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Coach Training Alliance is an intimate, passion driven business that was built at a social distance. We measure that distance across the globe rather than in feet. The Company, and now our community of over 10,000 graduates and clients, was built in an environment that has quickly been forced on many. Rapid change causes stress, anxiety, and in some cases, personal or corporate petrification. This does not have to be the case. Businesses and practices can be built at a distance.
some simple observations and accompanying practices that can benefit you as you
meld social distance into your daily life.
Can Flourish and New Stories Are Created
these create the strongest of bonds.
People with shared significant events have shared experience and thus
shared story. From both a personal and
professional perspective, now is the time to invest in these
relationships. New tools of outreach and
touch are available relative to large events like war and pandemic in the past,
but fundamental connection thru discussion and exploration is where bonds and
opportunities are to be found. Coaching
and the co-creative approach afford the opportunity to write new stories into
our lives when faced with the suddenly apparent unknown. Exploration of new paths can be achieved while
tackling limiting beliefs, the result being a great first new step down a new
path. All this can be done through a
shared experience that yields a strong relationship with the characters tied to
that new story.
is Not the Barrier
In twenty years, the Coach Training Alliance faculty has met in person only once yet their connectivity and relationships far surpass those I have seen in other organizations in which I have worked where people interface every day. Why? Because as coaches, they do two things exceptionally well. They listen deeply and value one another’s time.
deeply and ask open-ended questions.
This approach, a fundamental one to coaching’s co-creative process, can
bridge any physical distance and afford both parties a great understanding of not
only what is being discussed but also the context in which it is being
Value one another’s time. Be Prompt. Be present. Make an effort to eliminate distraction and avoid multitasking when with your client, colleague or co-worker. Take some time on the front end of any agenda to check in and see where you both are in terms of both well-being and process relative to your topic. Acknowledge progress and success before tackling what is next.
to Provide Value at a Distance
Favors and thoughtfulness
can be accomplished from a distance. Pay
it forward in relationship building by offering help to others seeking to grow
during this time. As a coach, you can be
a critical resource for family, friends, coworkers and even potential clients
(remember there is value in a sample session of coaching). A thank you note or a thoughtful e-mail or
text with real meaning can add value as well as create the perception by those
you contact that you are ready, willing and able to provide value. Acknowledging the value provided by others in
simple ways (a testimonial, offering a reference or a simple public thank you)
is a great way to set the example and ask for the same in return. These are basic business building habits that
are also fantastic feel good behaviors.
Finally, the distance environment can take away the familiar structure we have known. Those businesses and coaches who operate successfully and thrive in a distance model do apply a discipline of structure. They plan their days and weeks to tasks and times like they would under a traditional circumstance. They calendar meetings and communication. They map schedule to projects and write plans for both their business and finding balance in their lives. Structured time that feeds your body, your mind and your soul is as important as ever. Two decades of this model at Coach Training Alliance has also taught us that planning time for some fun is critical too. Find some time for that and allow yourself fun as one of life’s great fuels.
than ever the skills taught to coaches are needed to address the unknown, forge
new paths and build bonds…even at a social distance.
About the Author- CHRIS OSBORN, is the Chief
Executive Officer of Coach Training Alliance. Chris is a serial entrepreneur,
executive and executive coach. His passion lies in growing businesses that aid
in personal growth or business expansion of others. He has been widely recognized
for his ability to lead change through organizational growth and strategic
Chris currently serves as both a board member and in executive
capacities of numerous organizations in the corporate and not-for-profit
worlds. His experience varies widely from distance education and healthcare to
e-commerce and financial services. He periodically authors material for the
Coaching Compass and is the visionary and co-author behind the Human Capital
Accelerator™. In addition to his work at CTA, Chris is licensed both as an
Opposite Strengths® Executive Coach as well as a New Money Story Coach. Chris
is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of California at
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