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    [Power Tool] Clarity vs. Indecision

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    By: Kim Bowers

    Executive Coach, UNITED STATES

    Case Study

    Kelly had recently been downsized from a corporate sales position that she held for eight years.  Upon hearing this news, she felt overwhelmed, shocked and fearful about what might come next for her.  As the next few weeks went by, Kelly took a step back and began to make a plan for herself.  Since she had enrolled in a coach training program a year earlier, she thought that this was the perfect time to dive in to her studies and get the program completed.  It made perfect sense, since she could never find the time to dedicate to her studies while working as a busy sales executive.
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    [Power Tool] Resilience vs. Defeat

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    By: Darlene Schindel

    Executive Coach, CANADA

    At the fulcrum point of leadership is the essence of your resilient strength. Resilience is your inner strength to take it, your mental strength to react to it, your outer strength to respond to it, and all your strength to recover from it. Jeffrey Gitomer

    Resilience Just the sound of the word – resilience – sparkles as it rolls off the tongue. It has energy and enlightenment and feels like a powerful word. For those that demonstrate resilience in how they deal with life’s challenges, this is exactly how they see themselves. Ask yourself this – when faced with life’s challenges, when things go wrong, when your plans don’t fall into place, do you bounce back or do you fall apart?
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    [Power Tool] Going Towards vs. Getting Away From

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    By: Anja Unkel

    Executive Coach, GERMANY

    There is nothing that creates a future better than a dream: Today it is only utopia, tomorrow it will be reality.

    A personal translation of a quote of Viktor Hugo from German into English

    Introduction

    Have you ever been in a situation where you exactly knew what you are striving for? Clearly picturing what you want and what you are striving for? - How did that feel?

    Or do you usually rather know, what you don’t want to have in place or in life anymore, taking that as a starting point for change and development?

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    [Power Tool] Truth vs. Fear

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    By: Tiffany Manchester

    Executive Coach, UNITED STATES

    According to A Course in Miracles there exist only two emotions  – Love; guided by Truth, and Fear; guided by Ego.  The decisions made with one or the other when faced with a personal challenge can be the difference between setting oneself free or binding oneself in chains.
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    [Power Tool] Conflict vs. Opportunity

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    By:Theresa Custer

    Executive Coach, UNITED STATES

    “All polishing is done by friction.”  – Mary Parker Follet

     

    Definition

    Conflict:  [kon-flikt] noun

    1. A fight, battle or struggle, especially a prolonged struggle; strife.
    2. Controversy; quarrel: conflicts between parties.
    3. Discord of action, feeling or effect; antagonism or opposition, as of interests or principles: a conflict of ideas.
    4. A striking together; collision.
    5. Incompatibility or interference, as of one idea, desire, event, or activity with another: a conflict in the schedule.
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    [Power Tool] Failure vs Experience

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    By: Brandy Morris

    Executive Coach, CANADA

    "There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." ― Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist

    In many stories of aspiration there is one character that almost always gets a role in our tale.  That character’s name is Failure; a giant, horrific monster.  It stands in our path, thumping its hairy chest, threatening to come and get us if we dare to move towards our dreams.  There are times we manage to run between this wild creature’s legs and reach our intended destination.  Sometimes, the introduction of the monster stops the story before it even begins.  The beast is just so frightening; we turn around and run in the other direction.  It’s the only way Failure can win.  This beast’s power is not in its bite; it relies entirely on its bark.
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    Power Tool: Attending vs. Neglecting

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    By: Claire Wong

    “We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” - Jane Austen ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Clients are naturally resourceful. Coaching helps the client use his resources to attend mindfully to his important goals. By attending, the client becomes aware and able to connect with his better guide.
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    Power Tool: Staying Stuck in UAC’s vs Working Through UAC’s

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    By: Nicki McClusky

    Life Coach, USA

    As we know, coaching is all about change, growth, desired life design, building prospering businesses and creating joyful, spirit-filled lives. Sometimes we work with ease (or effort) to shift mindsets in order to live our life purpose(s), live from our values, and let our spirits soar. However, none of this is possible if we continually experience forces within that render us unable to manifest the change we say we want. Sometimes we cannot understand why we produce results in our lives that we say we absolutely do not want yet seem powerless to change. We, of course, are far from powerless. And yet we need the beacon or lighthouse of awareness to shine fully and illuminate that which trips us up. We open ourselves to inner inquiry, devoted to finding and seeing whatever it is that produces results we do not want and keeps us stuck. The place to look is within. That which we accept automatically and unconsciously will become a habitually acted-out commitment. Especially when we accept that which may be untrue (or may not have to be), we’re probably functioning in an area that needs both truth and light for accurate seeing. With clarity comes the possibility of profound change.
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    Power Tool: Encouragement Vs. Criticism

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    By: Sonali Dutta

    Executive Coach, INDIA

    In Webster dictionary Encouraging means giving hope or promise; while Criticism means to find fault. In the quest of perfection we often undervalue creativity in all situations of life. Whether in a parent child relationship or in supervisor subordinate relationship, feedback is more around criticism and what went wrong etc. This eventually becomes our way of functioning and has possible threat of damaging the personality of a person and their motivational levels. Catching people doing right things and establishing an encouraging culture can really support in nurturing and grooming many talents. While criticisms can impact the person’s confidence and faith in life’s journey ; encouragement towards the right path can really help the person explore the innate abilities and talents.