I have completed my training and I am now a Licensed NLP
(Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner.
Barbara Stepp, Master Trainer
Licensed by The Society of NLP–Richard Bandler
COACHING IT PROFESSIONALS AND EXECUTIVES
With his extensive background in IT, Robert is especially effective coaching IT professionals. He holds an MBA in Management Information Systems from DePaul University, is Microsoft certified, MCSA (Microsoft Certified System Administrator) and has several years of experience both as an IT Consultant and a Corporate Network Infrastructure Manager.
His clients feel particularly confortable because they can talk the same "IT language" and because of his familiarity with the professional issues they face.
GROUP AND PEER COACHING
In his work as a career coach, Robert facilitates group meetings from a coaching perspective which emphasizes that looking for a job is a process, and that we need to focus on the process, not just the final landing of a job.
Robert uses a "group coaching" approach by creating meetings which offer a safe/respectful place for all participants, allowing time for each person to report and contribute, inviting group brainstorming or discussions, and looking for individual learning.
Loneliness, accompanied by isolation, are two important issues that need to be addressed and group coaching helps the clients see that they are not alone, not the only ones going through this and that other “good” people are going through the same.
Synergy and new creative energies are the result. Attendees share their experiences in the job search. The successful ones and also those they learned from, including: "being ignored", "dead-ends", and "rejections".
The group is a place where people can connect, learn from each other and encourage one other along the path in this special time of their lives. It is a time for opportunities and, there where those are not present, we will create new ones.
Group coaching also helps clients getting out of their own minds see how others are dealing with the situation and extend to help the people around them while allowing themselves to receive help from others. Often long-term friendships among clients come from the group coaching process.
Career coaching is very dear to me because of my exposure to it, both as a client and as a coach. Fear is rampant at his time; catastrophic thinking and an attitude of scarcity tend to prevail. Anger and resentment are also part of the process and need to be addressed. Hopelessness and despair are also common and manifest in anguish and depression.
I have been through all of that and I have learned so much in the process. I took the hardest way and decided for a career change instead of staying in my field of expertise. The risk taking and following my newfound passion gave me the energy to re-create a new future and myself. I have found that the best way to coach people in career transition is a multifaceted holistic approach.
Becoming aware and identifying the saboteur inside is the first step. Discovering and defining the gremlin’s work (the saboteur) and its deleterious effect comes next. Moving to positive thinking is the last step. The most important result in this process is shifting from worrying about the future and regretting the past to live in the present focusing on the task at hand understanding that finding a job is a process made of small steps and projects.At this stage negativity and failure are not options. Positive attitudes will bring positive outcomes; it is possible that those will turn out to be different from the client’s original expectations but none-the-less positive. There are no failures, only learning experiences. Opportunities are everywhere and, there where those are lacking, positive attitude will create new ones.
There is a tendency to neglect the body and its health when overwhelmed by the preoccupation of “income”. It is easy to succumb to disease if bombarded by negativity and a sense of worthlessness both from the inside and the outside. Regular checkups, various forms of exercising, healthy foods and good habits are part of the coaching process to ensure that the body is strong and a sense of physical well-being is maintained.
Heart and soul is the realm of emotions which are fueled by thoughts. Emotional detachment from the final outcome is crucial because so often the job search is filled with rejections. When taken personally, these kill the client’s confidence and are looked at as failures. The ability to reframe those “bad” experiences into “learning” opportunities is a lifesaver for the client. As I often say to my clients: ‘it is the best thing that could ever happen to you”. I coach their greatness and show them their new developed traits and strengths.