April 19, 2010

Business Coach Training:

Business Coach training is fast becoming an established part of the way many successful Organisations are designing their training and development programs.

The Business Coach training concept, is increasingly being seen as an essential tool of management training and an important aid in getting the best out of available resources.
The fact that  departmental managers already possessing significant job descriptions, are happily taking on the additional responsibilities of adopting  business coach training to then download knowledge and expertise to their subordinates, clearly demonstrates the increasing respect being given to the sector.

Enlightened modern managers should as a matter of course be employing business coach training techniques to help ensure their staff perform at their very best. But before the employees are open to coaching, they ideally be given an explanation to understand fully just why there is a need to continually improve their performance.
That is the challenge.
That there is the need for continuous improvement in all organisations may be self evident to senior staff but requires reiteration at lower levels.

Secondly, the staff member needs to believe, requires reassurances that they are wholly able to cope with continual change and improvement and have the specifics outlined in a non threatening manner.
That is the confidence factor.

Business coaching involves not only the ‘how to do it ‘part of the equation but also involves conveying to their staff that new outlooks are extremely important. Coaching does not always involve adding new skills.
It is often about establishing between high and low priorities and sensibly separating the small causes of underlying problems so that their people’s minds are uncluttered by elements that cause doubts and procrastranation.

This is why the important aspect of business coach training should involve a free flowing feedback process. Before starting this exercise, the manager / coach need to spend time observing the employees current performance with respect to the following.
What is the quality and quantity of the work?
What are his/her top priorities?
What knowledge and skills does the person possess?
What is the current level of motivation?

So the manager should use this opportunity to

  • Describe current performance from the line managers perspective but start by building on strengths already apparent
  • Explain the business consequences of below average performance. Late deliveries, upset customers? Poor quality service? More unhappy people, disgruntled employees? It is very important to understand the full consequences of poor performance.
  • Make good use of feedback sessions — times when their people are most receptive to learning and understanding.
  • Demonstrate to the individual employee what good / very good performance looks like and gain employee commitment to aim for that goal.
  • Make or discuss specific suggestions on how to improve and the timescales involved and concentrate on one or two realisable improvement opportunities.

The best business coach training techniques are effective because they are multi faceted and demonstrate what to do, they provide feedback, and ask pertinent questions.
A good manager should believe in people’s potential to improve and they should help employees concentrate and define what exactly is important, gain new skills, and eliminate the elements that do not have an intrinsic value to the job in hand.

Using the appropriate business coaching styles also assists greatly in assisting employees become more responsible for examining their own performance levels and how they impact on the team effort of the company.
There is plenty of empirical evidence that employing such micro techniques has proved extremely effective for companies in improving their macro performance while simultaneously giving both managers and their staff a much greater level of job satisfaction and fulfilment.
So is Business Coach training right for you?

Filed under: Business Coach Training — Tags: , — Carl Hewitt @ 1:07 pm

April 6, 2010

Life Coach course:

Life coach course ?
What does a life coach course entail and what will I learn from it ?
Will it suit me and am I ready ?
By simply asking yourself those awkward questions an individual is taking a big step forward to making changes in their life.
A cautious personality may very well pause, and may need to address further considerations  such as

Who or what is really stopping me ?

If I am going to wait again –when will be exactly the right time ?

Who do I really know that I can trust, to talk about what I want to achieve ?

What could I do today to help me in my nagging desire to achieve more ?

Will the Life coach course  provide just the impetus I may need ?

What would I really like to achieve outside of work and who can help ?
But once decided — taking a Life coach course of learning will very quickly provide clients with feedback, new insights, and understanding from an outside vantage point.

The profession of coaching is sometimes mistakenly compared to counselling or even therapy. There are a few common elements on the fringes maybe but the difference is that coaching is an on-going equal partnership with the client built on going forward – and taking action. Such as the client

  • Getting more done than they would on their own
  • Weighing up options quickly – and getting decisions made
  • Taking a more positive attitude to getting things done
  • Reducing the self doubting within him/herself
  • Creating momentum and consistency
  • Focussing  their actions on the main things to get done

A life coach course is starting soon that embodies all of the above is the accredited Diploma in Life and Executive coaching  being offered by an organisation called the Positive Success Group Scotland and is set to start in the spring of this year.

The PSG  life coach course will contain seminar guidance that will be of great assistance when a person wants to make definitive decisions on things such as career transition, starting a new business, pause and reflect on current lifestyle choices, or simply looking for personal and professional improvements.
If you are an individual open to change and transition – your potential to improve is limitless.

Who would a life coach course most suit ? Could be anybody in fact. It may be people who want to self coach, leaders, entrepreneurs, trainers, counsellors, parents, retired folk looking for a new lease of life.
Anyone who has the required energy and fully understands  the need for continuing education and self development.

Why do people take a life coach course or hire a personal coach ? Because they want to improve their behaviours that lead to better outcomes for themselves and their families.
They want to learn new and flexible ways of thinking, develop new ways of approaching situations, new ways of analysing events in order to get better results for themselves.

They desire self improvement in being more organised and effective at work, gaining confidence in previously stressful situations, or they simply wish to relate and interact effectively in their relationships and interactions with other people.
Do you think you’re worth that investment ? Then contact Posus now!

April 2, 2010

Executive Coach Training

Executive Coach Training has emerged as a management tool of some substance over the last few years with senior staff from all manner of professions readily adopting the term as an adjunct to their main appointment job title.
The additional appendage of  “Coaching Manager” is becoming a common feature of Company brochures and Integration trees.
It can only be a matter of time before the term becomes a commonly generic job title in its own right in the appointments pages of Management Journals and the like.

Are you seriously thinking about a change of direction in your career or maybe just pondering on how to skip a few rungs on the internal promotions ladder ?

Are you a line manager who is being encouraged to play a role in the learning and development of their front line staff but are unsure of the relevant sources of information to tailor and focus the learning into a useful exercise for the whole team ? Or are you simply looking at different options that could broaden your role in the firm and expand your current job specification ?
Well , the above executive coaching discipline is being offered as part of a Executive coaching Diploma being put put forward by an organisation called the Positive Success Group Scotland and is set to start in the spring of this year.

Executive coach training will be one element of a twin track approach adopted which will include  the business side of improving performance but will also be matched up with the softer skills side of modern Management techniques.
But the design and purpose of that part of the syllabus will lean towards those already established in a career  ( perhaps business consultancy ) but wish to broaden their skill base without necessarily abandoning their current Income streams. In other words–adding another string to their bow.
But for the purposes of this narrative we shall concentrate on the business side of the Course.

The Benefits of Executive Coach Training –

Study effective coaching skills techniques and positively interact in a professional and effective manner with outside organisations

Study the techniques involved in supporting and developing line managers ( or similar grade ) to fully understand and really develop their skills as an internal coach

Study and implement the processes involved in Organisational Change and holding Company Brand audits

Discover ways to improve communications with the firms clients while utilising and developing abilities to goal set

Managing smaller Projects – A practical Approach

Equipping the internal Coach with the right skills and business knowledge to make a real impact at ground level

Study the different Leadership and Management styles involved when changing the vision of an Organisation

One of the concluding parts of the course is a ‘Business Planning ant transferring skills for the Self Employed’ seminar. This is a rigorous section in its own merit and moves the student through the processes of a constructing a viable business plan for raising finance, website design and marketing techniques to ensure their skills are successfully positioned in the market place. In other words , how to get noticed.
That section of the course is particularly interesting for those who have the ambition to start their own coaching practice.

Undergoing executive coach training and successfully gaining a professional qualification in that discipline is increasingly being seen as an important aid to promotion and increased earning potential.
The Positive Success Group life and executive coach course we provide in Scotland, is geared for and aims to do just that for its participants.

March 26, 2010

Coaching certification

Coaching certification : What to take into account when choosing a  Coaching  course to enhance your CV

Coaching certification? You may have come across the term on the training options lists sent down by the Human Resource department each month for managers to consider for their staff.
Or you may have seen advertisements in personnel journals listing the benefits of completing a course of studies.

Your first instinct will be to try and place it within your existing training portfolio and make preliminary investigation of the qualifications framework and the validation process of the awarding body.

That is why we recommend that when considering coaching certification that you or your company thoroughly investigate that the provider is aligned to a National Occupation standard or other Professional body standards as appropriate to the group award schemes.
Also satisfy yourself that the accreditation has a portability that allows for   international recognition abroad as well as in Great Britain such as LBCAI, AC and/or ICF and the ILM.

We are proud to say that PSG Diploma in Life and Executive coaching certification robustly fulfils that basic criteria in that it is a nationally recognised qualification by FETAC and transfers its portability to the equivalent of a SQA Level 5 in Scotland and fully satisfies the membership criteria of the UK wide Association of Coaching ( AC ) in its length of syllabus learning, validation and quality assurance systems.

Obtaining coaching certification can be achieved in several ways but for the  person with a modern busy lifestyle, it could be a preference to chose a part time class room style mode of learning.
Developing your practitioner skills in the company of similarly well qualified individuals from similar type organisations  will be an environment of stimulating exchange of ideas and practises as you progress  through the syllabus over 7 weekends and 3 evenings as your knowledge base prospers from the modern and enlightened design principles of the Diploma in coaching.

Coaching certification will give you the important accreditation which enhances your CV and employment prospects and informs a potential employer / sponsor / lender that you have embarked and completed a rigorous Personal development course of study which qualifies you to professionally educate, advise and interact with people within all types of organisations.
It will underline and underpin your professional approach to both your personal and business life.

March 22, 2010

Becoming a Life coach

Becoming a Life coach is a concept that is becoming increasingly attractive to a lot of people not entirely satisfied by their current role within their organisation or indeed people considering a complete change of career.
While you’ve previously pondered on your choices on becoming a Life coach — you probably have researched websites and know a great deal of what it takes to become a good Life coach.

Becoming a Life coach may launch you into an exciting new business career but don’t quit your the “day job” right away. Don’t be impatient – it’s important that you give yourself time to develop a successful coaching background and for that you’ll require formal training.

With this in mind, the Positive Success Group Scotland, diploma in Life coaching is an ideal route to becoming a Life coach and offers a well researched and comprehensive syllabus enabling you to learn better, faster, and it also offers better value any other training program.

What kind of background is the ideal one in becoming a life coach?  Background profiles are wide and diverse. You may recognise that you are the type of person that friends and acquaintances consistently come to for advice and assistance — you are probably already “coaching” at a base level so have no fears.

You may have considerable business experience to pass on but intend to include a coaching slant as your selling point. Coaches emerge from a wide variety of backgrounds including:

  • Business management,
  • Retired trade union officials
  • Teaching profession ,
  • Counselling
  • Social care
  • Human resources and many others.

The best training ground is actual coaching in real world situations. You can immediately apply your learned knowledge directly with real clients. The PSG diploma syllabus allows you to put your new skills in context, try them out, and make them relative to your previous experience. In terms of practical work

  • Each student will undertake Observational sessions with highly experienced coaches and their client
  • Each student will deliver Peer coaching sessions with notes professionally recorded
  • Each student will deliver Pro bono coaching sessions with genuine clients in ‘real life’ situations with professional logs and records written up

The PSG diploma offers assistance in other areas to help in you becoming a Life coach in the shape of the following

Practical information on finance and funding, marketing and running a small business

Welcomed into a community of other coaches where you can share ideas, best practise but also discuss challenges and difficulties

A safe environment where you can coach and get valuable long term support and feedback about your coaching.

In summary , the process of becoming a coach is not the end of your learning. Far from it, it is an ongoing process – a journey without a defined end.
You will come to understand the term Lifelong Learning in this context as the more experience that you gain through coaching, the better you will become.
The more clients you coach and assist – the more you will realise that there is more to be done and more to learn. Welcome aboard.

March 11, 2010

Life Coaching Courses Scotland

Life Coaching Courses Scotland : Where can you find a Life Coaching course in Scotland to suit you ?
As word about their good reputation gets around , Life Coaching courses are increasingly being marketed in newspapers , management journals , training magazines and the Internet.
Just ‘google’ Life coaching and discover the many  organisations offering a coaching service to the public.

Scotland, like the rest of the UK and the other Eurozone economies, are going through a bumpy ride and the debate about spending cuts has the various political parties sniping away at their opponents on who has ‘the right approach’ to the issue.
But no one is denying the inevitably of public sector spending cuts,  which will undoubtedly translate in the final analysis — to the people in employment being asked to do more, working and performing even more efficiently to enable their own Organisation to keep its head above the financial watermark.

One of the new Life Coaching courses in Scotland starting soon is being introduced in Glasgow in March by Mr Ian Begbie, course director of the Positive Success Group  Scotland.
The organisation specialises in a type of learning that has proved to be a fantastic tool in other environments by removing the negative stress in obtaining better performance from employees by adopting a co-operative and proactive discussion and agreement style.

One immediate benefit for people undertaking the Business and Life Coaching course in Scotland, is the receipt of highly prized qualification , valued by employers and one which will directly impact on your career development inside your existing place of employment . It also serves as an ideal way forward to a brand new career.

Life Coaching Courses Scotland, Examples of  themes covered

  • Knowing how to look at your career perspectives
  • Being able to make decisions better
  • Understanding human behaviour and building relationships
  • Self Awareness – explore your hopes , dreams and aspirations
  • Getting balance in our lives

Seminar topics examined in the Executive coaching course in Scotland

  • Career Development
  • Team Management & Leadership Styles
  • Personal Development plans
  • Improving Decision Making
  • Responding to change

Type of people you are likely to meet on our Life Coaching Courses in Scotland

  • Ordinary people who are excited by the prospect of a new career
  • who want guidance on self improvement  and development
  • who  have a desire to improve their health and personal energy
  • who want to have more resilience and drive
  • who want to explore what exactly they are capable off

‘’We have a great team here at PSG Scotland and from previous experience we realised how beneficial it is that each course intertwines and feeds directly from each other.
The feedback sessions often reveal that the ‘softer’ Life skills can often be successfully deployed in the workplace and the seminars on work-life balance are an invaluable aid in contributing to a more able , more resourceful person coming through at the end of the course.

Also we witness the interaction between people with different backgrounds leading to stimulating debates, strong friendships forged around personal interests but also in forming business partnerships for the future. So all-round , it is an enriching and rewarding experience for all concerned –with a respected and accredited professional qualification at the end of it ’enthused Ian.

Are you ready to take your life forward in one great leap ?
Check out our Life Coaching Courses Scotland today.

March 8, 2010

Life coach courses

Life coach courses are primarily for individuals who feel the time has come for them to step forward and create a successful future for themselves.
All manner of things may have prevented them from even asking the pointed questions about themselves and their position in the world  but by enlisting the assistance of a life coach – a positive and irreversible step has been taken.

The life coach is a practioner highly skilled in helping people to envisage the possibility of making radical improvements in their lives. If your life is comfortable , but you want it to be challenging, coaching is for you!

But what do life coach courses provide for the client ? Firstly, they are not psychoanalyst sessions, they are more than a consultancy. They are more than a friendly voice to give advice at a difficult time although undoubtedly they will contain time for you to air concerns and problems.
Your Life Coach is a skilled expert, fully qualified, experienced and ready to assist their clients in releasing the full capabilities of the individual.

What are you capable of at the moment ?
We think you’ll be even better with a coach !

How will attending life coach courses achieve the above ?  The practioner will partner with you in clearly outlining what YOU want, ask the powerful questions that enable you think clearly as regards important issues,  get to the core of your value system, encouraging you to take action thereby helping you to achieve measurable success.
Whether you want assistance in achieving a specific goal, settle on a satisfying career direction, or energising your  whole environment, a Life Coach can help you be better at doing those things.

Life coach courses are specifically designed as to give clients an action–orientated partnership enabling a release of the energy and potential that lies within all of us.
You’ve been subconsciously working below your potential – it’s time to unleash the amount you’ve been holding in reserve.

March 3, 2010

Learn Life Coaching

You can learn life coaching from many Organisations where an interested individual is offered the opportunity to learn life coaching as an aid to improving their career prospects.  But care should be taken regarding what exactly is the status of the entity, their certification process and importantly is it recognised in industry?
We advise that when anyone wants to learn life coaching, is ensure the following competencies are being offered;

Meeting Ethical guidelines and Professional Standards

The life coach should demonstrate an understanding of the ethical guidelines, Professional Standards and the ability to apply them appropriately in the coaching relationship

Establishing the Coaching Agreement
The life coach should demonstrate an ability to understand what is required in the specific coaching interaction while his student learns life coaching

Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client
The life coach should demonstrate an ability to create a safe, supportive environment that produces an ongoing mutual respect and trust

Active Listening
The life coach will demonstrate an ability to focus completely on what the client IS saying and IS NOT saying and to support client self expression throughout the coaching

The life coach should demonstrate an ability to ask the questions that reveal the information needed for maximum benefit for the coaching relationship and for the client

Planning and Goal Setting
The life coach should demonstrate an ability to create an effective coaching plan with the client.

When you learn life coaching from PSG Scotland, we embody those core competencies into our syllabus of learning and ensure that the learning process is rigorous and complies with professional standards and the certification process is held in the highest regard and esteem.

March 1, 2010

Coaching companies

Coaching companies has emerged as THE powerful device for assisting beleaguered management get through this part of the recession with  balance sheets if not on the canvas then barely still in the ring.
The usual tired  management method of taking a sword to process costs, cut everything in sight ( excepting their salary and bonuses of course ) get behind the barricades and pray that markets recover quickly, has been put aside in favour of something more proactive that has contributed to the prevention of the downsizing of employee numbers which had been predicted. Until now at least.

There has been a realisation that companies that stand still are doomed. Organisations that do not respond quickly to change are going to regress. All great companies have had to adapt to changing circumstances and acted proactively in seeking out their future markets.

In every sector we see Business in a state of transition, responding to changes in the conditions of their traditional markets, having to think and work globally, prosper in cyberspace and face the emergence of new vibrant competition at every turn. In other words, the leaders of modern Organisation have to face and cope with new challenges on a daily basis to enable their company to survive.

The timetable for coaching companies more than likely involves the business coach to be called in as a reactive response to a damaging occurrence  that the existing  management had previously ignored and the company has now been forced to confront. It may be the emergence of

global competition – operating under more favourable business conditions,

changes in technology,

changing demands of customers,

distribution difficulties, all sorts of threats.

The external coaches are summoned, given the brief and the authority and asked to identify how management can respond with what they already have at their disposal.

Coaching companies and their management in the initial phase at least, lends itself to the existing general culture being examined and a future central philosophy being agreed with senior management.
Something has usually being going wrong with the Balance sheet so there is usually a need for a generalised culture audit whereby the business coach contributes in full to drawing up a checklist for areas of potential coaching improvements with regard to

Organisational Objectives,

Recruitment and induction,

Performance Review

Employee Development,


Advertising and Marketing

All these process areas make a significant contribution to what is being produced by the Company but the coaching audit should enable failing established practises within them , corporate hierarchies and out of date l methods to be vigorously challenged and debated,  encouraging and allowing new ideas from the bottom up to be planted and nurtured inside the managements mindset.
But underlying all the reviews and new thinking, is the requirement to put the organisations people at the very centre of all cultural changes that need to take place.

Coaching companies can by the very action of kickstarting a human resources process – can assist in ensuring that the skilled and sympathetic development of the organisations existing workforce – not radical costly redevelopment of its other processes — has the quickest and most durable effect on a company’s balance sheet. And that is a concept which will warm the heart of all the Organisations senior decision makers.

Filed under: Coaching companies — Tags: — Carl Hewitt @ 3:08 pm

February 25, 2010

Life coach certificate

The life coach certificate is in your possession so exactly what area of coaching do you concentrate on after you have successfully completed the Accredited Diploma?  You are now qualified to take your coaching skills into the outside world and professionally work with and help your clients achieve their goals in both their personal and professional lives. It will be very much an exciting voyage of discovery for yourself as an aspiring practitioner.

You will become conversant with the many areas with which a Life coach is able to provide a service to their clients – not only with their business skill-sets but also with supporting the clients personal aspirations and desire for change within their own lifestyle.

Acquiring the life coach certificate is only the start. You will undoubtedly gain practical experience as you practise and acquire and then transmit a library of knowledge to your future clients in an informative manner. But you will realise that to be an effective as a coach you must ask the pertinent questions that allows the client to find solutions by using their own thought processes. We are not looking for answers – we are seeking to improve the quality of thinking from the coachee which should manifest then itself in increasing the quality of both their actions and decisions.

So look forward to using your life coach certificate to launch your coaching career with confidence, relish the challenges ahead and prepare to learn a great deal about yourself as you marvel at your ability to equip people with the ways and means of moving forward more confidently and positively.  Job satisfaction at its best.

Filed under: Coaching Certification — Tags: — Carl Hewitt @ 4:18 pm
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