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BALANCE COURSE WORK

BALANCE COACHING IS ABOUT POWERFUL CHOICES AND INTENTIONAL ACTION.

THE CORE SKILL OF BALANCE COACHING IS THE ABILITY TO IDENTIFY AND CHOOSE YOUR PERSPECTIVE AND TO MAKE A CONSCIOUS COMMITMENT TO ACTION.

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We live our lives in constant motion. It’s easy to forget that we have choice in what we do. Balance coaching is about guiding your clients to make powerful life choices, and to select the experiences they want most, rather than dashing about trying to have it all. Balance coaching results in action that is alive, effective and empowered.

Outcomes

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

    » Have your clients look at any situation from a number of perspectives.
    » Coach clients to make choices including choosing one perspective from the ones they’ve explored.
    » Have clients come up with an exciting, life-affirming strategy for action that arises out of the perspective they’ve chosen and resonant choice.
    » Bring clients to the place of commitment.
    » Use structures to keep clients in action.

Syllabus

Before your course

Before your course, browse through the Resources area looking at the Topics and Tools. (The preparation may be done during the course if you will have access to the Learning Hub in the evenings of Day One or Day Two of the course.)

If for any reason you are unable to complete the preparation and won’t have access to the Learning Hub in the evenings of Day One or Day Two of the course, please plan to do the reading shortly after course completion. 

During your course

Required reading is all contained in the “Co-Active Coaching Balance Learning Guide” which is distributed at the start of the course.

REQUIRED READING

  • THE BALANCE FORMULA AT-A-GLANCE
  • PERSPECTIVES - An explanation of the concept of the saboteur or inner critic.
  • THE POWER OF CHOICE - An explanation of the power of resonant choice.
  • CO-ACTIVE STRATEGY - An explanation of the essential elements of the Co- and the Active strategy.
  • COMMITMENT AND ACTION - An explanation of the importance of both commitment and action.
  • ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL READING
  • “Co-Active Coaching”, Fourth Edition by Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House, Phillip Sandahl, Laura Whitworth.

REQUIRED HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

Day One

  • After listening to a coaching topic write down in your Learning Guide: It sounds like you’re talking about …. And the way you’re seeing it is …. This is an exercise in distinguishing topic from perspective.
  • Choose one of these inquires to explore. Use the space in the Learning Guide to journal.
    • Where have I given up?
    • What am I longing to create?
    • What am I ready to claim?
    • What am I unwilling to say “no” to?
  • Interview two additional Inner Allies using the interview questions listed in the Learning Guide.

Day Two

  • After being coached, write down in your Learning Guide the Topic, plus the Resonant Perspective you are choosing and then the results of brainstorming possible ways to be, things to do and actions to take. Circle the ideas you want to make real. Cross off the ones that you want to let go of.
  • Coach a practice client. Honor a specific time commitment for the coaching and separate the coaching from socializing. At the end of the coaching ask your client the following questions:
    • What did you think about my coaching, or what feedback do you have about my coaching?
    • What do you think of coaching in general?
  • Continue working with the Co-Active Strategy you started to brainstorm during the course. Review in the Learning Guide the piece about Yes’s and No’s.
  • Bring calendars to day three of the course to enter clear, accountable actions.

Day Three

  • To support your Co-Active Strategy, write down in your Learning Guide your four Yes’s and your four No’s.
  • Practice what you’ve learned in Balance and Fulfillment with clients and/or in small groups within your cohort.
  • Begin to enrol paying (or internal) clients to prepare for Certification.
  • Make arrangements for a practice client for day two of your Process course.

Notice the different perspectives all around you. Be willing to try on perspectives that seem uncomfortable or foreign to you.

Set up a client for your practice coaching session on the evening of Day Two of your course.

Arrange your life so that you can dive in and have your attention fully on the course and the experience during your three days.

Do your homework.

After your course

Developing coaching skills is all about practicing. Here are some ways you can practice and sustain your new skills before your Process Course:

    » Tell people that you have an assignment to practice Balance coaching. Ask them to do sample sessions with you and practice Balance coaching with them.
    » Use these practice sessions to enroll a few new clients. Choose the number of clients that is right for you.
    » Charge your clients the amount of money that feels right to you. Let them know you are in training to become a professional coach. Meet with them three to four times per month for a specific amount of time.
    » Review the suggested structures for keeping clients in action. Work with your clients to develop structures that keep them in action.
    » Work with the Balance Formula until you are familiar with each step. For example, spend one day listening for perspectives, spend another day brainstorming new perspectives, listen for perspectives in everyday conversation, etc...