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We’ll walk you through some light intros and give you space to connect about shared career experiences. You’ll also learn how to use your Ellevate program to continuously make moves towards success at work.
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Neuroscience, Coaching & Conversational Intelligence
As a credentialed coach, it’s important to stay educated on new and improved methodologies that resonate with clients. Recently, I began a 7-month course on Conversational Intelligence, (also known as C-IQ) facilitated by Judith E. Glaser.
The curriculum explores how parts of the brain influence the outcome of conversations. Just two weeks in, I can already tell how valuable this will be for my clients. As a coach, I recognize that if clients are in fight/flight mode, it is very difficult for them to find solutions to any problems. Now I have language and context for why.
Harnessing Your Executive Brain
When we are in flight/flight mode, we are operating from our primitive brain, generating cortisol that shuts down our ability to be creative, strategic and engaged. So where do we want to operate from and how do we get there?
The prefrontal cortex (the area of the third eye) is called the executive brain. If an interaction feels safe, we produce oxytocin, which allows us to relax and create a state of trust. This gives us access to empathy, strategic thinking and innovation. When we are able to operate from this place in the brain, we begin to see opportunities for co-creating solutions together.
[Related: The New Confidence Rules]
Listening to Connect
We move from protecting our own self-interest to creating a “WE-centric” way. The first step is: listen to connect. This is not a concept gaining traction just in the coaching field. There has been research published in Harvard Business Review on the power of connecting first.
In Judith’s words, “Everything happens through conversation. Coaches hold the key for transformation of humanity.”
Helping You Get to the Next Level
As we move through the modules, I will share some key “ah-has” and share in future posts. Stay tuned for more tips to have meaningful conversations that transform leaders and organizations.
[Related: Coaching Myths vs. Reality]
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Vista Global Coaching & Consulting
Mary Stelletello, MA, MBA brings 25 years experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to her coaching and consulting work in the areas of governance, leadership development, strategy development, strategic partnerships, training, facilitation and organizational capacity building. She founded Vista Global Coaching & Consulting in 2010, to align with her values of making a difference in the world. In 2012, Vista Global became the first certified B Corporation in the state of Wisconsin, affirming our... Continue Reading