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The Coach Approach Podcast

Welcome to the Coach Approach Ministries Podcast! Coaching is a skillset and a mindset that helps people find focus, discover options and take action. At CAM, we train the very best Christian coaches in the world, and over the last decade, we've trained well over a fifteen hundred coaches. Through this podcast, we want to share insights from the Coaching Community and help you to develop a broader understanding of coaching. You can find out more about us at www.coachapproachministries.org and sign up for our proven coach training.
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Dec 12, 2019

Brian and Chad discuss ways to get to the heart of the matter in coaching. Too many coaching conversations just scratch the surface of the issue. The topic as well as the person need to explore at a much deeper level in order to create deep awareness, solid accountability, and a helpful learning plan. Brian and Chad give several do's and don'ts.

Dec 5, 2019

Brian interviews Maria Lester, the Credentialing/Program Accreditation Coordinator with the International Coach Federation (ICF). Maria uncovers some of the mysteries of how to gain Continuing Coach Education that works for renewing your credentials with the ICF.

Nov 28, 2019

Everybody has embedded theology. These are beliefs that we have that we aren't sure where it came from or even whether we truly believe it. A coach can bring this theology into our awareness and provide a safe place for us to give our own theology further consideration.

In this episode, Brian is joined by Dr. Kathryn Helleman, Director of Institutional Assessment and Planning and Adjunct in Christian Ethics at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Together they discuss how to coach around embedded theology.

Nov 21, 2019

The High Performance Pattern (HPP) assessment was created by Dr. Jerry Fletcher, a professor at Harvard. Since his death, the HPP has been championed by Coach Approach Ministries.

The HPP honors the fact that everyone can perform at a high level, but the way they get to that level is unique to them. Everyone who has been introduced to this assessment has found it to be profoundly impactful.

Brian and Chad began this talk about the HPP in episode # 177 and conclude their conversation here in episode # 179.

Nov 14, 2019
Brian interviews David Cooke, the director of CCLC (Certified Christian Leadership Coach) for CAM. David recently wrote one of our newest classes, Coaching Spiritual Growth.
 
The Gospel of John, chapter 15, talks about abiding in Christ. This is a description for us of spirituality, which encompasses more than the spirit, but also the body and our emotions. 
 
Here are some bullets of the conversation:
  • Not a formula, but a relationship with Jesus and others - move past individuality - coaching is a good step
  • Exploring discontent (# 6 of 10 stops from Barna's book, Maximum Faith)
  • Discovering the next step of obedience (try to move forward on Barna's scale) 
 
You can contact David at dcooke@ca-ministries.com.
Nov 7, 2019

The High Performance Pattern (HPP) assessment was created by Dr. Jerry Fletcher, a professor at Harvard. Since his death, the HPP has been championed by Coach Approach Ministries.

The HPP honors the fact that everyone can perform at a high level, but the way they get to that level is unique to them. Everyone who has been introduced to this assessment has found it to be profoundly impactful.

Brian and Chad talk about the HPP in this episode and conclude their conversation in podcast # 179.

Oct 31, 2019

Scott Gress is a professional coach who teaches leaders when to ask and when to tell to get great ministry results.

His new book is called A Christian Coaching Guidebook: How to Come Alongside Others for Ministry Results.

You can buy Scott's book at Amazon.com.

Find out how you can hire Scott to coach, speak, or train at http://www.scottgress.com

Oct 24, 2019

The tables are turned this week, as Michael Cheuk, the editor of Christian Coaching Magazine (www.christiancoachingmag.com) interviews Brian on the topic of How Much Do I Charge for Coaching?

Oct 17, 2019

Brian and Chad dig into the ICF competency of Designing Actions and geek out on its focus on learning.

Oct 10, 2019

Brian interviews Rev Debbie Foster, who is a pastor to pastors, and takes a coach approach to EVERYTHING in her ministry.

She makes this bold statement early in the podcast: "I wouldn't still be in ministry today if it weren't for the coach approach to my work."

Here are a few bullet points to the interview:

  • Centering in Trust - establishing intimacy - safe space
  • Transition from technical work to adaptive work - more questions, less answers, physically move out of the spaces we are in. Metaphors, painting pictures, allow failure to inform
  • Holding up the mirror - saying what I hear - asking tough questions
  • Making space for the Holy Spirit
Oct 3, 2019
Brian was reading Tim Hicks book, Embodied Conflict, and came across the term "Maybe Capacity". Hicks writes:
 
We can create a type of understanding that allows for the coexistence of mutually contradictory accounts, what might be called a “maybe capacity,” a looser attachment to hypothesis formation that allows us to be receptive to, and to convey our openness to, each party without fully subscribing to their account or to our own internal responses to their account. 
 
That is kind of a mouthful. Brian and Chad break the "Maybe Capacity" down to a level that every coach can use.
 
Here are some highlights:
  • Get comfortable with not knowing
  • Ask questions that are wide open at the beginning
  • Create a "frame" for the client to design actions 
  • Let the Client assign the meaning and action to the issue (and yet keep them in a maybe capacity)
Sep 26, 2019

Brian interviews Ken Kessler about his role in creating a coaching culture in his denomination.

Ken is the Director of the Coaching Network for the Baptist General Association of Virginia (bgav.org)

They discuss the dynamics of creating a coaching culture. 

Sep 19, 2019

Brian and Chad discuss the easy trap of turning a coaching conversation into an interrogation. Too many questions!

They explore other ways to create a conversation without the overuse of Powerful Questioning.

Sep 12, 2019

Merlin Switzer is the Founder and CEO of Switzer Associates (switzeronleadership.com). He is certified as a PCC coach with the International Coach Federation, and he is our guest today on the Coach Approach Ministries Podcast.

His calling is to coach leaders, especially senior leaders and business owners. He believes that if he can impact a leader, there is a rippling effect throughout the organization. The higher the leader is in an organization, the greater the impact.

Sep 5, 2019
Brian and Chad discuss the "typical twelve" responses to distress. These are responses coaches should avoid.
  1. Advising: I think you should leave the room the second he raises his voice.
  2. One-upping: You think that’s bad? Let me tell you about the rages my husband gets into.
  3. Educating: I can recommend a really good book that describes what happens in the brain when you’ve been traumatized as a child.
  4. Analyzing: It sounds like you have internalized your father’s rages so that your husband’s raised voice triggers that old fear.
  5. Storytelling: Did I ever tell you what I did on my honeymoon when my husband yelled at me?
  6. Minimizing: Well, at least he doesn’t hit you the way your father did.
  7. Sympathizing: I feel frightened when I hear how angry he gets.
  8. Interrogating: How often does he go into one of these rages?
  9. Reassuring: I’m confident that you’ll find a way to resolve this together; the two of you have been through a lot.
  10. Avoiding: Let’s talk about something else, OK? This topic is quite upsetting.
  11. Diagnosing: It sounds like you have some typical codependent personality traits. OR It sounds like he has dysfunctional anger syndrome.
  12. Judging: It sounds like you’ve made a poor choice in a spouse.
Aug 29, 2019

Three types of coaching models are described in this episode, along with clues that might indicate the need for a different model. Also, Chad gives one thing he doesn't like about Abraham Lincoln.

Aug 22, 2019
Brian interviews Brian Tracy on how to lead as a coach. Brian Tracy planted the Evangel Assembly church 24 years ago. He has a multiple staff, including a worship/youth pastor, guest services pastor, children's outreach, office manager, and a part-time assistant children's program. The whole staff is trained in coaching. 
 
Aug 15, 2019

Brian and Chad talk about coaching change, transition, and transformation.

Aug 8, 2019
Brian interviews Linda Miller on How to Give Feedback. Linda has worked for the last 18 years with the Ken Blanchard Companies as their Global Liaison for Coaching. She is one of the founding partners with CAM.
 
How to Give Feedback
  • S - Situation
  • B -Behavior
  • I  - Impact
  • N - Next Steps (Moving forward)
Aug 1, 2019

Brian and Chad discuss four types of coaching practices.

1. Life

2. Leadership

3. Ministry

4. Missional

Jul 25, 2019

Michael Cheuk, editor of Christian Coaching Magazine, christiancoachingmag.com, interviews Scott Eblin about his 3rd edition of The Next Level and the benefits of his Life GPS worksheet. 

You can gain full access to Christian Coaching Magazine by paying $15 per year. Your subscription helps with the cost of the production of the magazine and supporting Michael as he creates a great interview each month.

 

Jul 18, 2019

While standards and boundaries sound boring, this podcast is anything but that!

Standards are personal expectations you have for yourself. Everyone has standards about such things as appearance, mates, vehicles, organization, and so on. Standards can be too high or too low. This can cause conflict.

Boundaries are what we allow other people to do to us or around us. Boundaries have to be expressed and enforced. Not everyone is going to like your boundaries.

Chad and Brian break these down and discuss how they interact.

Jul 11, 2019

Travis Guse is a certified strength coach. Travis talks about how his journey came through strengths and how he uses strengths in his coaching. You can find out more about Travis at www.strengthssolutions.org.

Jul 4, 2019

Chad and Brian take a break from talking about coaching to talking about something they both have in common -- growing up rural and how that shaped their perspective.

Jun 28, 2019

Bob is the Director of Equipping and Spiritual Formation for Ecclesia.

bobhyatt.info or bob.hyatt@ecclesianet.org

“Content-rich” coaching is when you know how to do/have done what the client is doing.

  • For younger leaders suffering from all clarity, no perspective. They aren't aware of what they shouldn't be doing and ought to be doing. 
  • For older leaders with no clarity and all perspective. They see all the trees and it becomes incapacitating. They can't bring it to a focus. 
  • For those with specific questions about ministry. Protect the boundaries of the coaching relationship and step into that place of "tell me what to do." 
 
 
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