An Adapting Tool For Attaing Fulfillment In the Global Economy
a time when the global economy is bringing innovation, new ideas and new
opportunities into the marketplace, outsourcing and the elimination of
white-collar jobs has left many of us feeling anxious and insecure about
the future. It is increasingly apparent that the American Worker can no
longer look to the corporation for a sense of security, place, benefits
or loyalty. As reliance on old structures is diminishing, the following
ways of looking at work are emerging:
want work that gives them meaning and purpose
People want their work to be part of a balanced lifestyle
People will increasingly choose to create their own small businesses or
work as freelancers, consultants, and independent contractors
the changing economic climate, people need to learn to trust their own
intuition, talent and resources to both survive and thrive. In order to
do this, they will need sustained
and self-awareness to recognize and pursue new opportunities that lead
to meaningful work. This begs the question of how we can even recognize
new opportunities, when we may feel more stressed and anxious than ever.
Many of us may
even know what we want or where to look for it if we did know.
there is a powerful vehicle emerging to assist people in finding focus,
purpose and fulfillment, and to keep them on track during these uncertain
times and into the future. That vehicle is called Personal and Professional
Coaching. Personal and Professional Coaching works through a dynamic
partnership focused entirely on the
and the clientís agenda. In coaching, the following are presumed:
People are creative, resourceful and whole
People are capable of finding their own answers to whatever challenges
All parts of peopleís lives-careers, relationships, recreation, personal
growth, finances, etc. are interrelated and impact life balance and fulfillment
often starts by exploring what the person really wants. Even when
people believe they know this, greater clarity and self-awareness emerge
through coaching. And sometimes, people discover different aspirations,
ones that make them look forward to getting out of bed each morning.
using active listening skills and asking proactive questions, the coach
gets the client to experience a deeper awareness of how they operate in
life. Through activities such as values clarification, brainstorming and
personal strategic planning, the coach will help their client to recognize
and access options and possibilities they may have never noticed before.
By holding the client responsible and accountable, the coach empowers the
client to follow through on the commitments they make in the coaching.
a momentum builds that results in a confidence that turns inspired ideas
into tangible actions with real world results.
we learn about ourselves through coaching will include our potential and
unique talents, but also anything we have previously avoided. A coach
will work with the client to uncover and release any negative and limiting
beliefs that can stop them from achieving what they really want.
All this is done in a relationship where trust, respect and acknowledgment
are highly valued.
is an approach that enables people to fulfill their own greatest promise
and to thrive regardless of the changing winds of the economy.
Okrend is a Personal and Professional Coach who transitioned from being
an attorney into the life of a creative entrepreneur. He founded Stepping
Stones Coaching to help people take control of their own lives and destiny
and to live more consciously and creatively. Philip lives in Raleigh, North
Carolina with his wife, 2 children and dog. For more information,
visit www.steppingstonescoaching.com To learn more about the profession
of coaching, visit the International Coaching Federation Web site at www.coachfederation.org