May 1, 2016
A couple of weeks ago, I pulled into the hotel parking garage with a mix of excitement and apprehension. Here I was about to start a series of training courses conducted by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) on Co-Active Coaching and I had no idea what to expect. What would the course leaders be like? What would my classmates be like?
Strictly speaking, I have been involved in coaching clients for 20 years. Most of that work has focused on career transition and exploration, but coaching nonetheless. I decided to pursue the training through CTI to sharpen and broaden my skills and hopefully acquire some new ones. And I was not disappointed!
The Fundamentals Course (as the introductory session is titled) is two and a half days of fairly intense work. The group of people that I met at the training session were all very open, candid, and willing to share and be vulnerable to each other. Most of us hailed from the Seattle-Portland I-5 corridor with one rather outgoing, slightly eccentric gentleman coming in from Utah. He was a bright light and a memorable presence for all of us.
As I stated above, I was unsure about what I was going to experience but I ended up getting just what I needed. A wonderfully engaging, hands-on, enlightening, and meaningful experience. I left Sunday afternoon even more excited about expanding my coaching work and adding new elements to my approach. I am really looking forward to the next session.