Posts with the tag “coaching”

Are your clients ready to be coached?
by Jim LaDoux on November 19th, 2023
Whether you're coaching individuals, groups, or teams, is important to discover before the start of a coaching relationship if your clients are ready to be coached. This can often be hard to assess. Listed below are five traits I pay particular attention to when seeking to discern if a client is ready.1 | ENGAGEMENTI look for clients that exhibit energy. They are willing to dive into conversation,...  Read More
Emotional Intelligence 2.0
by Jim LaDoux on October 17th, 2023
By Jim LaDoux Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves is a book that explores the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) and offers strategies to improve it. Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.IQ, personality, and EQ are distin...  Read More
Creating Atomic Habits (Part 2)
by Jim LaDoux on October 9th, 2023
By Jim LaDoux Atomic Habits by James Clear is a book that explores the science of habit formation and provides a framework for building good habits and breaking bad ones. The book introduces four laws to help individuals create and maintain effective habits which are listed below. This law emphasizes the importance of clarity and visibility in habit formation. To make a habit obvious, you can ask ...  Read More
Developing the skill of curiosity
by Jim LaDoux on September 18th, 2023
By Jim LaDoux Curiosity is often seen as a childlike quality, but it is a key skill in developing a successful life and career. It allows us to continually learn and grow and is essential for innovation and problem-solving. Curiosity can help evoke new awareness and seek to draw out the dreams and imaginations of your clients. In this post, we will explore the benefits of developing the skill of c...  Read More
The 3 phases of navigating change
by Jim LaDoux on September 13th, 2023
By Jim LaDoux Change is inevitable, and yet it is one of the most challenging things that individuals, teams, and organizations face. Change challenges the status quo and alters the current reality, and once implemented, you cannot go back. But why is it so difficult to embrace change? Resistance to change occurs because we are afraid of the unknown, leading to anxiety and conflict. As a coach, yo...  Read More
Creating Atomic Habits (Part 1)
by Jim LaDoux on September 9th, 2023
By Jim LaDoux Creating new habits can be a challenging task, but with the right guidance and mindset, you can successfully achieve it. A book many people have found helpful in learning how to change habits is James Clear's Atomic Habits. As a leader or a coach, consider how the information below can help people you interact with create new habits that help them be more grateful, more focused, more...  Read More
Assess your coaching impact
by Jim LaDoux on March 2nd, 2022
It's important that coaches continually refine their coaching approaches and practices in their pursuit of being a masterful coach.  Listed below are indicator suggesting ways that coaches can demonstrate their proficiency in each of the 8 ICF core competencies. Review this list regularly. Make note of this competencies you excel in and which ones need further attention. Take time after a coaching...  Read More
Help clients ask better questions
by Jim LaDoux on February 21st, 2022
Masterful coaches help clients see life and ministry from different angles of vision. Listed below are two common approaches coaches can use to help individuals and groups think more holistically and creatively. The approaches may be used for individual reflection, pre-work for a meeting or coaching session, or during a coaching conversation. APPROACH 1 | Ask Questions Like a JournalistWHY are we ...  Read More
5 phrases to use when coaching
by Jim LaDoux on February 16th, 2022
Good coaching is shaped by one's ability to ask good questions. Effective coaches draw out a client's wisdom and call forth new possibilities.  I track which questions and phrases that I use in coaching situations and note which ones seem to work particularly well. Five of my favorites include:1 |"TELL  ME YOUR OPTIONS"This statement always leads to new awareness and exploration of options that ha...  Read More
Develop coaching presence
by Jim LaDoux on February 14th, 2022
According to the International Coaching Federation, coaching presence is defined as the "ability to be fully conscious and present with the client, employing a style that is open, flexible and confident."  Few coaches do this consistently, where they:connect with the whole of the client.are guided by their natural curiosity.are free of the need to perform or provide value.come from a place of not ...  Read More
Create safe space for clients
by Jim LaDoux on February 7th, 2022
Professional coaches recognize the importance of creating safe, sacred space for coaching.  This involves preparation before, during , and after the coaching session.PREPARE FOR THE SESSIONSelect a quiet, well-lit, distraction-free environment where you can be fully present for the client. Allow adequate time to decompress from other activities before engaging in a coaching session.Take time to re...  Read More
My 5 daily questions
by Jim LaDoux on January 21st, 2022
4 Questions to Ask Yourself Every DayOver the years I've had the opportunity to work with and speak with a hundreds of CEOs at companies around the world. I love to ask them about their habits and how they approach business and life in general. I'm always interested in what makes someone successful and I have found that while how you work matters, how you think, actually matters even more.Success ...  Read More
Develop active listening skills
by Jim LaDoux on January 17th, 2022
One of my favorite books on listening is called Listen Like You Mean It  by Ximena Vengoechea. It's an essential guide to improving your listening skills that is chock-full of practical tips and hands-on exercises to help you listen with empathy, humility, and understanding. I really like the way the author categorizes the types of questions and phrases we use in ways that lead to constructive ses...  Read More