I have shared with many of you that I have a vision that everyone HAS a coach
and everyone IS a coach. I believe the world would be a better place. I believe
there are many reasons a coach can be helpful. Here are a few:
There is more
information about coaching on my web site
you boost clarity and focus
accountability so that you stay on track
you craft a cohesive plan for putting it all together
prioritize your tasks for optimal effectiveness
The Blind Leading the Blind:
Why You Really
Need a Coach
successful people are self-directing and self-managing. They take initiative and
they have discipline. They know their strengths and weaknesses. They have action
plans to follow in order to avoid procrastination and keep on track with goals.
why would successful people seek out the services of a coach? Why do so many executives-who
are already in top positions-demand an executive coach as part of their benefits
package? Because they know from experience that even their highly refined ability
to see what is needed is limited by their own assumptions and beliefs.
is like the blind leading the blind when you only have yourself to turn to. The
problem is that we all use our inner assumptions and beliefs to make decisions.
We are driven by motivations and values that are outside our own awareness.
define further here what we need to discuss:
The Downside of Choice
When people have
no choice, life is unbearable. As the number of choices increases as it has in
our consumer culture and in free market societies, there is a positive and powerful
increase in autonomy, control, and liberation. But as the number of choices keeps
growing, negative aspects begin to appear. There is an increase in stress, decision-making
dilemmas, anxiety, fears, disappointments, and even clinical depression.
In a study of 20 developed Western nations and Japan, those nations whose citizens
value personal freedom and control the most tend to have the highest suicide rates.
The experience of choice as a burden rather than a privilege is complex.
While choice is valuable, like most values, an excess is defeating the very value
we honor. Excess choice leads to rising expectations, the complexities of decision
making, regret, self-blame, and the tendency to engage in social comparisons.
Beliefs are the assumptions we
make about ourselves, about others in the world and about how we expect things
to be. Beliefs are about how we think things really are, what is true and what
to expect as likely consequences that will follow from our behavior.
Values are about how we have learned
to think things ought to be or people ought to behave, especially in terms of
qualities such as honesty, integrity and openness.
Basic assumptions are our long-learned, automatic responses
and established opinions. We are usually unaware of the nature of our own basic
assumptions, but they are enacted through our behavior - what we say and do. Basic
assumptions are usually rooted in our infancy, early family life and social context.
More widely, assumptions shaping our behavior relate to cultural context.
are the established ways of responding to people and situations that we have learned,
based on the beliefs, values and assumptions we hold. Attitudes become manifest
through our behavior.
There are two kinds of beliefs that operate behind
Have you ever tried to
draw or paint a self-portrait? Even if you are artistic and talented, this is
a very difficult task. To take a look at your assumptions and beliefs by yourself,
and to explore them-examine them for their usefulness and value, is even harder
to do- if not impossible.
beliefs: these are related to excellence and how it can be achieved.
- Limiting beliefs:
these are the beliefs you have that limit your behaviors; even though your behavior
is not what you want, you don't believe you can change it, for one reason or another.
Both our social and work habits have been built
on assumptions. Even our relationships and marriages operate on beliefs formed
from our early histories. And while circumstances may have changed since the start
of these practices, their continued use tends to reconfirm the old beliefs-they
often still feel right to us. We keep on doing what we have always done, and expect
A coach can help you see what you can't see yourself.
A good coach will ask the right kinds of questions - the kinds you can't answer
right away, the ones that make you think. If you only have yourself as a coach,
you may be missing an opportunity to explore beyond your assumptions and beliefs,
both the limiting and empowering.
Thoughts: If you know someone
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like a few free sessions to test drive coaching, please call me at 312-842-4577
or e-mail me from the contact page There is
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coachpinney.com that may help you determine if now is the time to get started
with a coach. Click on assessments and then choose The Sphere of Life. Thanks
for your time and do have a great day. .
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For the last twenty years
Jerry has been president of his own firm. He has spent his career helping small
business organizations grow and succeed. He has a passion for success that he
shares with his clients. His current focus is providing executive and personal
coaching to persons who are interested in improving their effectiveness and their
ability to be successful. He is a facilitator for peer advisory groups with The
Alternative Board and is a Certified One Page Plan Consultant. Jerry has facilitated
planning retreats and planning sessions for many organizations.
experience includes serving as Vice-president of Marketing for IGA staff office,
Vice-president of membership for the National Grocers Association, Sr. Vice-president
of procurement for Shurfine International and the Managing Director of The Zenon
Jerry believes in giving back to the community. His
current volunteer activities include President of The Volunteer Center of Northwest
Suburban Chicago, a mentor for MENTTIUM® and a Consultant and Coach for the Executive
Service Corps of Chicago. Jerry is an Eagle Scout and currently resides in Chicago.
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