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Every week, we publish a new blog post that addresses
the coaching issues that concern

  What distinguishes a professional-level coach from a beginner?  Several things, but one of the most important is the ability to invite and support self-awareness and self-change.  Sometimes we call self-change “internal shift.”  The idea is that the client realizes he or she is what needs to change. One of my clients recently demonstrated the

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  Here’s one of life’s most important lessons (in my opinion): frustration is the distance between expectation and reality. I first encountered this truth as I conducted research for my doctoral dissertation, which focused on the positive psychology and human flourishing.  Every so often, researchers explore the happiest nations.  The Dutch and other Scandinavian countries

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  James, the brother of Jesus, wrote: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you. – James 5:16 The goal of confession is healing, and the means to healing is confessing. This is an intimate interaction that must be handled delicately. While the coach doesn’t formally hear confessions,

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  Can you take a coach approach to preaching? Preaching seems like the epitome of telling. The preacher is the expert who hopes to influence the listener to take a prescribed action. The preacher is letting the listener in on God’s commands, hopes, thoughts and plans. Is this even the right time to take a

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  Perhaps the deepest driving principle for me and the rest of the CAM leadership team is this: coaching is a way of joining God as God works in the lives of other people.  In other words, coaching is ministry. I believe this principle to be true, whether coaching occurs in a ministry setting, a

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Coaching is not telling, at least that is what we reinforce with beginning coaches. The telling coach gives answers rather than creates awareness. The telling coach creates dependence rather than fostering responsibility. The telling coach is the easiest coach to ignore. New coaches learn that awareness can be created by asking powerful questions – open

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