Be a CHANGEMASTER: 12 Coaching Strategies for Leading Professional and Personal Change

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Corwin Press, Feb 6, 2012 - Education - 187 pages
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How to use coaching strategies to lead change in any organizationBe a CHANGEMASTER is a practical guide for school and district leaders that provides 12 strategies for overcoming resistance to change. Unlike more theoretical books, this text shows how to adopt a coaching style of leadership as a systemic change strategy. Numerous examples demonstrate how the strategies used in this book have led to transformational change. These success stories are drawn from the work of professionally certified coaches. Components includeChallenging assumptions to prevent them from becoming reality Developing a higher purpose to foster happiness and ensure a positive legacyConfronting negativity by reframing and cultivating optimismGathering a group to aggregate energy, creativity, and encouragementUsing imagery and visualization techniques to improve performanceFocusing on the future to overcome the errors of the past and challenges of the presentCoaching is the proven change process, and leaders everywhere need to master the skills and strategies coaches use to transform their organizations efficiently and effectively. This book helps turn executives, managers, and team leaders into motivators and their organizations into winners.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
The InsideOut Approach
2
A Coaching Approach
5
What Comprises a Coaching Style of Leadership?
6
The Challenge of Change
8
Become a CHANGEMASTER
9
CHALLENGE ASSUMPTIONS
10
Challenge Those Assumptions
13
Choosing Courageous Actions
89
Maintaining Organization Momentum
90
Summary
91
ASK HOW CAN I?
92
Become a Possibility Thinker
94
How to Develop a Possibility Thinking MindSet
96
Tips for Success
100
SEE SUCCESS SMILING
101

How Assumptions Hold Us Back
15
Assumptions Become Reality
16
Change Your Thoughts at Any Time
18
How to Challenge and Banish Assumptions
19
Tips for Success
20
Summary
21
HAVE A HIGHER PURPOSE
22
Why Purpose and Happiness Matter
24
What Is Your Mission?
27
Its Not About the Soap
28
What Legacy Will You Leave Behind?
30
Finding Meaning in Work and Life
31
Leading Yourself and Others to Discover Their Higher Purpose
32
Creating a Personal Mission Statement
33
A Word About Courage
35
Tips for Success
36
AWARENESS OF LIMITING THOUGHTS
37
What Are Limiting Thoughts?
38
Managing Limiting Thoughts and Beliefs
41
The Power of Choice
42
How to Change Limiting Thoughts to Expanding Thoughts
43
Notice the Frequency
45
Repeat Often
46
Direct Your Brain to Change
47
Tips for Success
49
NIX THE NEGATIVES AND NAYSAYERS
50
Be Wary of Your Words
51
How We Connect
52
Confronting Negatives and Naysayers
53
Be a Better Listener
54
Practical Ways to Nix the Negatives
57
A Powerful Skill
58
When People Wont Budge
59
Tips for Success
61
GATHER A GROUP
62
Why Gather a Group?
63
An Inspiring Example
64
Asking for Help
66
How to Ask for Help
67
How to Coach Groups
68
Two Group Coaching Models
69
Many People Different Goals
70
Successful Group Coaching
71
Tips for Success
72
EMOTIONALLY CONNECT TO THE GOAL
73
How to Create an Emotional Connection to Your Goal
76
Become More Comfortable With Emotions
77
Name Those Emotions
78
The Mind Body and Goal Connection
79
Tips for Success
81
MAINTAIN MOMENTUM
82
Coaching to Action
86
Resistance Ahead
87
Shifting From Discussion to Action
88
What the Research Says
103
Imagery and Visualization Techniques
104
Peak Performance Strategies
105
How and Why Visualization Is Effective
106
A Success Story
107
The Science Behind Imagery
108
Why Smile?
110
Why Seeing Success Smiling Works
111
TURN TALK TO THE FUTURE
113
The Future Is Now
115
Coach Approach
116
Attributes of a FutureFocused Leader
117
SelfTalk and Group Talk
118
Rationale
119
Turning SelfTalk to the Future
121
Tips for Success
123
EXPECT AND WELCOME DISCOMFORT
124
A Personal Example
125
Why Discomfort Is Good
129
Taking Charge of Discomfort
131
Managing Fear
133
Tips for Success
136
REMAIN RELENTLESSLY FOCUSED
137
Narrow the Focus
138
Meditation Helps Focus
139
Focus Is In
141
Saying No
143
Letting Go
144
Pay Attention to Your Attention
145
Tips for Success
147
CONCLUSION
148
Underlying Coaching Concepts
149
CHANGEMASTER TOOLS
151
Challenging Assumptions Tool
152
My Joyfinder
154
A Starter Set of Questions
155
Creating a Personal Mission Statement
157
Examining Limiting Thoughts Tool
158
A to Z Uplifting Words
159
Noticing the Negatives
160
Gather Your Group Tool
161
Emotionally Connect to Your Goal Tool 1
163
Words That Evoke Positive Emotions
164
Maintain Momentum Tool
165
Ask How Can I? Becoming a Possibility Thinker Tool
167
See Success Smiling Tool
170
Turn Talk to the Future Tool
171
Expect and Welcome Discomfort Tool
172
Remain Relentlessly Focused Tool
174
Be a CHANGEMASTER Tool
175
REFERENCES
178
INDEX
181
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Karla Reiss is the award winning author of Leadership Coaching for Educators: Bringing Out the Best in School Administrators. She founded The Change Place, LLC in 2004, a coaching and consulting firm dedicated to the continuous improvement of individuals, teams and organizations after 30 years in education, publishing and sales. She and her team of certified coaches offer several levels of coaching training programs to leaders of school systems, government and non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals who wish to learn a coaching style of leadership. As a school administrator, Reiss worked with more thanm 50 school districts in a variety of school improvement roles, the majority as coordinator of professional development at Western Suffolk (NY) Board of Cooperative Education Services.

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