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Sylvia Becker-Hill

Is it time for a change?

March 2012

This week I finally got my new certificate for my renewed PCC credentials in the mail. The text on it goes like this:

Every three years I have to prove that I have received a minimum of 40 hours of coaching-specific training, that I’m still working with clients and that am in good standing in the coaching community. Why do I share this with you?

Because I hear quite often that people don’t know what it is, and I would like to explain its meaning for you and for me plus, to put it simply, I’m extremely proud of this accomplishment.

For you, working with a coach certified by the International Coach Federation means that...

  • You can feel safe knowing your coach works inside a highly ethical framework of rules and values.

  • You can trust that you will reach your goals because your coach is highly trained and one of the best on the market for supporting your change, your growth and the accomplishment of your goals

  • You can be proud to work with someone who has a global network and body of knowledge at her disposal to assist you

For me, it means I can offer all of these benefits to my clients while enjoying a sense of belonging in an international professional community. I’m especially proud of this because in 2002, I became the first German coach to get this designation from the ICF!

What certifications or designations do you hold, and what do they mean to you and for your relevant people?

I would love to hear from you. Please share your comments on my blog or send me an email at sylvia@becker-hill.com.

This Month's Featured Article

Is It Time for a Change?

If you’ve been subscribing for a while, you know that I like to share processes you can use to experience coaching and to generate insights or even changes. This month I’m providing a tool from Gestalt Therapy that I use for myself and for my clients; it is for measuring satisfaction in different areas of your life.

Imagine your life is this beautiful temple. It is stable and beautiful and protects everything that is important to you as long as all of its pillars are strong and its roof lays evenly over all of them. If one or more pillars is weak and becomes smaller than the others, the roof will slide to one side, and the whole architecture of your temple—your life—could crumble and crash.

Please take a pencil and imagine that each pillar represents 100% satisfaction with your experience in its designated area: work/performance, material safety/money, social networks and relationships, etc. Ask yourself—maybe with closed eyes and after taking in some deep breaths to connect with the question and the specific area you are considering—on a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you in this area of your life right now? Whatever number comes up, take that as a percentage and fill the corresponding column up to that point. For example, let’s say the number is 6 for work and performance; you would convert that to 60% and shade in the first column up to the level of 60%. Continue to do the same for each pillar.

After finishing the whole temple, take a step back and review it.

  • What is your first thought upon looking at it?

  • How accurate is it?

  • What does it tell you about your life and about each pillar?

  • How stable is your temple of life?
    Be careful: With extremely low satisfaction across the board, the roof will look balanced and stable, but who wants a temple that’s just three feet high?!

  • Which pillars have a level of satisfaction that make you say, “Great! That can or should stay the way it is.”? (These are your assets and resource areas!)

  • Which pillars show such a low level of satisfaction that you think and feel, “This must change.”?

When it is time for a change, this question elicits different answers from different people. It is linked to your expectations of yourself and life in general. Some people are more easily satisfied and demand less than others. So don’t compare your temple of life with someone else’s. Use it to compare your own progress by doing this exercise every six months!

Your sense of urgency and importance of “NOW is the time to change something” depends on your interpretation of the image you created.

What have you decided? Is it time for a change?

Invitation to Speak with Sylvia

  • Are you “sick” of something, someone or yourself right now?

  • Do you have a sense of clear urgency to change but don’t know how?

  • Are you willing to invest time, effort and financial resources into the results you seek?

If so, than you might be ready to work with me. To figure out what you want and need and if we would be a perfect fit, fill out this application form and send it back to me via email at sylvia@becker-hill.com.

Each month I offer a limited number of Free 30-Minute Change Strategy Sessions with me. March and April are already booked, but if you send your application back by April 9, you will have a chance to get one of the four slots currently available during the first week of May. After the 9th the applications will be screened, and approved applicants will receive an email with a link to my personal scheduling system to reserve a time slot.

What is Sylvia doing this month?

Note from Sylvia: This spring will be a crazy travelling time. Please be aware that my availability will be restricted for the next four weeks, and my response time to emails will be longer than usual.

March 31- April 8: Spring break and family vacation in Florida/Orlando
(Sylvia will not respond to email during this time.)

April 11-13: Attending the LEAP event hosted by her business mentor Kendall Summerhawk in Tucson, Arizona

April 22: Facilitating a 2-hour evening for professional women about “Knowing Your Value” in Duesseldorf, NRW/Germany

April 24-27: Facilitating the second part of “ICF-Fit Advanced Coaching Training and Mentor Coaching” for a team of German coaches and leadership consultants in Duesseldorf, NRW/Germany

April 29: Half VIP executive coaching day in Munich, Bavaria/Germany

Last Words

Thank you for your time and attention. I hope you downloaded the handout to do the brief exercise. Only when we act will we experience and deeply feel if it’s time for a change.

For those who celebrate Easter, I wish you all a very happy Easter time with your family and friends. To everyone, enjoy the gorgeous springtime! For me it always feels like a deep and fresh expression of “promise for what is waiting for us in the future.”





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In This Issue

Personal Note from Sylvia

Featured Article

Invitation to Speak with Sylvia

What is Sylvia doing this month?

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Sylvia Becker-Hill, Dipl. Verw., MA Phil, PCC
Own Your Brain. Own Your Life.™

Under this motto Sylvia works as an Executive Change Strategist helping corporate leaders to become change champions while gaining more control, efficiency and productivity with less stress.

Combining her years of experience as a corporate coach with cutting edge techniques in change management, neuroscience, emotional intelligence and Pro-EFT Sylvia expertly guides her clients to achieve quickly deep, lasting, life changing transformations that they report as nothing short of magical.



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