Individual and Group Coaching

Leadership Coaching with Theodore Henderson
The 2 Step Power Coaching Professional Program for Your Business and Career Success

Step 1 – Assessing Your Business and Career Focus

You will examine your accomplishments, looking at your strongest and most enjoyable skills. The core of most coaching exercises is some version of this exercise; however, this one holds you accountable for change. A coach may give you many tests and exercises; however, this right exercise requires work on your part and will yield the most important results. An interest or personality test is not enough. There is no easy way. Remember: busy executives take the time to complete this exercise, so there is no excuse not to do so yourself.

The process will provide you with important information about yourself for the direction of your personal life, as well as your career. If you’re like most people, you have never taken the time to sort out the things you’re good at and are motivated to accomplish. As a result, you probably don’t use your talents as completely or as effectively as you could. Too often, we do things to please someone else or to survive in a job. Then, we get stuck in a rut—that is, we’re always trying to please someone else or always trying to survive in a job. We lose sight of what could satisfy us, and work becomes drudgery, rather than fun. When we become so enmeshed in survival or in trying to please others, it may be difficult to figure out what we would rather be doing.

“The direction of change to seek is not in our four dimensions:
it is getting deeper into what you are, where you are,
like turning up the volume on the amplifier.”

– Thaddeus Golas, Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment

When you uncover your motivated skills, you’ll be better able to identify jobs that allow you to use them, and to recognize other jobs that don’t quite fit the bill. Motivated skills are patterns that run throughout your life. Since they are skills from which you derive satisfaction, you will find ways to do them, even if you don’t get to do them at work. You still might not know what these skills are—they’re just something you do take for granted.

Tracking down these patterns takes some thought. The payoff is that your motivated skills do not change. Finding out what they are will help you discover what will keep you motivated for the rest of your life.

Look at Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Russell Simmons. They know what they enjoy and are good at— and that’s what they concentrate on. You can identify commonalities in your accomplishments—aspects that you must have that will make you happier and more successful. In my case, for example, whether I was a sales director, a consultant, trainer, speaker or a coach, I’ve always found a way to teach others.

“One’s prime is elusive….You must be on the alert to
recognize your prime at whatever time of life it may

– Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

“Smart business people know you have to develop
the person before the career.”
Invest in you, your career, and your business.


Step 2 – Your Coach is Your Secret Weapon

“No matter where you’re from or what you’ve done,
you’re never stuck in a particular circumstance,
relationship, or cycle unless you say you are.”

― Russell Simmons

If you realize that you aren’t so clear on what your dream job is, or how to even approach planning the next steps in your career, join the very big club. Although I’m sure the answers are somewhere inside you, as they were with me—and so many others— you will need to bring them up to the surface.

When I ran into a “career brick wall” a number of years ago, I decided to enlist the help of a career coach—a move I’d recommend to anyone who was in my boat. A coach, who was recommended to me by a friend, helped me figure out how to better integrate my passions into my job search and career choice. After meeting with her in a “boot camp”, combined with selected follow-up over several weeks, here are the important lessons she’s helped me understand:

1. You can turn being laid off into an opportunity.

2. The skills I needed to handle my time and money better.

3. How to recognize behaviors and patterns in myself.

4. How to stop buying into get-rich-quick schemes and chasing the next “big thing”.

5. How to be comfortable with the unknown.

Most of us feel like we need to know it all—that we should have everything about ourselves and our futures figured out all the time. My coach got me to realize that it’s essential to live a place where we don’t have all the answers, and that the unknown is actually where the magic of our lives happens and unfolds. As long as you’re taking action to move in the direction of who you are and what you love, you’ll be presented with opportunities that you probably could have never planned for yourself. After all—as my coach reminded me—there are whole new industries and titles being created every day.

Working with a career coach is a huge opportunity for growth and positive change in all areas of your life. My coach reminded me to be thankful for the opportunities I had (even the job loss), that I need to have patience, and that sometimes, it really is the journey that matters more than the destination.

“Smart business people know you have to develop
the person before the career.”

Invest in you, your career, and your business.