Guru Flu: Guru Marketers Kill Real Coaching

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Following is from a  post  by Dave Buck on his blog at Coachville http://www.coachville.com/2013/03/18/guru-flu-epidemic/(Cocheville is one of the first Coach training Online course started by the now departed Thomas J. Leonard, an Icarus I might portray in Icaresques soon). Apart from being a call to action for “real Coaches”– because, truly, authentic coaches, more often than not, suck at self-promotion and need some training (the intended aim of Dave’s article); you, coachees (prospective) or chance visitors, can learn a lot about what coaching is not and therefore what “true” coaching can offer (in bold).  I leave it to Dave… Continue reading

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Look Before you Leap, Leap and Above All Choose Life.

stock-photo-handwriting-blackboard-writings-look-before-you-leap-99119582‘Look Before You Leap’ heuristics

If  we use the metaphor of the diving board for people failing to follow through on their goals, we can find on this diving board 2 types of people :

  • The Icaruses.  They take the leap without looking first.  It’s as though they can’t help themselves (See Icarus Lessons). These are few and far between.
  • The commitment phobics, more numerous and in increase as life’s possibilities increase (a paradox); who seek all the guarantees and never get to take the leap.

‘What Ifs’ and Transitions Continue reading

Life Is Hard but There’s Despair Inc to the Rescue

Image“When we started Despair, we had a dream. To crush other people’s dreams. But we knew, given our goal, we’d be in for a fight. After all, the Motivation Industry has been crushing dreams for decades, selling the easy lie of success you can buy. That’s why we decided to differentiate ourselves- by crushing dreams with hard truths!”

“No industry has inflicted more suffering than the Motivational Industry. Motivational books, speakers and posters have made billions of dollars selling shortcuts to success and tools for unleashing our unlimited potential. At Despair, we know such products only raise hopes to dash them. That’s why our products go straight to the dashing! Enjoy!” Continue reading

Defining Success Part 2: Spiraling up

 

I could have fallen into a pit of bitterness and negativity with no chance of spiraling up, if I hadn’t joined in parallel to my business activities, a group coaching circle (it was not called coaching then), with a workshop called : Recover Your Creative Energy. This circle helped me make the fateful and salutary decision of closing down the business, I’d been putting off for the last 2 years.

My tribulations, during that time, were worthy of a picaro character or was it a personable but ultimately dead Icarus? Only penultimate Icarus: Just in time before complete burnout. Unfortunately, I revisited the lesson of overextending myself to near burnout twice more afterwards, until I find inner guidance and some subsequent measure of inner peace (See Icarus Lessons, in preparation). And that’s how I came to teach what I needed to learn, by becoming a coach. Continue reading