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In an age of increasing complexity and exponential change, it is not always clear what you need to do to achieve your goals and reach your full potential. Eventually everyone needs some help, and when that time comes, the perfect coach is waiting for you at Koach.net.

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The 11 Cognitive Biases your Career Coach Wants You To See Being aware of cognitive biases is an important first step in shining light on unconscious parts of our thinking, allowing us to bring more awareness and cognition to important questions, especially those regarding other people. When working with a job coach, much of the process will shed light on how these biases impact the success of your job search.

Jun 2019

8 min 46 sec

Slaying the Dragon: Facing Resistance Like a Pro So how do we overcome resistance and achieve what we were put on this Earth to do?

Jun 2019

8 min 31 sec

Presence, the greatest gift a coach can give you Our minds change our bodies, says Cuddy, but can our bodies change our minds? Her TED talk answers this question by showing that the physical assumption of high or low power poses significantly impact an individual’s sense of what is possible.

May 2019

6 min 24 sec

One question and one answer critical to success It’s no revelation that the pressures and expectations of 21st Century life are growing increasingly difficult to manage. The competition for our attention is overwhelming at times, and poor management of mental, emotional and physical resources can sabotage attempts to achieve the success we deserve.

May 2019

8 min 36 sec

The Leadership Coach While a life coach works with a broad array of topics related to many different areas of a client’s life, a leadership coach, as the name suggests, works directly with topics related to individual’s role as a leader.

May 2019

7 min 18 sec

The Mentor The original Mentor was the ‘wise and trusted counselor’ of Homer’s Odyssey, but the role of mentor has been around since long before Ancient Greek times. In its general sense a mentor describes someone who is willing and able to pass on their experience and guidance to someone who is learning the ropes.

May 2019

5 min 36 sec

The Life Coach A life coach reflects back to you, supports you, challenges you, motivates you and guides you, but the process is always yours. What is almost always revealed in a successful coaching programme is that you had the answers all along, the life coach just helped you access them.

Apr 2019

5 min 39 sec

The Health Coach Where all coaches are interested in helping clients shift limiting patterns in order to achieve their goals, health coaches do so by focusing specifically on health and wellness. Their work is not on principle divergent from the work provided by doctors and other healthcare professionals, but the approach of a health coach is often quite different from the dominant approach of the medical industry and national healthcare systems.

Apr 2019

8 min 25 sec

The Career Coach For most of us, our work will account for a significant portion of our time on this planet, second only to sleep. It seems critical, then, that we should find value and meaning, even joy, in the work we do. Sadly, the well-known truth is that most people instead find themselves going through the motions, occupied in jobs that pay the rent but little else.

Apr 2019

5 min 27 sec

How the right work can help you find your purpose Despite the endless challenges of unifying individuals into a cohesive whole, organizations are capable of achieving significantly more than any single person.

Mar 2019

6 min 32 sec

Cultivating agility in the face of exponential change Anxiety is on the rise. The World Health Organisation calls it an epidemic, reporting a more-than-50% rise in anxiety and depression between 1990 and 2013. Though these feelings are complex in nature and cause, it is intuitive that the rise in anxiety is fueled by a growing sense of overwhelm in the face of escalating change and complexity.

Mar 2019

6 min 35 sec

Do you have these 10 qualities of mindful leadership What defines a strong and connected leader? Science suggests it has something to do with the human brain.

Mar 2019

7 min 7 sec

Why energy management is key to successful leadership It has never been more important for leaders to practice effective energy management – not just for themselves, but for the benefit of everyone they impact.

Mar 2019

8 min 5 sec

How to use your personality type to make better decisions One of the reasons that Frozen is the most successful animated movie of all time is that its characters are each significantly shifted by their experiences, drawing on courage to access new, previously unseen aspects of themselves.

Feb 2019

8 min 12 sec

Make your brainwaves count With the help of radically new technologies, neuroscience has taken interstellar leaps forward in the last few decades, with the result that we are now able to see what happens when people are in different states of consciousness. And brainwaves are the key.

Feb 2019

7 min 28 sec

Is a new career part of your hero's journey Understanding the patterns of the Hero’s Journey affords a unique perspective on one’s own life experience, especially when one feels stuck in a rut.

Feb 2019

6 min 13 sec

Why your inner critic is your worst enemy Overcoming the inner critic and its seeds of self-doubt is one of the biggest challenges on the path to self-development, and one of the earliest you’ll encounter. So, what can be done about it? Here are 3 suggestions.

Feb 2019

6 min 58 sec

Does internet coaching really work There are some fairly universal pros and cons to moving your coaching online.

Jan 2019

7 min 13 sec

Confidence – Stop Looking and Start Acting Confidence isn’t something that you suddenly feel, it accumulates over time with practice – constantly being maintained, stretched and repeated (but it gets a lot easier the more you practice). Some days you might fail. That’s ok, it’s all part of the process of learning. The good news is that each new day is a fresh start.

Jan 2019

7 min 49 sec

Why do you work? Here are some suggestions if you find yourself seeking work that will pay you well enough and provide you with meaning.

Jan 2019

7 min 23 sec

How to stay focused on what’s most important The 21st century human is subject to unprecedented amounts of daily distraction. Managing this distraction requires conscious effort and focus – a critical part of improving productivity. By when I speak of focusing on what’s most important, I don’t only mean in the moment. I mean long term focus, the kind that keeps you committed to the most important goals in your life. Here are 5 tips on how to do that.

Dec 2018

8 min 11 sec

Beating The Expat (Holiday) Blues Despite the joy and good cheer that apparently defines the holiday season, it is at this time of the year that the distance from family, friends and one’s roots is felt the most.

Dec 2018

6 min 58 sec

What is health coaching and why does it matter? To be well an individual needs to take responsibility for his wellness. One of the side effects of an over-medicated culture is that people cede responsibility for their health to their doctor or pharmacists. Empowerment is key, which is why a health coach is a facilitator, not a doctor. In an age when ‘healthcare’ is more often called ‘sickcare’, when societies are increasingly fragmented and atomised, the value of being seen as a complete human who can be supported in their growth towards success is immense. The reward is not simply better health, it is fuller being.

Dec 2018

6 min 5 sec

Aging is viewed as a disease or enemy, and slowing it down, or eliminating it altogether, is a burgeoning industry. Everyone wants to look younger and live longer, but the keys to longevity are not found inside a bottle. They reside in the lifestyles we lead, especially in healthy relationships. https://learn.koach.net/article/want-to-live-longer-build-healthy-relationships/2018/01/10/

Dec 2018

7 min 9 sec

Human beings feel a strong affinity for the notion of free will – it helps us feel like autonomous beings with power over our own destiny. This is a contentious issue, but while the debate about free will continues, we can reliably point to a mechanism in our psyche that often governs our behavior without our knowledge, awareness, or control. It’s called the shadow, and it’s with you right now. https://learn.koach.net/article/shadow-dont-see-matters/2017/12/20/

Dec 2018

6 min 17 sec

Change is unavoidable – it is written into the fabric of our existence. So, it seems, is the fear of change, the opposing force that tries to keep the status quo firmly locked the way it is. Yet, far from something to be beaten back and repelled, this natural resistance needs to be embraced and understood. Within it lies tremendous value to our personal evolution. https://learn.koach.net/article/fear-of-change-your-great-teacher/2018/01/17/

Nov 2018

7 min 1 sec

The concept of intelligence has undergone, and continues to undergo, a massive transformation in the west. Most western readers will have a personal experience of sitting an IQ test, usually at some point in their schooling career, and for the longest time, your results in such a test were used as the primary indicator of your intelligence. But modern research has revealed that not only is this particular measurement flawed, it has blinkered our view. Intelligence is not one thing, it is many, and to understand the full impact of that is to understand your capacity to access latent levels of higher intelligence. https://learn.koach.net/article/accessing-your-higher-intelligence/2017/12/06/

Nov 2018

6 min 51 sec

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) recognizes more than 50,000 professional accredited coaches worldwide. This represents tremendous growth for an industry that didn’t exist in the mainstream until the 1980’s, especially as these numbers do not include non-accredited individuals providing coaching services, or managers using coaching skills as part of their work. With so much choice and so many different types of coaches out there, it can be difficult to know where to start in choosing a coach. 9 Types of Coaches

Nov 2018

6 min 33 sec

Anyone who has ever sought advice, looked for a mentor or hired a coach has done so because, at least intuitively, they know that transformation and success seldom happen accidentally. Often, we need help achieving our dreams, but we also need a plan. That plan inevitably includes goals, but how does one make sure those goals serve you? Genuinely effective goal setting is part art, part science, and very very personal. https://learn.koach.net/article/2852-2/2017/11/29/

Nov 2018

6 min 19 sec

Every leader, every parent, every spouse, every friend, every colleague, has at some point or another heard about the importance of being a good listener. It’s intuitively sensible – of course we need to listen well. If we’re not, we lose access to information that could be critical to our careers, relationships, or personal well-being.

Oct 2018

5 min 57 sec

If you view a successful organization as a well-tuned machine, then culture is the oil that keeps all the parts running in harmony; if you think of an organization as a family, then culture is the familial bond that holds everyone together; if you consider an organization to be more like a living organism, then culture is the lifeblood that nourishes the organism and encourages it to grow.

Oct 2018

6 min 28 sec

Scottish author and poet George Macdonald is possibly one of the most influential writers you’ve never heard of. His work is cited as impacting greats like CS Lewis, WH Auden, JR Tolkien and even, some believe, Mark Twain. Though I’m not a personal fan of the type of fantasy literature he helped pioneer, I’ve always loved the strength and clarity of his words: ‘To be trusted is a greater accomplishment than being loved.’ In its genuine form love is a far more constant feeling than trust, even to the point of being unconditional. But trust is highly conditional and can be destroyed with one dishonorable act. Earning it, and maintaining it, requires intentional and conscious behaviour directed by a clear moral compass. It relies on openness, commitment and authenticity. And it’s in crisis.

Oct 2018

7 min 4 sec

Were you reading this article 25 years ago it would probably be filled with ‘incontrovertible’ evidence of the nonmalleable nature of the human brain. But, with the recent and rapid development of technologies like CT scans, MRI and EEG – technologies that can ‘see inside’ the human body – the field of neuroscience has exploded with new discoveries.

Oct 2018

8 min 19 sec

Habits are powerful. Human beings intuitively know this, otherwise New Year’s resolutions – whether you believe in them or not – wouldn’t be such a big deal. At some point, every individual identifies an old negative habit that they would like to break, or a positive new habit that they would like to start, but what then? How to kick that habitual behaviour that’s been holding you back, or activate new behaviour to move you forward?

Sep 2018

7 min 17 sec

People have become so divorced from their own condition that they don’t notice it. There’s a delusion at play that contributes to the ‘wired but tired’ state so common in high-performance results-focused cultures (‘I’m operating, I’m great, no worries’) – a major contributor to burnout. But it’s not identified, because western culture is very good at teaching you how to set goals and assess your career success, but not very good at teaching you how to assess your personal wellbeing. That’s why simple mindfulness practices can have such profound effects on people, and it’s why mindfulness is enjoying such a surge of popularity in western countries.

Sep 2018

9 min 47 sec

Few people look for a coach when everything in their life is working well and feeling good. They seek a coach when they need to change something, even if they’re not sure what that ‘something’ might be. It might be their diet, their career, their work-life balance or their sense of disconnection from their life goals – whatever it is, a coach’s role is to facilitate healthy change that connects an unsatisfactory present with a more gratifying future. How the coach facilitates this change varies according to the unique needs of the programme, but clients often have a skewed impression of what role the coach will play.

Sep 2018

5 min 39 sec

Happiness is a powerful emotion. It has been associated with having a healthier heart, a stronger immune system and a longer life. But the main reason we’re attracted to it is because it feels so good. That’s the reason it is the final objective of almost the entire bookshelf of the self-help industry: stronger relationships, more money, greater sense of purpose, higher success, a more desirable job – in one way or another these make us feel happy, at least for a period of time. It is also the reason that the self-help industry is worth more than $11 billion a year in the US alone, and the global depression drug market is poised to surge to $16.80 billion by 2020. Everyone is after the happy kick, whether they find it in a book, a podcast or a pill.

Sep 2018

6 min 13 sec

Human beings are hardwired for empathy. Mirror neurons in our brain are programmed to mimic the experiences of those around us, so that we literally feel what they feel. The brainstem, origin of the fight or flight response, is always scanning the environment for information about potential threats or danger. Much of this data is absorbed unconsciously from the reactions and expressions of those around us. The brainstem also houses the nuclei for facial expressions and tone of voice, involuntarily broadcasting the way we feel even if we are trying to hide our emotions. This potential sensitivity to others and what they are going through has a strong value in nature – generally the more integrated and connected a group is the higher its chances of survival.

Sep 2018

6 min 29 sec

Only 18 years into the 21st Century and already phrases like, ‘the world is challenging’ or ‘life is complicated’ have become platitudes. Yes, people have probably held these opinions for millennia, but in the last few decades the complexity of modern living has become considerably more visceral and easy to recognize. Things are literally changing at an exponential rate – another platitude – but acknowledging that is not going to change very much. What is most relevant in an age of runaway change is not the change itself, but how we choose to respond to it. And I use the word ‘choose’ intentionally. Every day I speak to people who feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the world’s – and their own personal – challenges: people who seem one Monday away from throwing their hands in the air and cashing out to live in a hut on a mountain top. But I also meet people who seem to be leaning into all of this chaos and disorder as if it somehow feeds them. What’s different about them? Is it their genetics, their personal history, their spirituality or their work? Of course, it is partially every one of these factors and more, but what underlies them all is a mindset.

Aug 2018

6 min 38 sec