What brings our coaches to the world of coaching and what becomes of them after they've officially graduated and become a professional qualified coach? These are some of the questions answered in our regular Coach In The Spotlight story and here's Christene Burgess for you.
Curiosity and caring to know the best in people made me explore coaching as a pathway into fulfilling human potential, self-mastery and excellence. It’s gratifying as it embodies values: Living creatively with integrity, vision and accountability. I was encouraged by the parallels between sports coaching and the business world made apparent to me via Sir John Whitmore.
Coaching transforms the lives of individuals and ‘communities’ and I love to realise that a compelling why generates the how to.
Where I tended to see someone as ‘a complete natural’ (gifted with ability/confidence), I grew to realise our preparation, nervousness and courage can perform miracles! In getting to know people who felt they were stuck with failures, trauma, fears…and my own insecurities, we all wanted better. And in sharing and applying what I learned from coaching, I grew inspired knowing lives can be transformed. These tools are life-changing!
Originally, only counseling was offered in my work as an Employee Assistance Programme [EAP] provider. Eventually, coaching proved ideal for individuals (with a strong work-ethic) in the corporate and healthcare sectors wanting to branch out (into creating their own, fulfilling business) or to advance in their career.
Questions of work-life balance, motivation, re-location, retirement and quality of life were pivotal. And whilst I was a mentor to an adolescent at risk of exclusion from school it was my coaching-training that offered the tools to negotiate, reach goals and nurture appreciable life-skills.
My training in Psychosynthesis Counselling and Therapy, Yoga, meditation and Complementary Healthcare opened up whole new professional pathways as a provider of staff wellbeing and EAP services. My corporate background is the BBC.
Everyone is unique yet there’s more that connects humanity than separates us, we can nurture qualities, resources and take responsibility.
I learnt the distinctions between "being" versus "doing" and "feelings as feedback" versus "fact"! The power of the mind, attitudes, beliefs and intention and defining "success".
It’s continuously rewarding. Investing in the coaching training, completing the assignments, receiving the diploma and the experiences shared and transformed along the way…treasure!
Signing up and doing the course with a friend (one of many enriching shared life-experiences), people finding their passion for life, immersing myself into coaching and the positive energy we can generate.
Being self-employed made me appreciate the choices and freedom my situation offered, and being with positively motivated people - clients and colleagues. I considered myself fortunate in my work (with Psychosynthesis) and qualifying in coaching, being aware that many people are unhappy in their job or life. Still, walking my talk meant structuring my time to study, socialise and up-keep my income/work. As therapists, we’d say ‘the success of our job is to make ourselves redundant’. Accomplishment takes responsibility and takes nothing for granted.
My niche is Mindfulness-based Coaching with people in a leadership/management roles within the healthcare or aid-work sectors. Those who want to fulfill their responsibilities, goals and growth with (encouraging) well-being and resourcefulness.
This niche resonates with my background and people wanting to create values-based, ethical relationships in and outside of ones workplace (even a legacy).
The continued satisfaction of people thriving through my coaching and generating online resources so the business is systemised and monetised so I have financial freedom and work is fun and creative! My existing clients and schedule enables me to work in lovely locations (I can get winter sun!) so I would also like that to continue.
What’s stopping you? What other possibilities are there?
Melting moments where we surpass ourselves and where life is positively changed. There's embodiment and momentum in coaching. We’re inviting creative possibility and celebrating transformation and growth.
Remember what attracted you to the coaching training, fan the flame and enjoy the process!
Receive your qualification with pleasure…enjoy and share your gifts (it all multiplies with use)!
An inviting question and space works miracles.
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It is no surprise to us that companies continue to embrace coaching as a development tool. The ILM recently reported 80% of the 250 large organisations that they surveyed had or were using coaching with another 9% planning too. Very encouraging statistics!
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