I’ve been a Life Coach for two and a half years now and the journey has been nothing short of amazing. It started out with just a few internet articles, a self-help book and the burning desire to make a difference in people’s lives. I wanted to be the reason for their greatness, as selfish as it sounds. It all started with a book called “The Power of Focus”, a self-help workbook that asked me to write just as much as I read. Exercise after exercise, it asked me to be clear with what I wanted to do in life before...

Source/s: International Coach Federation www.coachfederation.org In a popular reality TV talk show, the advice of a putative “life coach” was sought on certain issues affecting parties in dispute….In church, a spiritual leader was referred to by the congregation as “coach”….In the corporate, a subject matter expert (SME) was regarded as “coach” by his colleagues. Coaching, as a profession, is flourishing globally with the ubiquitous training companies offering courses on how to become a coach. But what does it really take to become a true-blue, honest-to-goodness “COACH”? What skills do coaches have to possess or what kind of training does a person...

This is the story of my coachee’s journey. And mine too. The first step in this journey began some few months ago. I barged into a room full of executive-looking strangers from all genres (baby boomer to X Gen) seated in a tight circle. The International Coaching Federation Master Certified Coach, Julius Ordonez, greeted us warmly. For 4 days, we learned the basics of coaching…from structure and steps to style, from process to probing, from basics of coaching to becoming and BEING a professional coach. Being in the pharmaceutical industry for quite some time, I thought that asking the right questions,...

*Anna is a newly promoted sales manager in a corporation, with a formidable task of managing people, hitting quotas and proving herself to her boss. She’s a damsel in distress, striving to keep afloat in her new role. *John faces several options on his post-retirement plans. *James struggles with finding the right motivation to lose unwanted weight. The opportunities are endless, the situations vary. But there is an intervention that has been proven to work in all these. Coaching. Whatever situation you may be into, or wherever you are coming from or headed to, there is a type of coaching that’s right for you. If...

I went there thinking I had so much to give them. I came away humbled and grateful because they had given me so much more. Like most everyone else, I was moved to action by the harrowing impact of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City, and other hard-hit areas in the Philippines. My company, Benchmark Consulting, donated money and goods, some family members volunteered in the repacking operations of the Social Welfare, etc. But in the aftermath, I wanted to be able to help another way. So I offered my services as a coach and one client bank took up the offer,...

Coaching in the Philippines is a burgeoning practice that opens a new pathway for Filipinos to develop their fullest potential, personally and professionally. In the past decades, coaching was merely supplementary to a broad spectrum of human development interventions and was very loosely utilized. The most common notion of coaching was tied to athletic pursuits. Coaching as a scientific process, as a professional practice with global standards and ethics, was introduced in the country via Benchmark Consulting and ICF-Philippines chapter, which I both founded. Since then, the number of our coaching clients has consistently increased annually, including participants to our public...

By The International Coach Federation The first worldwide survey of coaching clients reveals coaching generates a solid return on investment for clients and creates positive changes in client goal areas for both individuals and companies. The International Coach Federation (ICF), the landmark of coaching worldwide, released the results of its first ever Global Coaching Client Study. The study reveals coaching generates a solid return on investment for clients, besides positively impacting individual and business goals. The coaching client survey was fully participated by individuals from different continents namely, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. The results reveal the...

When guidance is needed to elicit a peak performance, many people turn to coaching. Whether it is on the field or in the office, or for hobbies, personal or professional reasons, successful people from all walks of life have been using this valuable tool to achieve their goals quickly and effectively for years. This may explain why new trends have emerged in which many adults are turning to life coaches in their off hours to search for personal fulfillment, while still others opt for a much different type of coaching at work to enhance their skill sets, expand their potential...

Mentoring can claim a 3000 year headstart on coaching, but both are proving powerful aids to personal and organisational change and development. Thinking of a mentor might conjure up visions of a white bearded wiseman in flowing robes and sandals or Telemachus' adviser in Homer's Odyssey. The image of a coach is somewhat different: someone critically observing a top athlete, stopwatch in hand. How can either of these be of any relevance to a company on the eve of the new Millenium? Evolved from these origins, business coaching and mentoring are now widely recognised for their impact in leveraging personal and...