Is it time for
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
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 email@example.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
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
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
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
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
form and send it back to me via email at
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
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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