2016 ICF Global Coaching Study Results

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The 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study, based on a survey commissioned by ICF and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, uses information and insights from more than 15,000 professional coach practitioners and managers and leaders who use coaching skills to provide an up-to-date picture of coaching today. The results below give you a completely accurate snap shot into the Coaching profession in Australia.

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Who Else Wants To Have More Eureka Moments?

Eureka moments feel so good. Isn’t it awesome when you’re about to give up hope of being able to solve a thorny dilemma, and then you experience a flash of insight that clarifies everything?

While these events may seem beyond your control, scientific studies suggest otherwise. You can train yourself to enjoy more breakthroughs. These tips will help you find the answers you’ve been searching for.

Preparing for Eureka Moments

1. Study hard. While eureka moments seem sudden, they’re often based on years of work. The more you learn, the easier it is to make connections between different facts.

2. Switch tasks. Studies have proven what many creative people have suspected. Switching your attention to another task can help you make progress with your original project, even when you’re feeling stumped.

3. Do something mundane. For strategic breaks, activities that require relatively little thought tend to work best. Try taking a shower or mopping the kitchen floor. Translating Russian poetry is likely to absorb all your mental powers.

4. Pause briefly. A short break is usually enough to help you move forward. On those days when you’re unable to leave the office, gaze out the window or walk to the mailroom.

5. Relax your mind. Looming deadlines and information overload can inhibit creativity. Clear your mind of distractions. Shut off your phone and put down your laptop. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.

6. Adopt a fresh perspective. Functional fixity is a term psychologists use to describe why it’s difficult to see anything except the familiar uses of an object. When you’re at an impasse, challenge yourself to take a new approach. Imagine how you would travel to work if your usual route was blocked.

7. Daydream often. Let your mind wander. That’s when you come up with innovative solutions. Letting your imagination run free makes you more productive.

8. Move around. Physical activity loosens up your mind and body. Climb the stairs or stand up and do a few stretches by your desk.

9. Head outdoors. Contemplating nature reduces stress and raises awareness. Take a walk around the block or visit your local park.

10. Slow down. Most of all, schedule some down time each day. You’ll achieve more when you create opportunities for thoughts to incubate in your subconscious mind.

More Helpful Ideas About Eureka Moments

1. Consider yourself an artist. Eureka moments are often associated with famous painters and scientists, but they’re available to us all. Creativity is a process that you can apply to anything from housework to jogging.

2. Write your ideas down. Hold onto your amazing discoveries. Jot down your thoughts before other events push them out of your head.

3. Give yourself credit. Remember that “aha” moments are something you create through your own efforts. You can manufacture more of them.

4. Look closer. The most meaningful experiences may give you a better understanding of your relationships and purpose in life. Meditation and prayer can deepen your understanding and appreciation of your loved ones and values.

5. Share your breakthroughs. Help others benefit from your eureka moments. Most individuals share the same basic concerns, like wanting to feel connected or save money. Your neighbors may be thrilled to find out how you got rid of your crab grass. Your friends may be intrigued by how you persuaded your children to eat their vegetables.

Eureka moments come in handy whether you’re trying to remember the name of your third grade teacher or find the error in a calculus proof. Taking a break and letting your subconscious do the work may be the most effective way to resolve a tough question.

When Less is More: A Guide to Knowing When to Self-Promote

There’s a time and place for everything. And it’s important to understand when the time is appropriate for those things you set out to do in life. The same can be said for knowing when to self-promote.

Self-promotion really means “selling” your strengths and abilities to whomever you want to listen. Certainly, there are times when painting a perfect picture of yourself gets you the desired outcome. But there are other times when it’s just unsuitable and unattractive.

Review a few instances when self-promotion is a good idea:

1. During a job interview. When interviewing for a job, selling yourself as the ideal candidate is a great idea. This is especially true if your qualifications are less than desirable!

* Before the interview, make a mental note of your strongest assets and highlight them.

* While giving the potential employer a look at your attributes, avoid being boastful and self-centered. Display confidence and stay poised during a job interview.

2. When seeking clients. Your clients want to know that they’re choosing to work with somebody who knows how to handle their business. This is the message you’ll want to send by self-promoting.

* Be sure to use examples of your work as part of your pitch. If you’ve provided exemplary service to similar clients, that’s something good to share.

* Avoid letting the client feel like they need you. While you talk about your achievements, let customers know how great it would be to serve them. They’ll appreciate feeling important!

3. As you’re choosing a work team. If you end up in the position where you’re able to choose your own work team, sell the positives of working with you. Let others know that joining your team brings wonderful experiences and great rewards.

* What you bring to the table is only part of the equation. Take some time to listen to everyone’s ideas. Others like to feel included.

* Spend more time talking about what you can do together as a team.

Now take a look at some scenarios when talking too much about yourself can seem self-centered:

1. When giving a reference. When someone asks you to give a reference on their behalf, it’s all about them. This definitely isn’t a time to talk about your ability to identify people’s good characteristics.

* It’s okay to talk about how long you’ve known the individual you’re speaking about. But it’s inappropriate to mention how you helped shape them.

2. As part of a successful team effort. Working as part of a winning team means each party shares in the victory. Even if you feel you’ve put in more work, it’s unwise to say so in search of greater recognition.

* The easiest way to lose respect of others is to gloat about your input in a team effort. Others tend to dislike those who are too boastful.

3. When being reprimanded. If your employer reprimands you for an action, it’s likely because it’s inappropriate or unacceptable. Your strong points carry no weight in such situations.

* If your employer recognizes an unacceptable performance, chances are they’ll notice a great performance, too. You’ll be commended soon enough.

As you’ve seen from these examples, there are times when saying less has a greater impact. Be wise about your assessment of appropriateness when it comes to self-promotion. Remember that it’s important to create a balance with those you co-exist with.

What Mary Poppins Taught Me About Time Management

Whether you’re raising children or flying jumbo jets, there’s a lot you can learn about time management from Mary Poppins. Mary set the gold standard for efficiency long before nannies began starring in reality TV shows.

Take a look at what you can achieve when you’re organized, kind, and firm.

Mary Poppins’ Techniques to Copy

1. Hire carefully. The Banks’ family went through 6 nannies in 4 months before Mary Poppins arrived. Save time by focusing on work that matches your skills. If you’re good with numbers, handle the family finances while your spouse does the cooking.

2. Spoon out the sugar. Like the song suggests, a little sugar makes it easier to swallow your medicine. Focus on the fun aspects of any task. You’ll enjoy strategizing when you turn a job into a game. Motivate yourself with a reward.

3. Sing and dance. Speaking of fun, music makes time fly, even when you’re doing something tedious. Design an invigorating playlist you can listen to while you clean the bathroom.

4. Start out strong. Mary likes to say, “Well begun is half done.” Create early momentum with small victories that drive you to keep trying.

5. Clean your room. How can you polish off your to-do list if you’re tripping over toys on the nursery floor? Neat surroundings encourage productivity. Clear the papers off your desk and organize your kitchen cabinets.

6. Resist hurrying. Mary wins a horse race by riding her merry-go-round steed at a steady pace, and politely asking the other jockeys to let her pass. Rushing causes stress and errors. Take a break and slow down when pressure is building up.

7. Go to bed. You’ll function better during your waking hours when you consistently enjoy a full night’s sleep. Stick to the same bedtime, even on weekends and holidays.

8. Be flexible. Although she set out to buy fish, Mary adjusts her plans immediately when she finds out that a fit of laughter has trapped her uncle on the ceiling. Be prepared to change your schedule when your loved ones need you.

9. Walk briskly. Mary covers more ground in less time thanks to her confident stride. Straighten your back, swing your arms, and hold your head up. Good posture will keep you alert and energized.

10. Move on. As much as Mary loves the Banks family, she knows that her mission is to train them to get along on their own. Once she restores harmony, she moves on to her next job.

Mary Poppins’ Techniques to Avoid

1. Practice humility. Mary is fond of saying that she is practically perfect in every way. Most of us need to allocate our resources so we can reserve our strongest efforts for top priorities.

2. Bring the appropriate tools. When Mary needs a floor lamp, she reaches into her bottomless carpet bag. In the real world, it pays to think ahead so you’ll have all the equipment handy for tackling any job.

3. Climb the stairs. Mary reaches her destinations quickly by sliding up and down banisters. You’ll be better off without resorting to risky shortcuts.

4. Share your reasoning. With all her special talents, Mary sails through life refusing to give references or explanations. You’re likely to enlist more cooperation when you discuss information with your colleagues, friends, and family.

Let Mary Poppins serve as your inspiration. Skillful time management works like magic. You’ll accomplish more personally and professionally.

What Frozen Taught Me about Love, Sisterhood, and Snowmen

The whole world has gone a little ice crazy over Frozen, another hit movie from Disney. It’s full of princesses, trolls, and appreciation for the bond between sisters.

Anna and Elsa are the sisters driven apart by Elsa’s magical powers. She’s like Midas, except she turns things to ice rather than gold. In fact, she plunged the whole kingdom of Arendelle into eternal winter. When Anna comes to Elsa’s rescue, it proves the power of love. Consider these lessons from Anna, Elsa, and their friends.

Lessons on Love and Sisterhood from Frozen

1. Face your feelings. Anna and Elsa’s parents meant well, but they started trouble when they urged Elsa to hide her powers and stop feeling. The first step in managing your emotions is to examine them.

2. Talk about conflicts. Anna felt hurt when her parents removed Elsa from her life with no explanation. Relationships thrive on direct communication.

3. Let go of fears. When Elsa accepts herself, she starts to feel free even while she’s still deep in permafrost. Tackling challenges head on helps us to conquer anxiety. Our actions teach us that we’re strong enough to survive and flourish.

4. Reveal your secrets. Keeping secrets uses up a lot of energy, and makes you feel uneasy. Practice disclosing information as appropriate to create more intimacy and peace of mind.

5. Surround yourself with family and friends. After years of isolation, Anna winds up being a little too excited about Elsa’s coronation. Build time in your schedule for connecting with your loved ones on a regular basis.

6. Pace your relationships. Loneliness also caused Anna to become engaged on the same day she met a flashy prince. Taking a gradual approach will make your romances more stable.

7. Consult a love expert. Arendelle is blessed with a giant supply of wise and helpful trolls. Think about whom you can turn to when you need encouragement and advice. Role models help us spot the skills we want to work on.

8. Appreciate fixer-uppers. As the trolls point out, we are all fixer-uppers. Give yourself and others the chance to change and grow.

9. Rely on acts of true love. When we put the needs of others first, we can overcome any setback. Maybe you’ll need to battle an evil prince trying to usurp the throne, or just stay up an hour late to comfort a friend going through a recent breakup.

10. Look on the bright side. Turn adversity around. In the end, Elsa learns to use her powers for good. Rather than freezing people, she creates ice sculptures and skating rinks.

Lessons from Olaf the Snowman

1. Hug your friends. Judging from most reviews, Olaf the Snowman is the character that people love most. He wants everyone to know that he’s a big fan of warm hugs and funny songs. A cheerful attitude will draw people to you too.

2. Express gratitude for any gift. Olaf is delighted when Anna makes him a small nose. He’s equally happy when his nose is made longer. He doesn’t even mind when Sven the reindeer wants to take a bite. If you look for something to like in any situation, you’ll find a way to be content.

3. Take risks. Olaf raves about summer, even though he’s unsure what it means. While everyone else thinks that he would melt, Olaf manages to enjoy the sun because he dares to go after what he wants.

Develop the courage of Anna and the optimism of Olaf. Instead of giving someone the cold shoulder, warm up your heart and relationships with true love.

Unsure About Your Career Choice? 3 Ways to Know You’re on the Right Track

Deciding on a career can sometimes be difficult. After spending a few years studying in a particular field, one would think that your career choice is obvious. Sometimes, though, uncertainty looms because you aren’t fully connected to the field.

Have you chosen a certain career direction because your parents want you to do it? Keep in mind that your ideal career should be something that still gives you joy ten years down the line.

Use this guide to figure out if you’re on the right career path:

1. You have an innate skill set. Some individuals are just more naturally aligned with certain careers than others. Is that the case with you and your career choice?

* Think back to your childhood. Is your work related to something that you had a knack for growing up? Did related activities interest you? If yes, you’re probably on the right track.

* How easy is it for you to understand the field’s complex concepts? If you find yourself breezing through things that others find difficult, you likely have the natural ability for it.

* Do you feel “at home” finding solutions to challenges in your field? If so, it likely means that you’re doing what you’re meant to be doing.

2. Your eyes light up when working. On the flip side of having natural abilities is the concept of being passionate. You’re probably good at many things, but which ones are you passionate about?

* If your eyes light up, it represents excitement about doing something that aligns with your soul. You can put it right up there with sharing special moments with beloved family members.

* Are there times when hours pass by without you even realizing it? Being so engrossed in your work that very little else matters usually means that you love what you’re doing!

* Once you find yourself talking about your career to family, friends, and even strangers, you’re likely in the career of your dreams! Is your career constantly on the forefront of your mind?

3. Your earning power is irrelevant. Careers that cater to the passionate side are usually fulfilling all on their own. There’s a pride you get from producing something good, regardless of what your paycheck looks like.

* When you’re doing something you love, you spend your time ensuring you do it well. The financial benefit that comes along with work is important, but it’s definitely secondary to doing something you love!

* Have you ever found that bonuses on the job feel less exciting to you than to your co-workers? It’s probably because the income plays second fiddle in your life.

* Strangely enough, working in a fulfilling career negates the desire to seek material fulfillment elsewhere. You may even find that your earnings pile up because you really don’t have the desire to spend it!

The formula for assessing career suitability is really easy. For the most part, it just requires a little introspection. Give thought to what matters most to you. If, after defining those things, your career comes out on top, you’re on the right track.

Take the time to listen to your heart as you choose your life’s work. Be thoughtful when it comes to determining your ideal career path.

The Truth About Media Multitasking

If you want to hold onto your brain cells, you may need to change your media habits. Focusing on one task at a time is good for your health.

That’s the lesson from a recent university study that found that using multiple devices at once was linked to a loss of brain tissue. Previous studies have found that chronic multitasking can weaken your attention span, memory, emotional intelligence, and social skills.

Protect your grey matter by doing less and accomplishing more. Try these tips for becoming more single-minded.

Resist Media Multitasking

Ironically, multitasking feels good in the short term. It’s stimulating and satisfying to cross multiple items off your to do list. You may need some support to help change your habits.

Try these strategies to break the media chains that bind you:

1. Understand how your brain works. Media multitasking is problematic because you’re doing complex tasks that draw on the same resources. For example, it’s better to avoid talking with your child’s teacher and reading the financial pages at the same time because both require your full attention.

2. Shut off your phone. Remove the temptation to check your messages. Power off your phone, tablet, and other devices for a few hours a day.

3. Post your hours. Maybe you’re concerned that others expect you to be accessible throughout the day. Let them know in advance when they can reach you and when you’ll be offline.

4. Schedule breaks. You’re more likely to multitask when you’re losing interest in something. Take a 10 minute breather each hour to avoid the temptation to multitask.

5. Do a status check. Catch yourself when you’re researching medical symptoms and editing a marketing proposal at the same time. Slow down. Switch to doing one thing at a time.

6. Alternate between activities. You can still juggle multiple responsibilities and pastimes. Arrange your workday so that you update your database or clean up your files in between calling clients. If you’ve been cleaning the garage all morning, take a walk before you tackle the basement.

7. Think long term. You’ll avoid multitasking when you keep the long term consequences in mind. Imagine how much you’ll enjoy thinking more clearly and having increased energy.

Maximize Learning

Multitasking is especially detrimental when it comes to learning. Students who text during class gain less knowledge and have more difficulty applying the information they do remember.

If you or your kids are trying to spice up a boring lesson, try these alternatives instead of checking your Facebook page:

1. Set goals. It’s easier to stay engaged when you clarify your purpose. Consider how that career training session could help you to attain a promotion or raise.

2. Play games. Turn any activity into a contest, even if you’re competing with just yourself. If you’re studying a foreign language, use a crossword generator to transform your vocabulary drills into interesting puzzles.

3. Form a circle. Reach out to others who are trying to learn the same information and skills. Invite a co-worker to join you as you practice using an updated software program.

4. Experiment with different approaches. Keep up with the latest research on learning strategies to see what works for you. You may find it easier to study in silence while your best friend thrives on background noise.

Putting down your phone and closing a few browser windows can make you happier and more productive. Ask yourself what’s most important at that moment. Then, give that task your full attention.

The Top 5 Ways to Nurture a Healthy Body Image

In an age where the media paints warped pictures about body image, it can be difficult to be accepting of yourself. You look at what they call beautiful and compare it to your look. Often times, you end up developing an unhealthy body image.

Today’s the day to put aside what someone else calls beautiful. Your body is precious and unique. Its uniqueness alone is enough to be considered beautiful.

Adopt these practices and begin to nurture a healthy body image:

1. Embrace your strengths. Instead of focusing on how your body looks, focus on what your body can do!

* Remember your body includes your mind, heart, and soul.

* You’re a brilliant human being. Embrace your ability to be successful in a career.

* You have a very kind heart. It’s the kind of heart that makes others around you happy. Making them happy causes them to want to be around you. If that’s not beautiful, what is?

2. Become a role model. Those who are less fortunate than you are probably looking for a role model with a strong self-image. Why not be that role model for them?

* Keep your eyes open in your community. There’s likely someone whose confidence is waning because things aren’t working out. Share your heart and soul with that person.

* You’ll soon realize that focusing on the inner being instead of the outer being is more fulfilling. Allow your inner being to bring beauty and light into the world.

3. Read motivational content. Sure, there will be days when you feel a little down in the dumps. Sometimes all it takes to get back up is someone else’s encouraging words.

* Look online for motivational speakers you can relate to. Listen to their stories and experiences. How many of them are similar to yours? Take time to understand how others get through similar situations. That’s a great way to build encouragement.

* Sometimes motivation can come from the least expected sources. You could run into someone who is less fortunate than you, but is happy to be living in their own skin.

4. Maintain healthy relationships. The people you spend your time with help to mold the image you have of yourself. Choose to be around others who encourage you to love yourself just the way you are.

* Family and true friends are beacons of light. They love you unconditionally and see past your exterior. They see beauty in you that you perhaps overlooked.

* Spend time with people who enjoy giving compliments. Those people help to build your confidence and show you that you’re truly loveable.

5. Reward yourself for success. Taking this route eventually allows you to develop self-acceptance. Once you realize that very little of your potential is tied to what your body looks like, you’ll start to celebrate your entire being.

* When you achieve something great, go out and celebrate. It important because it cements in your mind that having a particular physical appearance doesn’t hinder success.

Taking care of yourself means nurturing a healthy body image, inside and out. Reaffirm your positive traits each day until you really believe them. Everybody else does, and they’re waiting for you to catch up!

The Temporary Employee’s Solution to Feeling Like Part of the Team

Given the rise in temporary and contingent work in recent years, many people are trying to find job satisfaction and develop career prospects in these new arrangements. How can you get up to speed quickly and collaborate with the permanent staff members who already know each other?

Try these tips for becoming part of the team when you’re doing temporary work.

Strategies to Use When You’re Choosing a Temporary Assignment

If you have more than one option for where to temp, you may want to pick an employer who welcomes contingent employees on board. Look for these positive signs.

1. Attend an orientation. If you’re lucky, your short term employer will greet you with all the information and resources you’ll need. That may include a briefing on the corporate culture and mission, as well as logistics like parking policies and directions to the nearest coffee shop.

2. Clarify your responsibilities. The temp agency will probably brief you on the general requirements while your workplace supervisor fills in more details. Ensure that your background is a match for the position.

3. Receive training. Even if you’ll only be around for a short time, you may require training on office procedures or equipment. Enjoy the chance to learn while you get paid. You can take these skills to your next position.

4. Introduce yourself. Your supervisor may introduce you to others. Rehearse a brief pitch that makes you sound intriguing.

5. Welcome feedback. Input from the staff can enhance your performance, regardless of how long you spend together. Thank them for their comments and make any necessary adjustments.

Strategies to Use When You’re on a Temporary Assignment

Wherever you’re working, you can reach out to others and make yourself valuable. Taking initiative will help you stand out.

1. Ask questions. Everyone benefits when you gather all the information you need to do your job. Speak up if you’re unsure of anything.

2. Take on additional responsibilities. If you finish your tasks faster than expected, volunteer for additional duties. Your supervisor may be delighted to find out that you can code or proofread.

3. Offer assistance. Reassure your coworkers that you’re there to make their life easier. Be enthusiastic about helping out.

4. Be flexible. Anything can happen when you are on a temporary assignment. A positive attitude will allow you to thrive under any conditions. You may discover that the employer wants you to place lunch orders even though the agency said you would be updating the data base. Report serious issues to the agency. Otherwise, go with the flow.

5. Look busy. Sometimes clients hire a temp without having work prepared for them. If all else fails, help out in any way possible. You’ll look more professional if others see you reading the company’s telephone system manual or the annual report from last year, rather than playing computer games or surfing Facebook.

6. Keep your agency updated. Check in with the temp agency regularly to increase your chances of getting assignments. They’ll feel like they can trust you because you show them that you understand the importance of keeping clients happy.

7. Find support. The trend towards temporary work often involves less income and job security. Take care of yourself with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management techniques. Self-care and developing close ties will help you through challenging times.

Temporary work can have some advantages. Temping may lead to a permanent position or strengthen your skills so you can move on to bigger and better things.

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