One of the questions coaches ask when working with clients is, “What do you value?” If I asked you that, could you list your top ten values? Often I find that when people list things out, they’ll say, “This is what I value—this is it!” and it makes complete sense at the time. But it’s only a piece of paper. Oftentimes they’re not living in direct correlation to that. “Well, why is that?” you might ask. Wyatt Woodsmall says that if you ask someone specifically what they value, they’re going to tell you what they think their heart should feel. So values really come from the heart. But when I ask a question, it intellectually comes from the mind. So …
VIDEO: Chris Yonker asks, “What’s Your Vice?”
What’s Your Vice? Are you addicted to being busy? Now wait. Before I go any further, I want you to pay attention. I mean you may actually already have something else up on your screen or you might be in another conversation. The fact of the matter is we’re trying to multitask so much today it’s profoundly ridiculous. If I followed you around with a notepad and recorded how much focused time you spent on a specific thing, what would it be? I mean 100 percent being present. Think about that. As a celebrity or as an entrepreneur or as an executive. How much focused time do you spend on any given task? We’ll take notes. That’s an external track. …
Where Executive Coaching Often Fails in the C-Suite
CEOs like you often find themselves in a quandary when they need someone to confide in or share ideas with. No one else in the company faces equivalent problems and decisions, and your peers can often be competitors—hardly the people you want to entrust with that kind of information. This divide can be hard to navigate. I look at my role as to help bridge that primary disconnect through individual coaching and by becoming a trusted confidante and sounding board. Beyond that, I often see another disconnect that individual coaching may not mend: between the CEO and the executive team. While individual coaching has tremendous benefits to you personally, your executive team may still feel a need to hide their …
VIDEO: Chris Yonker Speaks on Removing Self-Interest
In this video, the second in a series on building Elite teams, Chris Yonker speaks on the importance of removing self-interest and taking politics out of your organization. Executive teams must have the ability to generate trust within their teams. Patrick Lencioni describes trust as “the ability to be vulnerable.” Being vulnerable means removing ego that so often leads to dysfunctional behavior. By creating trust and encouraging vulnerability, executive teams can begin to understand the paradigms and models of the world that drive the behavior of their team, allowing them to create positive conflict and hold each other accountable. These are the necessary strategies for teams that operate with optimal performance.
VIDEO: Chris Yonker asks “Who Do You Really Think You Are?”
Chris Yonker asks you to examine who you really think you are. It is a question many people have been asked since childhood. Our belief about who we are was not programmed in us at birth, but filtered from our experiences up until this point. In many cases, who we think we are is not based on truth. In this video, Chris gives you a helpful exercise to determine your beliefs about yourself, and which of them are empowering and those that are not and encourages you to work with a coach to change your hallucinations. Life is about transformation and growth which can be obtained by being more conscious about who you really think you are.
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