As you know, this Musings letter is when I share my thoughts about a variety of topics, so today I wanted to give you a glimpse of what is ahead for me in 2008.
As Coaching Concepts enters its 14th year of existence, I am happy to report that last year was my best ever. I am privileged to work with many incredible clients who are doing challenging and interesting work, both corporately and as individuals. In an on-going effort to understand and strengthen my leadership skills, I am working with a coach on a 360º leadership assessment. That is yielding fascinating and thought-provoking insights for me both personally and professionally. This year I plan to complete a rigorous years-long process to attain my Master Certified Coach (MCC) credential, which is the highest level of certification in my industry. Some of the application requirements include 2,500 hours of coaching; hundreds of hours of coach training; mentor coaching by MCC-level coaches; client references; and a live demonstration of my coaching skills.
In addition to my executive coaching, I facilitated a number of retreats, meetings, and planning sessions, and would like to do more of that kind of work this year. In addition, I am also partnering with another gifted coach to offer women’s retreats and workshops. Please visit our website at www.CoachingCompanions.net to read about our vision for that particular work, which I am very excited about. Our first workshop is sold out, with a waiting list! Please let me know if you would like an invitation to future events.
As a volunteer, I am active as a mentor on the Johns Hopkins Breast Cancer Survivor Team. My involvement in Leadership Baltimore County is in full-swing and I am learning a lot about the challenges and opportunities to serve in our community. I am honored to Co-Chair the B’MORE Fund, a charitable giving circle that identifies and distributes cash awards to Baltimore City’s unsung heroes.
On a personal note, Jim and I are learning a lot about gardening and waterfowl here on the Magothy River. I enjoy our book club and workouts with my personal trainer (usually). My older son just got his PhD dissertation topic approved; you can find him ensconced in the library at Princeton for the next two years. My younger son leaves next week to spend six months working and traveling in Australia. I am blessed with a loving family, faithful friends, and wonderful clients. Thank you for being a part of my life.
Sharon Keys Seal