the ER, I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors. Their eyes read ‘he’s a dead man’. A big burly nurse was yelling at me asking if I was allergic to anything. I told her I was allergic to gravity. Among the laughter, I told them I was choosing to live and to operate on me as if I were alive, not dead.”

Michael lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

“Choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude is that "single string" that keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there's no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.”

Charles R. Swindoll
Writer and theologian

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Coaching Gym for Dentists

What is a Dentist Coaching Gym?

A dentist coaching gym is a place to Re-energize yourself as a leader of your business to Re-engage your office staff. It is to bring teamwork into your office. All of these are possible, even for well-established practices with little turn-over in your office staff.

Join the Coaching Gym now to bring the sparkle back into your eyes so that you can build a new energy, a new passion for your dentistry.

Dr. Carol Turner will work with you first on a one-on-one basis, and then work with your staff to rebuild a cohesive team in your office. There will be follow-on coaching calls with other leaders in your field.

Please sign up at our web site, (just click on the business card on our blog home page) for the next six months to share the learning. Our program is leading edge in bringing your best leadership into play with an engaged workforce. We guarantee results!!

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The 5 Reasons That Entrepreneurs Never Reach Their Full Potential

Why do some entrepreneurs create successful businesses for themselves while others simply can't move past the great idea stage? Professional business coaches often site several factors that go into starting a business and doing it successfully. Knowing the pitfalls in order to avoid them ahead of time can go a long way toward ensuring your future business success.

Lack Of Vision
While having a great business idea is certainly a start, in order to truly succeed, you need to have vision. This means that you know how to think outside of the box. Most people have been conditioned to be as ordinary as possible. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs got where they are because they decided to do business in new and different ways! Business coaching, whether it be coaching done in person or through telephone coaching, is a great way to ensure that there is someone to let you know when you need to get creative.

Trying To Do Too Much
One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is thinking that they don't need any support to get their businesses off the ground. This couldn't be farther from the truth! Entrepreneurs benefit from finding coaches and mentors to support them and challenge them to be accountable for making their vision a reality. Business coaching can help you learn to recognize what needs to be done right now and what can be tasked out or done later.

Organizational Challenges
Lists are one thing, but sticking to them is entirely another. Building upon your entrepreneurial vision means learning how to focus and not just getting organized, but staying that way. Believe it or not, many very successful entrepreneurs are prone to ADD and this keeps them from staying on task. Business coaching can help you find the tools you need to conquer any ADD tendencies and stay productive. One of the best ways to incorporate business coaching into your day is to opt for telephone coaching. That way, when you run across an organizational problem, you can call your coach right away.

Being a "Control Freak"
While it is understandable that your vision is your "baby" and that you feel you know how best to turn your vision into reality, there will be times when you will need to relinquish control to others. By trying to do everything yourself, you are wasting valuable time and money. Don't be afraid to go through some business coaching to learn how to handle aspects of the business that you either don't enjoy or at which you don't excel. It is easy to get bogged down in the everyday details of running a business and it is important that as an entrepreneur you keep focused and excited about growing the business.

Unhealthy Business RelationshipsDoing business depends largely on forging successful relationships with your business partners, clients and employees. When you work closely with someone it can be easy to blur the line between professional and personal. One thing professional business coaches notice is that people who come from dysfunctional families tend to form unhealthy and dysfunctional business relationships. During your business coaching sessions, you and your coach can work together to identify ways to keep your business relationships on track.

By recognizing when you fall into one of these five traps, you can help yourself correct your behavior and get your business back on track! Business coaching is one of the best ways to learn how to identify these traps and the ways to avoid them.
By Barry Selman