I was recently asked by a veteran success and business coach "I have 30 years of coaching. What have you got?"
I get it, though. Educators are misunderstood. Educators with graduate and post-graduate degrees are still questioned on how they qualify to be anything other than educators—executives, sales, office managers, project managers, talent development, human resource generalists or directors, book retailers (there’s a blog on that one waiting to be unleashed)—because, in general, people remember their teachers and administrators or their children’s teachers and administrators and do not usually see the extensive education, training, and professional development that makes educators mutlipotentialites.
This means educators acquire and master many skills used in “the real world.” I could go on, hands on hips, right foot stomped out, about how education leaders are trained in policy, organizational development, human resources, talent development, and beyond. I'll spare you.
I am and will always be an educator and a leader, an advocate for students, and an advocate for educators and education leaders. I have educated wee little humans, middle-sized stinky humans, college humans, and adult, professional humans. By education, I mean I facilitate learning and I coach them on how to navigate their own pursuit of knowledge and what to do with that knowledge. Much of what I do as a life coach is essential to education at all ages. Much of what I do as a life coach is essential to Social-Emotional Learning, which has become an important part of K-12 education and what the professional world has packaged as “Emotional Intelligence.”
Additionally, I personalize my coaching to my clients’ needs, much like I would (if in a perfect world) in the educational setting. Listening to the wants and needs of my clients, I work with them to develop a path and series of exercises and sessions to deliver results specific to them. Along the way, my client and I evaluate our progress and shift as needed. Sometimes, this means a little extra homework. Sometimes, this means compacting and accelerating through activities that have been mastered.
Also, I am a student of life, and I have utilized the activities and lessons I use in my coaching in MY OWN LIFE. I have been the career-changer. I have been the “lost” soul who couldn’t see past her nose to recognize she’s right where she needs to be. I have been the disgruntled coworker, relative, or partner. I can empathize with many issues my clients face, and I have worked through many of the tough wake-up-call activities I assign.
I’m not old enough to have 30 years of coaching under my belt; however, as a mentor coach reminded me, I am “worthy as seen by God, with the gift of empathy and encouragement and the focus on faith and finding inner strengths, to help others create clarity, courage, and change.”
" Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. " Galatians 6:9
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