Approaching the "third stage of life" can be a daunting experience. The transition encompasses all facets of living: income/budgeting, home life, sex/love, social interactions, health and self-esteem. Let's face it, retirement can be a time of major stress. But, wait...there's someone who can help. Perhaps you need a LIFE COACH.
Wikipedia gives the following definition of Life Coaching:
"Life coaching is a practice with the aim of helping clients determine and achieve personal goals. Life coaches use multiple methods that will help clients with the process of setting and reaching goals. Coaching is not targeted at psychological illness and coaches are not therapists nor consultants."
"Life coaching has its roots in executive coaching, which itself drew on techniques developed in management consulting and leadership training. Life coaching also draws inspiration from disciplines including sociology, psychology, positive adult development, career counseling, mentoring and other types of counseling. The coach may apply mentoring, values assessment, behavior modification, behavior modeling, goal-setting and other techniques in helping their clients."
Howard Fox, Life Coach
You may find yourself in the position of looking for a Life Coach for your own development. Or you may be looking for an opportunity to experience being coached as a way to deepen your understanding about what coaching really is all about. Or maybe you just want to talk with an experienced coach and ask them more about the coaching process and their experiences.
We'd like you to meet Howard Fox, a consultant with a passion for the coaching profession. I've known Howard for over a decade, and he embodies the character, training and experience you'll want to have as your personal coach.
Howard is a Certified Coach through the Evidence Based Coaching Program at FieldingGraduateUniversity, which meets the accreditation requirements of the International Coach Federation. He has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a BS in Psychology. He is currently working toward an MA degree in Organization Management and Development (anticipated in September 2010).
KEY POINTS ABOUT COACHING "The practice of coaching presents us with an opportunity to have better interactions in our day-to-day lives with colleagues, friends, and family. As a 'Coach,' leveraging 'coachable moments' provides the chance to positively make a difference in the lives of my clients, empowering them to make their own decisions, to facilitate the learning process and to challenge their perspective. As a coaching client, your willingness to engage in the coaching process signifies that you are an agile learner with a desire to broaden your perspective and realize new possibilities for yourself. It's also an opportunity to take your relationship with your 'Coach' to a deeper level of trust and mutual respect."
Howard's Coaching Philosophy entails:
Believing in the art of "asking powerful questions" as he works with clients to tap into their own core strengths and potential to create and realize new personal and professional possibilities
Leveraging insights from the leading theoretical models (ex. Behavioral, Personality, Communication, Learning, and Development) to augment his coaching approach
Working with coaching tools such as:
--Validated psychometric instruments such as the "MBTI" to determine an individual's personality type, and the "DISC," which is used to examine individual behavior in the environment.
-- "Self-assessment" - To examine what aspects of your life are working well or not so well. The mere act of working through this questionnaire promotes awareness and reflection to gain insight about who you're being and how you show up.
-- "Wheel of Life" - To examine specific areas of your life (e.g., health, career, love, etc.) and assess how out of balance the area is between your current and desired state.
To learn more about the coaching process, or to discuss whether coaching is right for you, we invite you to contact Mr. Fox directly: mailto:HowardFox@FoxCoaching.com