Many years ago, my company was called in to deliver a coach training program for a corporate client. Their Vision Statement for the program was “To transform our leadership culture and to be on the leading edge of enabling our employees to truly live their personal and professional values.” Profound, is the perfect word for this vision, ‘Courageous’ is another.
Fifteen leaders were selected to pilot the initiative for this massive organization. These leaders were ready (or so I thought) to accept new belief systems, new direction, and a new life. They completed so many profiles on leadership that I think they thought that they were signing up to be an astronaut. Ha! But armed with this great data, their CLI Instructors were in a good, offensive position.
Each leader received numerous 1-2-1 coaching sessions with a Senior Coach in which they privately aired their dirty laundry. You know the kind of thing: “I think our leader is a moron”, “My staff are all losers”, “If I was the CEO, I’d fire everyone in the company”, and the biggest winner was “I wish everyone was more like me. Then, we’d get a lot more done around here.” Uh huh! Mind-Kinetics® Coaching works from the inside out to turn egotistical wonders into people without horns. At last, these leaders were ready to come together as a group to learn how to be compassionate Coaches for their own staff members and colleagues.
On the morning of the first workshop day, Steve put his hand up. He said, “Betska, we’ve been through every conceivable leadership and team building program available to man. Plus, we’ve been through another coach training program. None of them has worked. And I’m telling you that if this one doesn’t work, I’m outta here.”
Fair enough. Steve was really speaking on behalf of the consciousness of the entire group of 15 leaders. They were fed up with the poor results from previous coaching and leadership training programs. I asked the group to give these new scientific methodologies a chance. “They always work,” I said. On a conscious level, I knew they were thinking “Yeah, right.”
What the group was really questioning was their own ability to help others transform permanently. That’s okay. My middle name is “Patience”. Mind-Kinetics always works. It never fails because it is so precisely designed to create a shift in the subconscious mind.
On the morning of the second day, the group worked in pairs to practice “Conversational Coaching with Mind-Kinetics®”—one of the jewels in the line-up. The magic from the results they were achieving must have been felt for miles around. Two hours later, Steve put up his hand and said, “Well, Betska, I eat my words. This stuff really works.” And no, I didn’t say “I told you so.” 🙂