Global Coaching Study

{{unknown}}The ICF Global Coaching Study has just been released and has some very interesting information. If you would like to read the summary, click the link below. Let us know your own thoughts on the findings by leaving a comment. Do you want the details? Instructions for ordering the full report are at the end of the pdf. http://www.coachfederation.org/files/FileDownloads/2016ICFGlobalCoachingStudy_ExecutiveSummary.pdf

What is Integral Coaching, REALLY?

How can we talk about Integral Coaching with Others?  How can we talk about an integral coaching model with others in a way that makes sense? To start a conversation describing Jean Gebser’s Structures of Consciousness might not help keep it simple either, particularly when some people aren’t very clear about what coaching is in general!Here is one way we describe it:Our integral coaching model collects the more subtle information we all get as human beings. Sometimes we don’t know how to collect that information, name…

Where in the world is Linda Bark?

If you subscribe to our newsletter, you might already know about our Where In the World is Linda? column. Linda attends many events across the US (and sometimes across the globe), spreading the word about holistic coaching. Since not everyone subscribes to our newsletter, we wanted to share this fun article with our blog followers! Here is the latest news from Where In the World is Linda?Dr. Linda Bark, WOW’s founder and CEO, has just returned from a week in Washington D.C. where she presented…

Gratitude in Coaching

Gratitude plays a particularly important role in coaching. Let’s take a moment to consider how the significant strength of this core attitude can help provide clients a path towards leading more fulfilled, more enriched, more productive, and ultimately happier lives.How?By experimenting with coaching tools designed to tap into an “attitude of gratitude”, clients can become equipped with a formidable baseline; a structurally sound launch pad for attaining better results.For example, when a client seeks coaching assistance, they may be at a challenging point in their lives.…

Presence in Coaching

Presence in Coaching by Diane Shaver, RN, MSN, NC-BCA friend of mine recently shared old class photographs from my childhood elementary school on social media; I thoroughly enjoyed the brief trip down memory lane. One particular thing that came to mind was of my elementary school teacher taking attendance by reading the list of names from her grade book every morning, and again after lunch. As our name was called out, we were to respond in a loud voice and say: “Present!” This indicated we were…

Coaching In Healthcare

Pondering Coaching in HealthcareThis past year, as I was completing my practice coaching sessions to accompany the Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy 60-hour course, I had the opportunity to provide volunteer coaching in an acute care hospital. Throughout my experience, I often pondered, “How might coaching fit into a healthcare setting?” A literature review was quite revealing in providing answers to my question! A systematic review of 284 full text articles in the medical literature on health and wellness coaching (Wolever et al., 2013)…

Nurse Coaching Is Not What I Do: It Informs Who I Am

WOW faculty Linda Bark and Shirley Conrad were recently published in the American Holistic Nurses Association’s Beginnings magazine. The August 2015 issue of the magazine was dedicated to the theme of Nurse Coaching and highlighted a wide variety of thoughts and ideas from leaders in Nurse Coaching. Linda and Shirley’s article, “Nurse Coaching is Not What I Do: It Informs Who I Am,” looked at how coach training can be a transformational experience for the student coach. They pose the question: “What happens in nurse…

Responsibility in Coaching

Work on yourself first, take responsibility for your own progress. ~ I Ching Thoughts About Responsibility in CoachingI have been pondering ‘responsibility’ lately and the different aspects of responsibility within the holistic coaching process. According to the Oxford Dictionary, responsibility can be defined as: The state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone, the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something, [and/or] the opportunity or ability to act independently and make decisions without authorization. When I first consider ‘responsibility’ in…

Sounds of Silence

“When the silence falls upon us, we can hear the voices of the Gods pointing out in the quiet light of divine law, the true path for us to follow.”   – H.P. Blavatsky, This quote resonates with me on many levels, as I’m sure it does with many of you. Life for most of us in today’s society is busy and noisy. My daily morning walks often take place against a backdrop of traffic, sirens from emergency vehicles, and human chatter. This noise ends…

Time Management

With June being the beginning of summer and the end of an academic year for me, I found it to be a particularly busy month. I am grateful to have finally made it to July! Finishing up my first few months as a new part-time instructor brought forth an overwhelming “to do” list that seemed to never end, and in the third week of June, I found myself sitting with my list feeling somewhat discouraged, and not very motivated to address any of the tasks…