Nov 23 2014

Coaching Quote of the Day 23rd November 2014

Category: quoteJen Waller @ 8:22 pm

"Theoretically there is a perfect possibility of happiness: believing in the indestructible element in oneself and not striving towards it." (Franz Kafka)

“Theoretically there is a perfect possibility of happiness: believing in the indestructible element in oneself and not striving towards it.”

(Franz Kafka)

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Nov 22 2014

Coaching Quote of the Day 22nd November 2014

Category: quoteJen Waller @ 9:37 am

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." (John F. Kennedy)

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

(John F. Kennedy)

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Nov 21 2014

6 Coaching Opportunities To Uplevel Your Coaching Skills Thanks To Neuroscience

Category: Guest PostJen Waller @ 6:30 am

In this weeks guest post Amy Brann shares some of her expertise on the subject of Neuroscience and coaching

"6 Coaching Opportunities To Uplevel Your Coaching Skills Thanks To Neuroscience" By Amy Brann

6 Coaching Opportunities To Uplevel Your Coaching Skills Thanks To Neuroscience

By Amy Brann

From the perspective of Coaches, neuroscience is the field that can inform them of important things about the brain. Things that are key to new ways that you work with clients and also things that underpin things you are already familiar with. Neuroscience can explain why and how Coaching works. It can enlighten Coaches as to things to pay particular attention to. It can warn against other practices.

We believe an understanding of neuroscience will become expected to underpin everything that sits on top of it. Neuroscience is not claiming to be better than anything a Coach currently does or to replace it. Rather we suggest it will enhance your understanding of those you work with.

What can neuroscience offer the Coaching World?

  • An understanding of what happens when a person is being Coached,
  • Ways to create the best Coaching environment for clients,
  • For Coaches who use particular models, an understanding of how they might work or an opportunity to stop using outdated concepts,
  • A foundational understanding of the brain through which to evaluate everything,
  • The opportunity to ask better quality questions and consider what interventions would best serve your client,
  • A focus on important considerations for how to get desired action occurring, e.g. mental stress leads to habit behaviour rather than goal-directed behaviour so this informs how / when.

How does neuroscience relate to other disciplines?

We can think of neuroscience as a friend to other disciplines, such as psychology. Often in academic circles there is cross over and collaboration. In my team we have neuroscientists, psychologists, behaviour analysts and several other experts. In the spirit of full disclosure I’ll share that sometimes we generate a little heat between the neuroscientists and the behaviour guys. Ultimately though we all realise that we can each learn from one another and stimulate deeper research and insights.

When can I use neuroscience with a client?

There are a huge number of opportunities within a normal Coaching engagement to use neuroscience to guide us. Here are just a few, many of which take on new depth and significance when you understand the neuroscience (remembering some words have slightly different psychological or neuroscientific meaning to in normal Coaching usage, e.g. reward):

 

Coaching Opportunity Example of Areas / studies in Neuroscience Example of applications
Connecting with client Trust and fairness and oxytocin Actively finding ways to build trust with your client and demonstrate your fairness
Goal setting Decision making, visualisation, willpower Citing a visualisation study to help a client see the potential value
Examining their environment Nudging and priming Explore your client’s normal environment and where they are when they need to do behaviours leading to goal attainment
Behavioural evaluation Hot & Cold network Your client’s behaviour is key to their results and is influenced by many factors.
Rewards Dopamine Helping your client understand what is currently activating their reward circuitry can be empowering and important in making changes
Habits analysis Hebbs Law, Basal Ganglia Being clear on how new habits are formed

 

From the perspective of the Coach it makes sense to immerse oneself in all areas of study that can help us understand better how people’s minds and brains work.

About Amy Brann

If you’ve enjoyed this article, I invite you to visit Amy’s website, and become a member of her free and insightful Neuroscience for Coaches community, so that you can further experience the impact of applying neuroscience insights on your life and career! Understanding how the brain works gives you a competitive advantage over Coaches who do not. As a welcome gift, you will receive a special complimentary resources bundles that includes the 1st chapter of ‘Neuroscience for Coaches’, your Neuroscience for Coaches checklist, and your Neuroscience for Coaches Insights ebook.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Amy_Brann

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amybrann

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Nov 21 2014

Coaching Quote of the Day 21st November 2014

Category: quoteJen Waller @ 5:41 am

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." (Henry David Thoreau)

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

(Henry David Thoreau)

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Nov 20 2014

The most popular quote from our twitter account from week 46 of 2014:

Category: popular twitter quotesJen Waller @ 10:25 am

Most RT'd quotes last week on @thecoachingblog

Each Thursday I share the most RT’d quote(s) from the blogs twitter account over the previous week.

Last week the most RT’d tweet was:

“The reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.”

(Robert J. McKain)

Tweeted on 15th November

The quote with the next highest amount of RT’s was a tie between:

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”

(James A.Froude)

Tweeted on 15th November

and

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Tweeted on 12th November

thank you

Many thanks to everyone who shared the quotes above and the other quotes from last week. I know that there are various aspects that can influence if a quote attracts your attention – if you saw the tweet, personal style, if it speaks to something happening in your life at that moment etc.

Which quote do you prefer?

(For those of you as geeky as I am and wondering what tool I’m using to measure individual RT’s this week I’ve been playing with www.twitonomy.com)


Nov 20 2014

Coaching Quote of the Day 20th November 2014

Category: quoteJen Waller @ 10:17 am

"Life is like a trumpet - if you don't put anything into it, you don't get anything out of it."  (William Christopher Handy)

“Life is like a trumpet – if you don’t put anything into it, you don’t get anything out of it.”

(William Christopher Handy)

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Nov 19 2014

Coaching Quote of the Day 19th November 2014

Category: quoteJen Waller @ 5:02 am

"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." (Robert Frost)

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”

(Robert Frost)

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Nov 18 2014

TED Talk Tuesday 18th November 2104

Category: TED talkJen Waller @ 5:32 pm

This week’s TED Talk clip is from an independent TEDx event:

Freedom from Self-Doubt | BJ Davis | TEDxSacramentoSalon

Clip length: 13 mins 57 secs
Prefer to watch on TED.com? In that case you’ll need to click here.

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