Coaching is a confidential learning experience that is customized for specific client needs. The coach supports and challenges the client while maintaining focus on progress toward meeting established goals. Team Coaching is different from executive or career coaching in that it is done with a group of people who work together, with defined group objectives.
As my blog and newsletter readers know, I read and enjoy a lot of books each year! I am always looking to learn new skills and ways to keep growing my business, Sarah Scala Consulting. Here are my 5 favorite books on positive psychology. These are excellent reads for Coaches, HR leaders, CEOs and Business Managers - anyone who works with people, really.
Wouldn't it be great if we could send people to a training workshop and have them finish with all the skills and knowledge that they need on the job? That rarely happens with a training course on its own. Retention of learning is optimized and increased when there are support tools and resources in place.
Situational Leadership II® (SLII®) is the "most widely taught leadership model in the world. SLII creates a shared process, language, and model for building leadership across all levels of an organization." - Ken Blanchard Companies. SLII is a proven, time-tested model that has been used to train over 5 million leaders in the world’s top organizations.
With over 20 years of experience designing and facilitating experiential learning programs, Sarah Scala Consulting has been brought in to work with clients in multiple industries and countries. Research shows that learning is most strongly retained when people are actively engaged in it (Dale, 1946).
According to Carol Dweck, psychologist and researcher at Stanford University, and author of Mindsets: The New Psychology of Success, people with a growth mindset believe that talents and skills can be developed. This mindset builds resilience and optimism. Folks with a strong growth mindset look at people as if they can be developed. They also stick with things and have good ways to cope and thrive. Folks with a growth mindset tend to have better business results because they're willing to overcome weaknesses and obstacles. Especially during times of transition, these folks tend to achieve more.
More and more articles and publications are referencing Mindsets and how they impact business performance. Carol Dweck, Stanford University Professor, is credited with the research on mindsets. In her book, Mindsets: The New Psychology of Success, she shares her findings about how are mindsets can have a strong impact on our business results.
Recently I was hired to do a video interview on Creativity and Innovation for Teams with MindEdge, a Boston-based online corporate learning company. As I prepared for the interview, I reflected on where I have achieved success with my clients and past employers when it comes to creativity and innovation.
I recently led a workshop on Neuro Coaching and Behavior Change within your Organization for the CentralMassachusetts Association for Talent Development (ATD) at Clark University. Participation was strong, with great discussion and questions about using compassion and compliance coaching approaches in their organizations.
I read a lot about Coaching and Behavior Change books as an ICF Certified Executive Coach to keep my skills and approach sharp. Whether you are a long-time practicing Coach or simply want to develop coaching skills as a leader of people or HR professional, I highly recommend the follow books.
Ten years ago I read the book Smart Women Finish Rich, by David Bach. He has a revised version coming out on September 18, 2018. Ideas presented in the book are appropriate for both men and women. Initially I picked up this book to learn about finances and money in my 20’s; however, I used concepts from the book to design a spreadsheet template for setting goals and planning how I want to live my life, professionally and personally.
With it being back to school season, it is a great time of the year to look at your own development plan! As a lifelong learner, professional in the Learning and coaching fields, and an entrepreneur, I have found it to be critical to invest both time and money into my continued development and learning. When it comes to keeping engaged and your skills sharp, finding ways to think about what and how you want to learn next is important. Each New Year's Day I write myself a personal development plan.
When I moved back to New England from the Midwest in 2011, I quickly noticed that one resource missing was a professional association to build connections and learn from those in my field of Organization Development and Learning. Having spent almost a decade in Wisconsin, I was a member of a few professional associations. Learning and connections with these groups were pivotal in helping me to find new positions, learn new approaches, and really feel like I had a community!
When clients request career coaching, I often start by asking them about their connections. Some people have a well-developed network through their company, friends, professional associations, community service, Boards of Directors, sports, or hobbies. Other people have not spent much time developing these networks. A lot of people hate networking, so instead I position it as connecting: a way to build real relationships and friendships, that in time will grow stronger. Currently, most jobs in the U.S. are gained by referrals - who you know. Referrals for jobs are one of the most common ways companies find potential candidates to fill positions.
LinkedIn is the professional social media platform connecting people and organizations. Having a professional profile on LinkedIn is a great step if you are searching for a job. Once recruiters become aware of a potential candidate, the first place they go to learn more is on LinkedIn.
Career coaching is a resource that people can use throughout the chapters of their professional life. Whether you are looking for your very first job or are a CEO looking to retire and start that next chapter in your life, my clients have received a lot of value from career and transition coaching.
When starting out, entrepreneurs often feel like they absolutely need to have a website to start a business. My company did not have a website for the first 3 years, Clients simply wrote recommendations on my LinkedIn profile.
Since re-branding my company, Sarah Scala Consulting, a few months ago, I realized that I am using a lot of technology and systems to support the business! I began to feel overwhelmed with managing the day-to-day operations and all the marketing systems. Through conversations with my SCORE mentors, a spreadsheet was created showing the current-state and future-state of the systems. This analysis also included the frequency of use.
Can you give me some tips on starting a small business? I am asked this question weekly from people who are curious about entrepreneurship. Some have a defined business strategy, and are simply looking for tips.
With clients in 9 US States and 4 countries, I travel some of the time. Striving for continuous learning, I often listen to podcasts and audio books, and watch vlogs that provide solutions, strategies, and motivation for running my small business, Sarah Scala Consulting. Here are 5 business Podcasts and Vlogs that I am currently listening to and recommend for entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Mentor Programs with some formality can provide great benefits to the organization and its people. I have designed mentor programs to reduce turnover, strengthen cultural immersion for new hires, develop high potential leaders and talent, as well as a development tool in succession planning.
Mentor programs are typically designed through formal or informal means. Informal mentoring can happen throughout various levels within an organization. The benefits of a less formal program are that they are often organic and happen throughout the organization without needed staff resources. They are flexible and can be started or ended easily. If the mentor and mentee are not the right fit, it is simple to stop the guidance. These programs are very simple, and add huge value to the business!
Mentoring is defined as a strategic approach to developing a person by partnering them with a more experienced person to teach, coach, council, sponsor, and encourage. Peer mentor programs are unique in that they often lack structure, defined length, or formal training. I currently have four peer mentors that I rely on to give me feedback and to help me move through challenges, learn, and grow.
FIRO-B stands for Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation - Behavior. The FIRO-B assessment was created in the 1950’s by Will Schulz to predict how members of the military would interact. Learning about needs has been important for intact or cross-function teams because it helps members to understand what each member of the team personally needs. The assessment measures Wanted and Expressed Inclusion, Control, and Affection. It is helpful to be aware of your own needs and the needs of your team members in order to successfully collaborate.
Succession development is a key part of the succession process. Designing a 2-5 year development plan for those who have been identified as high performers with high potential (High potentials (Hi-Po)) has been very helpful for my clients and their organizations.
I look at succession in two stages; succession planning and succession development. This blog will focus on the planning part. Succession planning is a process of identifying current and future leaders of your organization. This is sometimes done using a 9-Box Grid or performance and talent management software. The purpose of succession planning is to ensure that organizations have identified potential future leaders and take a look at what gaps or skills need to be developed to prepare these future leaders to step into a higher or a different level role.
Each year I try to read at least 50 books. It is an optimistic goal, and one that I have met or exceeded for the past 10 years. The following 5 books are my favorites on the topic of Leadership Development. Some are older classics and others are fairly new. What books do you always turn to or recommend on the topic of leadership? Leave a comment below to share.
Learning about coaching and how it impacts the brain fascinates me! I studied and completed research during the past few years to better understand different approaches to coaching and how they may impact my clients neurologically. I am not a neurologist, and the simple idea that coaching can produce results visible on a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is awesome!