This is my first attempt at writing a blog! Since registering my company Aldebaran Coaching and Consulting, I have wanted to share with people my passion for coaching, leadership and leadership development! I love to read about all three, facilitate learning and talk about what really makes a good leader. I regularly find great articles on Twitter and LinkedIn that I share with followers and contacts. My twitter name is @AldebaranSherri and I am on LinkedIn as well – Sherri Stephanson.
I hope that you will be patient with me as I start to create ‘stuff’ about those topics here in my blog. When I worked in education, my colleagues and I would regularly ‘steal’ material from each other, change it up if we wanted and create new ideas from the synergy of working together. I loved that work! I would love to hear from you and what you are thinking about a variety of topics. In that way, perhaps we can create some synergy as well!
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It looks to me as though you are off to a fine start.
Like you, I am doing Blogging 101, and found your blog through the blogroll. In looking at your site, I have a couple of questions.
I listen to a couple of podcasts, and both of these presenters are “Life Coaches”. One of the podcasts is hosted by a licensed, certified counselor, but the other is by a couple who have backed into it through their life experience. He is a private entrepreneur and she was a Lia Sophia sales rep.
Myself, I’m not looking for a coaching gig, but I guess what I’m asking is, how do you come to that place? After all, I’m pretty sure there are few guidance counselors and employment agencies who say, “Have you considered life coaching?”
Thank you curmudgeonlylibrarian for your question. I am really thrilled that someone sent me a question!
I worked in an organization where I was ‘coached’. Being coached really gives an individual a sense of ’empowerment’ and it is also the best feeling to have someone truly listen to you! It also feels good to figure out for yourself, how to resolve your issues, or consider your opportunities. I had some training then (in about 2002) and used coaching in that organization for about 9 years. When I finished working in that sector, I connected with a certified coach who had developed her own program. (That info is on my website – Destination Leadership/Expedition Coaching) I continued to love coaching and working with people and so I did do further training, became a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and am just waiting to find out about my certification with them. I had previously completed about 40 hours of training and in 2012 and 2013, I completed about 95 more hours of training, submitted tape recorded coaching sessions and wrote an exam.
I think I have some talent for coaching, and the ability to really listen to people, ask them deep, probing questions and get them to think differently or at least, shift their thinking. This takes time and practice and for me, I wanted to be credentialed. I think there are lots of untrained people who coach and are excellent. What the ICF offers is ‘standards’ including a code of ethics for members to follow. It really protects the client and the coach. There is a link to the ICF website on my website, too.
I had a client who, after about our third session, said to me “I think I want to do what you do”. She wasn’t sure before then what coaching was, but once she was coached, she thought it would be an exciting career change. Also – coaches generally have a ‘niche’, so they specialize. Some coaches might be life coaches for teenagers, or middle-aged people, or anyone. Some coaches are career coaches. I am an executive and leadership coach. I love coaching leaders and supervisors- those who are in a formal role of leading people. To a certain extent, “coaching is coaching”, so I don’t mind coaching outside of my niche, but I am not as passionate about it, that’s for sure. That is just who I am.
So, I hope from that long-winded answer gives you something to ponder. Thank you again for the question and I hope your blogging goes well!!