How does the different areas of the brain respond to the coaching process?
Andy Habermacher, a master certified coach with the ICF from Switzerland addressed the South Florida Chapter of the International Coach Federation in July to get us up to speed on the latest in brain research and how coaching affects the brain.
Ideally you will have strength in all the areas listed and not use one to compensate for another. Each area of the brain has its own chemicals for triggering increase or decrease in motivation in regards to that area.
I will review all five based on the acronym SCOAP and walk you thru how to “self coach” yourself through a decision or dilemma using this model.
How do you feel about yourself?
Are you a good person?
Do you know how to do your job well?
How do you feel you perform your other roles in life like spouse, parent, and volunteer?
This one word summarizes similar concepts like self-actualization, self awareness, and self-acceptance.
If you feel confident in your abilities and worth of love, respect, and consideration it will be reflected in your personal and professional life. If you do not, it is to compensate in one of the other areas below.
Are you in control of your different environments?
Will people follow you and do what you say?
Or do you feel invisible, ignored, and disempowered?
If you have a high ranking leadership position, how you use your control affects how your team performs. If you are at the bottom of the organization performing routine tasks, having a feeling control makes a huge difference in their productivity.
Are you in sync with the environment and culture around you?
Do you know what normal is and how you relate to that normal?
When we make a major life change, our orientation gets turned upside down. Promotions, being laid off, changing relationships, getting married or divorced, having children are all events that throw off our orientation to the world around us.
Onboarding is the process of helping new leaders in new organizations get orientated between the culture the left and the company culture they are moving into. 40% of leaders fail to get their orientation straight within 18 months creating a big loss for both the company and the individual.
If you really want to feel disoriented, travel abroad to a new culture. The first three days of my trip to India in 2010 threw me for a loop. I did not know how to do anything! Traveling on the roads was a complete loss of control and I had no idea what the "rules" of the road were! It was easy to beat myself up over mistakes that cost us time, but in the end we able to "orientate" to the country and I can't wait to make a return trip now that I have some idea of what to expect.
It is natural for us to form attachments to individuals, things, the past, and things yet to come in the future. Divorce is so hard for many people because they have a deep attachment to a future that will no longer play out the way they had anticipated which throws off their orientation to the world. A house, a car, a title, or a status can be changed and invoke an problem with attachment. Healthy attachment is what keeps our community together, it is the bond of friendship up to the highest loyalty you can imagine.
We create attachments to who we are at work and the role we play. Career changes can create deep shifts in self-esteem depending on the work we do, how it is valued, and the difference we make.
This is brain basics. We all want to avoid pain and seek out pleasure. Pleasure is what if the higher functions that adds to our humanity. We don't just do things because we have to, but because it feels good. There is a pleasure that comes from being in the state of “flow” in our work. Getting lost in it. Pleasure cal also become a procrastination to getting the hard work done that we need to do to move forward in our lives.
Now try it yourself, right now!
So if you are having a challenging situation, you can self coach yourself by simply thinking about the issue and scoring yourself on a scale of 1-5 on these five dimensions of the brain. I used this recently with an opportunity with my favorite not-for-profit South Florida Reef Research Team to partner with another not-for-profit on sharing research.
My Self-esteem was a 4, I know both organizations well and I can function between them. The level of control was a 1. I know that after the partnership, I will not have much control in the organization nor will I have any control over how the data we share will be used either scientifically or commercially. I just found the heart of my concern in less that 5 minutes! Our orientation between the two groups is a 5 on paper. We both was to collect long term data and make it available to anyone in a position to positively improve the quality of our ocean environment.
After a deeper look, the partner may really wanting to appear to take credit for our work instead of promoting our findings. That dropped the orientation score to a 2. Needless to say, after volunteering over 10 years, hundreds of hours and a few thousand dollars, my attachment level is a 5! My pleasure in this decision would be a 5 if someone used our data to influence policy. As it is right now, knowing the data is in a shoebox under a bed and CD-ROM hidden in the back of my desk, I can no pleasure in just storing it.
So looking back at what I just discovered about myself. I am attracted to the opportunity to take pleasure in my hard work and give up publishing control IF the orientation is truly the same. If not, and the data is being used for self serving commercial purposes, I will not have the control to stop it and I will suffer a decrease in pleasure instead of an increase.
Wow, what a relief!
Now I have some clarity about how I need to clear on the orientation before making a decision!
In 27 minutes over the phone, we can take a look at any issue, personal or profession and run a "SCOAP Check" to see where you are add and how you need to move forward? Click here to schedule a time on my calendar that is convenient to you right now!
Learn more about Andy Harbermacher at http://andyhabermacher.com/