Coach Andrea’s Intro
In this week’s Tip, Kathy Frank asks a great question: How do we sense, read or interpret the invisible, but powerful, forces that pummel us each day of our lives? The question reminded me to think about how each of us is a force through our actions, words, and thoughts.
Quote of the Week
“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
~ Helen Keller
An Invisible, But Powerful, Force
By Kathy Frank
Last year I was watching the final round of the British Open being played at Royal St. George’s Golf Club. The club sits on the southeast coast of England near the cliffs of Dover. That day the wind was howling off the English Channel at about 30mph. One of the commentators said that the wind was an invisible, but powerful, force that would have a tremendous impact on the outcome of the golf tournament that day.
The phrase about an invisible, but powerful, force stuck in my mind as I began thinking about the many such forces that we encounter in our lives every day. At least with the wind, while we may not see it, we can feel it through the broad sense of touch. How do we sense, read or interpret the invisible, but powerful, forces that pummel us each day of our lives?
Each of us is constantly thinking … sometimes consciously and, frequently, subconsciously. These thoughts are invisible to others until we express them or act on them; but they certainly have powerful influence on our lives and often on the lives of others. Even then, our ability to capture and accurately articulate our thoughts is not always on point. When we express our thoughts through our actions, it may be an even murkier message for our fellow human beings to understand and interpret.
So too, the spoken word is invisible but can exert great power as the expression of our thoughts about ideas, events or people. In the complex make-up of human beings, there are many other powerful, but invisible, forces such as emotions, motivations, biases and viewpoints which we may not even be conscious of because they have been ingrained in us since childhood and have become part of our “unexamined life.”
Just as the golfers had to read the invisible, but powerful wind and adjust their play to it in order to succeed in the tournament, so too must we read the many invisible, but powerful, forces that come at us daily to succeed in our human relationships. This is the challenge of human communication and understanding! It is the thrill we get from great literature or even good books which, in communicating a story, give us some insight into, and understanding of, human thoughts and emotions.
And we should not always externalize this process. At times, we should turn it inward to examine and understand our own thoughts, emotions, motivations, biases and viewpoints. This will help us to better understand who we are and what we truly want and need for happiness and fulfillment. It will also enable us to communicate better and thus lead richer, fuller lives. May we all become better readers of the human winds!
Excerpted from “Breakdancing On A Balance Beam” Authored by Kathy Frank | Copyright © Angur Inc. 2012. Kathleen Frank is the President of Augur, Inc. http://www.augurinc.com
Coaching Call To Action
This week consider where you are being an invisible, but powerful, force. Is it helping you create and foster successful relationships and communications? If not, what changes will you make?
The Metrowest Daily News | South Edition, August 13, 2012
BUSINESS LEADER PROFILE – Andrea Novakowski
Name of business: Coach Andrea; Address: 39 Lakeview Terrace, Ashland; Phone number: 508-231-0766; Website: www.coachandrea.com
In three sentences, tell us how you ended up in this line of work.
When I left my corporate job, I took time off to consider what it was that I wanted to do next. I started coaching with a vision of creating extraordinary relationships among people in the business world, helping people grow and develop as leaders in their organization and life, and giving back to others. Coaching fit the bill by allowing me to help people accomplish what they want by holding their vision and helping them find ways to get there.
What are two memories from your career that stick with you the most?
One, when my client told me that because of our coaching together, she turned her dream into reality – she created a life outside of her business that honored her values. Two, being inducted into the International Coach Federation of New England’s Hall of Fame this year for my coaching skills, contributions and impact in promoting coaching to the business community.
What do you most like and least like about your work?
Like: I love helping people find solutions to questions they have and helping them move past places where they are stuck in work or life. Least like: I wish companies valued their people more by providing resources, experiences and support to help them be more successful.
What makes your business unusual?
I’m a business coach and I specialize in working with people who own their own businesses. I’m a business owner and have been for 25 years. During that time, I’ve built two companies, one of which was sold to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts in the mid-1990s. I know what it’s like to juggle a lot of moving parts to keep things working day to day. In addition, my work with clients focuses on helping them sift through their conflicting priorities and demands to determine what’s most important, and then take action.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to open a business?
Always focus on your business and use some of your enthusiasm and excitement to take care of yourself and your health outside of the business. You can only work 24/7 for so long before you burn out.
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