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Professional Christian Coaching Today

Welcome to Professional Christian Coaching Today with Chris McCluskey and Kim Avery, a weekly podcast dedicated to informing, inspiring, and equipping Christians in the art and science of professional-grade Christian coaching. Along with cutting-edge content, you'll hear great interviews with guests such as Dan Miller, Michael Hyatt, Dr. Gary Collins, Kary Oberbrunner, Dr. Marilee Adams, Dr. Richard Swenson, C.J. Hayden and more. Our goal is to raise the standard in coaching and change the world.
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Dec 29, 2015

Create Successful Change

Coaching is integral to creating successful change. Listen in as Chris and Kim unpack a simple model founded by organizational psychologist, William Howell: The Four Phases of Learning. You can apply it to your own life and use it with your clients, today!

In this episode, you’ll uncover the importance of:

  • Identifying blind spots in your plan so you can clearly see your path.
  • Creating awareness around needed changes for growth so you can flourish.
  • Practicing tiny action steps so you can build future-focused momentum.
  • Celebrating progress to cement your learning.

 

Show Notes

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Dec 22, 2015

Coaching care-givers of special needs persons is as much challenging as it is rewarding. Join Chris and Kim as they interview Kaleen Marshall and revel in how God leads ordinary people to extraordinary things.

In this episode, you’ll hear discussions around:

  • Kaleen’s inspirational story of care in the midst of chaos.
  • How important it is to provide care for care-givers.
  • How to authentically relay the value of coaching to others.

 

Show Notes

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Dec 15, 2015

When business excellence marries Biblical values, amazing things happen. Join Chris and Kim as they interview Greg Leith and discover how to redeem and retake the Monday through Friday marketplace for God.

 

In this episode you’ll hear discussions around:

 

  • The place of professional grade Christian coaching in the C-Suite and how it is changing lives
  • How to get the buy-in of executives so they can both benefit from and implement the tools of coaching
  • The most important thing leaders will need to embrace to use coaching effectively
  • How our culture can be reframed through the marketplace.

 

 

About Greg Leith:

 

Greg's life mission statement focuses on his life passion, which is “to strengthen the great leaders, ideas and organizations of our time so the kingdom causes of Christ can be exponentially accelerated”. He is the CEO of Convene,

 

His career spans corporate Fortune 500 enterprises, franchise operations, non-profit and associations and academic sectors. Greg has served the persecuted church with food, brought relief and created long term jobs in Orissa, India, assisted faith based mission agencies in China with mission and strategy, planted house churches in Nepal, helped envision and begin a School of Journalism in Haiti and crisscrossed Canada speaking on marriage with Family Life. Greg is married to the love of his life, best selling author and life coach Shelley Leith They’ve managed to break a multi-generational chain of divorces and have been married for over 35 years.

 

Shelley and Greg love leading intentionally in their family and attempted to create a family and home that is a grace filled safe refuge on most days as well as a place full of forgiveness when they miss God’s mark. Their currently empty nest is located in Southern California close to the canyons and foothills of south Orange County.

 

Show Notes

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Dec 8, 2015

Your brand is more than a recognizable logo. It embodies who God created you to be and who He designed you to serve. You need to make sure your brand is a clear and authentic reflection of that.

 

When people talk about you, they are going to fill in the blank with something. They will say, “You know [insert your name here], she’s the one who…” In a sense, whatever they fill in that blank with is your brand.

 

Join us for this episode where we will discover:

 

  • The danger in not knowing yourself and how others perceive you
  • Key ways to discover your own unique value
  • How to discern what your competitive advantage is
  • The importance of communicating your unique value and its return on investment (ROI)

 

Show Notes

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Dec 1, 2015

What would it be like for you to engage in meaningful, purposeful, and profitable daily work? How can you cultivate a Kingdom mindset of abundance that translates into a God-honoring lifestyle for you and those you love?

 

Today’s guest, Dan Miller, author of the popular book 48 Days to the Work You Love, answers these questions and more as he shares how he draws on God’s unlimited resources to fill his cup and then serves others from the overflow of His abundance.

 

Specifically, Dan address these three themes, illustrating each topic with stories from his life:

 

  1. Resolving the internal struggle all coaches face as they transition into coaching.
  2. Launching your private practice
  3. Setting up your business and the importance of charging a market rate for your coaching services

 

Other key takeaways include:

 

  • How coaches can prepare themselves emotionally for the weight of their success
  • Why it’s riskier to stay in an employee mindset than adopt the entrepreneurial mindset
  • How surrounding yourself with the right people sparks creativity and innovation
  • And more

 

To learn more about Dan, visit 48days.com. If you’re interested in joining a community of creative entrepreneurs, visit Dan’s secondary site at www.48days.net. One final resource you can find on Dan’s site at www.48days.com/clients is his free download, 10 Tips for Getting Your First Coaching Client.

 

Until next time, keep raising the standard and changing the world.

Show Notes

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About Dan Miller:

 

Dan Miller, President of 48 Days LLC, specializes in creative thinking for increased personal and business success. He believes that meaningful work blends our natural skills and abilities, our unique personality traits and our dreams and passions. Dan is active in helping individuals redirect careers, evaluate new income sources, and achieve balanced living. He believes that a clear sense of direction can help us become all that God designed us to be.

 

Dan is the author of the widely acclaimed 48 Days To The Work You Love and No More Mondays. He writes regularly for many popular magazines and web portals, including CBN.com, Crosswalk.com, In Touch, AARP and Success magazines and the Zig Ziglar newsletter.  He has been a guest on CBS’ ‘The Early Show,’ MSNBC’s ‘Hardball with Chris Mathews,’ 700 Club’s Living The Life and Fox Business News with Dave Ramsey Show…to hit some highlights.  He hosts a weekly podcast that is consistently ranked #1 under Careers on iTunes.  Dan is also a frequent speaker and guest on popular radio programs like Moody Broadcasting, Crown Financial, Janet Parshall’s America, American Family Radio, and Prime Time Chicago.  He also has an online community with over 14,000 “eaglepreneurs”!

Nov 24, 2015

In today’s episode, featuring special guest Susan Whitcomb, PCC, we will discuss the science of gratitude and how to activate it in your life and the lives of your clients. We will also examine specific applications to Christian coaching.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The mindset and mechanics (M&Ms) of gratitude
  • What “cortisol-creep,” road salt, and the rusty undercarriages of cars have in common
  • How gratitude releases endorphins, the “feel-good” chemical, in our brains
  • The difference between prayer, praise, and prayse
  • How to activate the gratitude center of the brain
  • And more

If you would like to connect with Susan Whitcomb and learn more about the training she offers, visit TheAcademies.com. Also, don’t forget to stop by ProfessionalChristianCoachingToday.com to pick up your free Align Your Life Assessment.

Until next time, keep raising the standard and changing the world!

Show Notes

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About Susan Whitcomb:

Susan Whitcomb is the Founder and president of The Academies, which specializes in brain friendly coach training for corporate and executive coaching. She is the author of 7 books and has developed an extensive coach-training curriculum approved by the International Coach Federation. Susan has a gift for taking complex neuroscience principles and making them understandable and applicable to every-day coaching. She has studied personally with thought leaders from the Academy of Brain-Based Leadership and the Applied Neuroscience Institute, where she became the only Licensed NeuroPositive Coach from that organization to also be awarded the Master Level designation. She is on a mission to equip coaches to “Change Minds For Good!”

Nov 17, 2015

In the previous podcast, Chris talked about the challenges and obstacles he faced after shutting down his successful counseling practice to move his wife and children cross-country to the family farm and launch a private coaching practice.

 

Shortly after relocating, Chris was struck by a debilitating illness that took years to diagnose. He entered a “dark night of the soul” that took a toll on both he and his family. But instead of allowing difficult circumstances to harden their hearts, they served to strengthen their faith and resolve. During these difficult years, God inscribed valuable life lessons on Chris’ heart, which he shares with us today.

 

Chris identifies five critical beliefs that shaped his life and decisions during these years:

 

  • Discern your life’s call and listen to the song of your heart.
  • Count the cost and do your due diligence when launching your coaching business and in honoring your values.
  • Commit for the long haul. After putting your hand to the plow, resist the temptation to look back (Luke 9:62).
  • Persevere through the dark times and allow nothing to deter you from God’s plan and purpose for you, both personally and professionally.
  • Work creatively and collaboratively. Say, “Lord, show me something fresh here.” Ask, “Collaboratively, who else can help me?”

 

How might these key takeaways mold your life and coaching practice?

 

If after listening to today’s broadcast, you’re asking yourself, “So, what’s next?” or “How can I do a similar examination of my life and priorities?” download the “Align Your Life Inventory” for free. Just go to our website, ProfessionalChristianCoachingToday.com, and enter your name and email below the masthead. Signing up for this free resource will also add you to our mailing list and keep you up-to-date on new topics and podcasts.

 

Until next time, keep Raising the Standard and Changing the World!

 

Show Notes

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Nov 10, 2015

Today we sit down with our show’s host, Christopher McCluskey, to hear his story as he has dared to answer the song of his heart, a song place there by God.

 

Raised in a healthy Christian family, Christopher McCluskey was blessed beyond measure. But that didn’t make his path any easier as he faced countless challenges and overwhelming obstacles to answer God's call on his life—a call that has not only touched his professional and personal life but also the lives of thousands.

 

Chris’s story offers important life lessons we could all learn from:

 

  • The importance of honoring the song God has place in your heart
  • Choosing to persevere in the face of adversity
  • Committing to running and finishing the race God has set before you
  • Sacrificing short-term pleasures for long-term gains
  • How a supportive family or community helps us weather life’s storms
  • And more

 

Be sure to tune in for part two of Chris' story next week and learn how the worst—and the best—was yet to come.

 

Until then, keep Raising the Standard and Changing the World!

 

Show Notes

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Nov 3, 2015

Today, we’re listening in on an entire coaching session from beginning to end and offering commentary on key points in the conversation, including a dramatic shift that happened halfway through the session.

 

In this pre-recorded session, leadership coach and Professional Christian Coaching Institute faculty member Charles Hooper, MDiv, PCC, coaches Rebecca, a student volunteer from a Coaching Essentials training class, around a shift in mindset.

 

In this episode, you’ll get answers to your questions about:

 

  • The importance of the client setting the agenda
  • Narrowing the focus of the call
  • Identifying a clear takeaway up front
  • Handling strong client emotions
  • Coaching presence and process
  • And a lot more

 

As we’re making this inaugural launch of the podcast, could you help us by providing your feedback? If you believe in Christian coaching as we do, we would appreciate your honest review and rating on iTunes.

 

And be sure to pass this podcast along to a friend.

 

Until next week, keep Raising the Standard and Changing the World!

Show Notes

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Oct 27, 2015

In this second part of a two-part series, John Ramstead continues his amazing story by sharing the surprising turn his life took after his near fatal accident and how God’s faithfulness provided for him every step of the way.

 

Listen in and be inspired by:

 

  • God’s miraculous provision
  • John’s journey from businessman to executive coach
  • Looking at success from an eternal point of view
  • The challenge and importance of choosing financial debt over relational debt
  • Learning how to leave a legacy that outlasts you

 

About John Ramstead:

 

John has been married for 25 years to his best friend, Donna, and has three incredible boys. It has been three years since a near-fatal accident changed the trajectory of his life. Without the incredible support of God, his family and amazing friends he would not be the person he is today.

 

As he recovered, John sought discernment as to why God saved him and what He now wants him to do. God gave John a clear new calling: pour the life he’s been given into other leaders to equip and inspire them for work in His Kingdom.

 

John’s deep faith and his many years as a Navy fighter pilot, entrepreneur, Fortune 500 leader and board chair have been redirected into an amazingly successful coaching practice and popular leadership podcast.

 

Learn more about John at www.EternalLeadership.com.

 

Show Notes

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Oct 16, 2015

From Navy’s Top Gun to industry’s top salesman, today’s guest, Christian coach John Ramstead, was definitely living the dream for which so many strive. Yet deep inside, he was filled with a smoldering discontent.

 

In this first episode of a two-part series, listen in as John shares candidly about the accident that should have ended his life, a level of pain beyond description, and an overwhelming experience with the personal and unconditional love of God that changed his life forever.

 

Don’t miss this extraordinary account of…

  • Finding hope in the darkest hour
  • Discovering true purpose and calling
  • Launching an executive coaching business that is impacting the world

 

 

About John Ramstead:

 

John has been married for 25 years to his best friend, Donna, and has three incredible boys.  It has been three years since a near-fatal accident changed the trajectory of his life.  Without the incredible support of God, his family and amazing friends he would not be the person he is today.

 

As he recovered, John sought discernment as to why God saved him and what He now wants him to do.  God gave John a clear new calling: pour the life he’s been given into other leaders to equip and inspire them for work in His Kingdom.

 

John’s deep faith and his many years as a Navy fighter pilot, entrepreneur, Fortune 500 leader and board chair have been redirected into an amazingly successful coaching practice and popular leadership podcast.

 

Learn more about John at www.EternalLeadership.com.

 

Show Notes

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Oct 16, 2015

In today’s episode, we’re taking a closer look at the term Professional Christian Coaching by addressing each component of the name and answering three important questions: What is coaching? What makes it professional coaching? What makes it Christian professional coaching?

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

 

  • Why coaching is like showing up to facilitate a monologue
  • How key coaching tools, such as active listening and powerful questions aid the process
  • Why aligning yourself with such research-based professional organizations as the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, the International Coach Federation, and Christian Coaches Network International matters to both you and your clients
  • How the Holy Spirit works through the skills of the coach and the relational connection to call forth what God has placed within each client

 

As we’re making this inaugural launch of the podcast, could you help us by providing your feedback? If you believe in Christian coaching as we do, we would appreciate your honest review and rating on iTunes.

 

And be sure to pass this podcast along to a friend.

 

Until next week, keep Raising the Standard and Changing the World!

 

Show Notes

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Oct 16, 2015

Hosts Christopher McCluskey and Kim Avery celebrate 15 years of distinctly Christian coaching and the 5th anniversary of the Professional Christian Coaching Institute while casting an expanded vision for the future.

 

This broader view extends beyond addressing the needs of professional Christian coaches to speak to areas of interest to all of God’s people. So whether you are a professionally trained coach seeking to grow or someone just interested in applying coaching to your personal, professional, or ministry life, there’s something here for you.

 

Here are just a few of the exciting topics we have lined up for future shows:

 

  • Professional Christian coaching skills and competencies
  • Coaching ethically and excellently
  • Launching and growing a coaching business
  • Growing as an entrepreneur
  • Marketing
  • Networking
  • Social media
  • Technology
  • Public speaking
  • Technology developments
  • Group coaching
  • Leadership coaching
  • Spiritual formation coaching
  • Coaching missionaries, church planters, and pastors
  • And more

 

As we’re making this inaugural launch of the podcast, could you help us by providing your feedback? If you believe in Christian coaching as we do, we would appreciate your honest review and rating on iTunes.

 

And be sure to pass this podcast along to a friend.

 

Until next week, keep Raising the Standard and Changing the World!

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