A New Day!

By Jonathan Reitz

May 26, 2015

Last week I told you a little bit about why I love working with coaches. There's one more key piece I haven't mentioned yet.

Really what it comes down to is that coaches are the most generous people I know.

No I'm not talking about money, because that's usually where we measure generosity. Instead, I mean relational generosity.

Think about it: how often do you begin a conversation not with your agenda but with what's important to the other person? I know you're not the usual person because you are a coach or have been coached, but that's what coaches do in every single conversation we have.

Relational generosity is the thing that makes a coaching conversation different from every other conversation. It's just not about the coach. Ever. It's always about the other person. I believe this mindset can change the world, and this kind of generosity is the most powerful force there is.

Helping people live this way is what gets me up in the morning, and what makes me so passionate about coaching and coach training. And today we're moving this kind of relational generosity to the front and center of everything CoachNet does.

What this is going to mean, for you, for the people you coach, and for the world at large is pretty exciting. To me, this is a true representation of God's kingdom. So today is an exciting day in CoachNet's history.

It's a new day.

This morning, we are releasing a new training arc, designed to get you where you want to go faster with higher-level coaching skills.

Up until now, we've been heavily oriented toward training you with outstanding coaching skills… And that's not going to change.

But we've heard loud and clear that there isn't enough practice coaching in our core curriculum. People that have been to our training over the last several years have told me that practicing living out relational generosity in coaching conversations (and receiving feedback on how you're doing) needs to be more of a core of the coach training and development process.  So here goes!
cnStandard is CoachNet's core coach training option.  You work through a process that helps you learn and apply new coaching skills to your life and work.  But today we introduce the 200 cnLab. It moves to its rightful place immediately following cnLaunch in the cnStandard coach training process from CoachNet.

Now if you sign up for cnStandard, here's what your training core will look like:

cnLaunchFirst you start with 100 cnLaunch, which equips you with basic coaching skills so you can coaching formal and informal situations.  This is the Orientation phase I mentioned on Friday.  You learn what you need to know and you get a little bit of help getting started.


Then you'll go to 200 cnLab, which is designed to help you practice what you've learned.    This is the Practice phase of the process.

Our experience at CoachNet says you'll integrate your coaching skills into every conversation, whether or not it's coaching.  (Because you want these skills to benefit what the people around you, right?) This is where that relational generosity really comes to life.

Once you learn basic coaching skills and practice them a little bit, it's time to Specialize. (Remember that from the paradigm?)  This is where the 300 and 400-level cnPlus courses fit or the CN plus concentrations.

cnPlusYou can develop specific coaching skills that match your vision for coaching.

Maybe you'll focus on drawing out ministry effectiveness or you'll work with leaders or executives.

Maybe you'll leverage great coaching skills into your ministry environment.

Maybe you'll use a coach approach to making disciples.  

Or maybe you'll go another way entirely...all of these things can be developed in a cnPlus Concentration.  Or you can pick and choose individual courses so that you grow as a coach!  The choice is yours!

CoachNet is also introducing two new cnPlus electives today.

cnPlus GrayCourse #305 is called Making Conflict An Asset in Coaching. In this course, we start with the realization that every relationship has at least a little bit of conflict in it.  You'll learn how to leverage conflict styles to make your coaching conversations more productive and inspire more action in your clients.  I can't wait to debut this during the month of June.

cnPlus BlueCourse #410 is Coaching for Strategic Impact. How often does your client know what they should be doing but it just isn't happening. This is often a failure of strategy. Course #410 will explore coaching strategies for helping your client do what they're supposed to do, and to learn as much as they can about themselves and their situation as they can in the process. This new course also debuts in the month of June, and I hope you consider signing up.

The last phase of the cnStandard process is 500 cnEssential.  (We used to suggest coaches-in-training take this right after 100 cnLaunch.)   This is where you Internalize everything you've learned and come out a more effective coach (the final stage in the paradigm).

cnEssential500 cnEssential is where we get serious about your character and make up as a coach. The ceiling for how much you can help someone change is predicted by how much you yourself have changed. Internal make up of the most effective coaches is what 500 cnEssential is all about.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) has given us a great framework for how to develop the kind of coaches that lead with generosity. Every single one of the courses that you'll see in our coach at training arc is built on the ICF's 11 Core Coaching Competencies.

Want to check it out? Head to the CoachNet store right now. (We loaded all the new courses early this morning.)  Or look around on the CoachNet website. We've rewritten and redesigned all of the content there to help you find your way.

Over the next couple days, I'm going to send you a couple more emails that will walk through some scenarios of how you might take advantage of these CoachNet courses.

And, this summer, if you want to get a jump on your coach development we have several options for you in an accelerated or turbo format.

We're offering several courses this summer in condensed time frames. Whether you want to take one of the new electives or dive in to a single cnPlus course to sharpen your skills for coaching, there's an option for you.  You can even begin or continue your coaching journey with Turbo cnLaunch, cnPlus and cnEssential courses.

Tomorrow I'll send you an email with some of the details about the Turbo Sessions, or you can check it out today in the CoachNet store.

I hope you can see why am so excited about all of this. It's a new day, truly.

What do you think? I'd love to hear your comments. Shoot me an email or comment on the CoachNet blog and tell me what you think.

Thanks for being one of the coaches into whom CoachNet gets to invest. We believe coaching can truly change everything. Thanks for being along on the ride.

Jonathan Reitz, PCC
Director of Training/CEO

Jonathan ReitzJonathan Reitz has a number of impressive titles at CoachNet Global (Chairman/CEO/Guy with Coffee).  Jonathan has been coaching for over 10 years and has worked with over 500 clients in the church, the non-profit sector and the business world. 

  “Coaching plays a part in the kind of leadership the world needs,” says Jonathan Reitz.  “I want to be a part of that.”

For a daily coaching question from Jonathan Reitz, follow him on Twitter @jonathanreitz  Or, you can email him at jonathan@coachnet.org or by phone at 440.550.4374.

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