Category: Business

coach imposter syndrome

Identifying and overcoming the challenges presented by the Imposter Syndrome

The Imposter Syndrome, the persistent feeling of inadequacy despite evident success, is a common challenge among coachees as well as coaches. This psychological pattern leads individuals to doubt their abilities and fear being exposed as a “fraud,” even when they are highly competent and accomplished.

The Imposter syndrome often manifests through:
Setting extremely high standards and feeling inadequate when these standards are not met.

Attribution of Success to External Factors
Believing success is due to luck or other external factors rather than one’s own abilities.

Fear of Failure
Avoiding challenges due to the fear of being exposed as incompetent.

Downplaying Accomplishments
Dismissing praise and undervaluing one’s achievements.

It’s interesting to observe how Coaches, whether in the context of executive, career, life, or performance coaching, play a pivotal role in addressing and balancing the effects of imposter syndrome.

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resilience VS neuroscience

Resilience and neuroscience…What do they have in common?

Resilience is one of the latest buzzwords. But what exactly are we talking about? 

What is resilience?
Resilience is a psychological phenomenon in which an individual affected by trauma (difficult or stressful situations) acknowledges the traumatic event and adapts by overcoming the obstacles to recover better and bounce back. Hence, the individual can rebuild his or her life in a way that is socially acceptable to him or herself and to others.

Research also shows that resilience is linked to what neuroscientists call cerebral plasticity or neuroplasticity: the brain’s ability to reorganise and remodel itself in response to changes in the environment. This cerebral plasticity can itself be stimulated by regular training and the repetition of new behaviours. Neuroscience therefore helps us to better understand the underlying mechanisms of resilience by examining how the brain processes and regulates stress and emotion.

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I am great and greatful

I am great !

A couple of years ago, I had a coaching session that ended up being deeply moving for us both. We were meeting for the second time. The coachee started out by chattering about a number of things that seemed unrelated to any goal, and I found myself getting impatient. After a few minutes, I interrupted and said something like :  
« I am still not clear about what you would like to get out of this conversation. We don’t have many sessions together, and I want to make sure that we have a discussion today that you consider very, very important. How can we do that ?»

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Vital Questions

Structure your Coaching with the Vital Questions Framework

The Vital Questions Framework is a simple, clear but extremely powerful means of structuring coaching sessions. It consists of a two by two matrix which looks at the task and the people aspects of any situation and then further divides the areas into those that are external to the person and those that are internal.

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coaching for individuals

Coaching for individuals

To start, Coaching for individuals covers an infinite range of issues, especially as each person is unique in his or her being, experiences and projects.

Recurring themes in coaching requests from individuals: a better work-life balance, developing self-confidence or self-esteem, defining a new life project, resolving a relationship conflict, managing stress better, developing your interpersonal and communication skills, rediscovering motivation.

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tomato, personal brand

Why you should think of your personal brand as an Italian tomato

When we are surrounded by different cultures and experiences, we can gain valuable insights and perspective on our own lives. On a recent trip to the Amalfi coast in Italy, I was struck by the variety and quality of the produce available, especially the tomatoes. This made me think about personal branding and how we can learn from the humble Italian tomato.

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teenagers' parents

Can parents and teenagers avoid communication issue ?

As a coach, you may be confronted with this issue. Your coachees may also be parents who are tired, worried and often powerless to cope with their teenagers’ unhappiness or explosive reactions. It’s your job to encourage them to explore the feelings they are experiencing: the loss of their young child (whom they understood so well), sadness at feeling rejected, anger at no longer being respected, feelings of uselessness or powerlessness, fear of the future…

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The real cause of your procrastination in marketing

Are you an adept of procrastination ? Are you procrastinating on the activities you need to do to bring clients? 
Does procrastination lead to experiencing shame, guilt, and disappointment as a result?

If this is a familiar scenario, you probably regularly beat yourself up for your laziness or lack of willpower and blame yourself for not trying hard enough

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