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Taking it personally

Gai Foskett knows first-hand how useful it can be to get an outside perspective on a career, a life, and that dream goal. BUSINESS and personal coach Gai Foskett left behind the trappings of a senior management job for a life focused on helping others to follow their own dreams. She describes her decision to give up...
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What is coaching?

What coaching is NOT – counselling, therapy, training, consulting, education – rather- Coaching is about having someone available for you to learn with - about yourself, your business, your behaviours and how they are impacting and in fact, creating your life. It’s like having someone running alongside you invisibly, providing support, feedback, encouragement, challenge and accountability. How...
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What does a coach actually “do”?

Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customise their approach to individual client needs. They seek to help you clarify where you are and where you want to go. A coach will help you learn from past actions, behaviours and habits and identify solutions and strategies, make a plan, and then hold you...
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Why does coaching work?

There are many reasons coaching works – the first reason is again, YOU – if you want to change something, really, then that is the first step… that real desire to change. Then working with a coach you will learn to think differently so that you can take different actions that see you achieve a...
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Who does work with a coach?

Coaching is one of the leading tools that successful people use to live extraordinary lives. Because coaching sessions are uniquely tailored to the individual client’s needs, anyone can benefit from coaching no matter what stage they are at in their life. My clients include business owners, senior corporate executives, entrepreneurs, professionals and some non business related...
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Who is coaching NOT for?

Those experiencing mental or emotional issues typically require specialist support in the form of a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist. As a professionally trained coach, I am not a specialist in these areas, and only work with those who are mentally and emotionally robust. In taking me on as your coach, you acknowledge that you are mentally...
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How to find the right coach for you

There are some key factors to look for in a coach Qualification and Certification Not all people who call themselves a coach are certified by an accredited professional school, nor are they even true coaches for that matter. Certification is very important, because coaching is a profession that requires very specific skills, conduct...
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Executive Coaching Case Study

Case Study: John, 39 is a senior executive head of a large division in a multi-national company. John’s main challenge was to pursue and achieve his corporate goals and maintain a fun and healthy life balance. He was very concerned that his health and fitness were not what it could be, and also, with 4 children he...
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What do people usually work on with a coach?

Everyone is different. Goals that clients set might be around growing or changing their business or career, developing their leadership style, health and fitness, creativity, relationships. In my first sessions I help people clarify what it is they are looking to change and set goals around that. Usually there is one area that has more ‘energy’...
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What if I start coaching and then want to stop?

The minimum I will work with someone is for a period covering 12 sessions. The reason there is a minimum is that it allows time for permanent and positive change to occur while being supported by a coach. Should you not be getting what you want from the coaching process then we would need to...
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Inside out thinking

I wonder what has come up for you since you have been reflecting on that little voice....prod, prod, prod.... If you have been keeping some kind of journal what patterns of thought are showing? What impact is having those thoughts having on you? On your teams? On your family or friends? I said in the last blog...
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When things are great – but just don’t feel right

Have you ever been in a position where everything is going along well, really well – business is good, family is great BUT you just know that there is something not right for you? A feeling of ‘so what?’ – or ‘but what’s next?’ – it’s not a feeling that is particularly disturbing or depressing;...
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What is executive coaching?

What is executive coaching? The term executive coach is used commonly now. In fact, coaching itself has become mainstream for corporate, non profit organisations and businesses in general. But what does that label actually mean- “executive coaching.” Generally this type is coaching is aimed at senior levels of management up to and including CEO and in some...
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What is a master certified coach?

The credential, Master Certified Coach, MCC is the highest global credential available in the coaching profession as defined by the International Coach Federation (ICF). The process to achieve MCC is rigorous, testing and thorough. For all credentials there is a requirement to continue a set number of further coach specific and personal development training each year to maintain their credential....
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What is NLP

Harness your brain to be creative and solve problems! Gai holds a Master Practitioner Certificate in Neuro Linguistic Programming. To achieve this level of mastery required over 300 hours of NLP training and completion of written exams. What is NLP? Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John...
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Speaking

Spreading the coaching story. An accomplished public speaker with a great message: People can change their own lives! Each year Gai has a number of speaking engagements where she talks about the success of coaching people to achieve their goals. It is an inspiring story. It is an opportunity for people to listen and have some fun as...
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