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Range of Engagement

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No matter what you do, there is always some form of motivation that drives your level of engagement. Some are influenced by internal influences (within the person) and other are more associated with external factors (other people). With the workforce, this has applicability in terms of how employees are motivated and, consequently, at what level they might perform. With this in mind, let’s assess the various levels of engagement necessary to support an outcome? This can be best illustrated by drawing, in part, from the iPEC Coaching Range of Engagement Model.

engagementLevel 1 – Have to

This implies that an external force is being applied and that there is limited or no choice. When somebody is in this mode, they are not fully vested in the outcome, will only do what they have to and unless you continue to apply the force, nothing additional will happen. Fear of consequence drives this level. People also tend to blame others and feel as though they are victims of their circumstances with perceived little or no control. Energy levels are low and people will only do what is asked of them.

Level 2 – Need to

In this situation, there is a limited amount of power coming from within but some external force is still at work. These two combined factors compel the individual to have some choice that might be either consequential or to their benefit. This reflects where many people actually exist within their organizations where the benefit of rewards (pay, promotion, etc) is often in conflict with the fear of consequence (being disciplined or losing one’s job). This see saw affect depletes energy and very often takes away from people giving of their best.

Level 3 – Choose to

This is the ideal situation and is where individuals perform at their best. Even though the other drivers exist, at this level of engagement the true power comes from within. When you are a player rather than a victim, you put yourself in a position of choice; you are able and willing to roll with whatever happens. Entrepreneurs are drawn to this as their likelihood of success is directly related to their ability to achieve optimal performance. This level is characterized by high levels of energy, resiliency, not being adverse to risk and feeling passionate about what you are doing.

The Energy Gap

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For many years I have been very curious as to what really enables performance at the optimum level. In fact I was of the belief that if you had the technical knowledge and the people skills (via personality type and emotional intelligence) to compliment this, then you had the full package. However there is a missing component – the energy to project this complex machine forward in the desired direction. If using a car as a metaphor, it’s like having a fully functioning car plus a very capable driver but forgetting to put in the gasoline.Z

iPEC Coaching, in its ground breaking work, has proposed that one’s energy holds the key! It can be influenced by many variables and unlocks optimal performance. iPEC are taking many of the fundamentals of Life and Business Coaching and seeking to use these directly with athletes relative to their excelling on a consistent basis. One key element of this is understanding the role of energetic presentation. This speaks to one’s motivation and the degree of stress at a given point in time and essentially is the “level of gas” in the tank at that moment.

energyAs an example for golfers, think about that moment on the first tee; for most of us it’s not a good feeling and very often is the precursor for poor performance. Constant practice alone or expensive equipment is not sufficient. In order to fully understand one’s energetic presentation relative to your golf game you must look at it in the context of the following six variables:

  • Spiritual – what’s your purpose for playing golf?
  • Mental – how do you respond to competition?
  • Emotional – what happens when you have a really bad hole?
  • Physical – do you get tired before finishing a round?
  • Social – who don’t you like to play with and why?
  •  Environmental – are you a fair weather player?

These influencers all have a bearing on how you show up energetically and, whether you are a professional or amateur, they have a huge impact on your ability to perform to your own potential. Ever wonder why athletes have bad days?

Coaching 101 – What is it?

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In the purest sense coaching is about utilizing specific skills and tools effectively to facilitate a discussion of client self discovery, and support them towards the attainment of desired results. Coaches may certainly share their knowledge but the undertone is one of empowering and enabling on the part of the coach, and then accepting responsibility and taking action on the part of the client. The real work of coaching is not what happens during sessions, it’s what clients do between sessions.

At iPEC Coaching we look at two fundamental sets of skills.

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