Leadership Coaching and the Aroma Freedom Technique – A Match Made in Heaven

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Leadership Coaching

Leadership Coaching Professionals are an amazing resource for any organization (for-profit and non-profit). An effective Leadership Coach can have noticeable impacts on employee outcomes. Recent studies have documented the positive effects on an employee’s well-being, attitude, self-efficacy, and most importantly, their productivity and attainment of individual goals (de Haan, Duckworth, Birch, & Jones, 2012; Jones, Woods, & Guillaume, 2016). The benefits to organizations from coaching are also evident in a manager’s ability to foster an environment of excitement and empowerment that maximizes team productivity, thus moving any business or organization forward toward established targets. Throughout my time working in foundations I have had the wonderful opportunity to experience and learn first-hand from some of the most effective Coaches in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

setting goals in the beginning is the easy part!

One of the interesting things that I have learned from a few of these Coaches – setting goals in the beginning is the easy part! You’ve already hired a Leadership Coach with specific goals in mind, right? You and your Coach get started, your Coach gets you on the right path, personal development is top priority, so you work on YOU first, etc. You move along with your weekly “assignments” and focus day in and day out on what your Coach says, because: 1) they have plenty of success stories, and 2) you’ve paid them to become one of those success stories. All is grand, you’re feeling strong, motivated, and on a mission for a few weeks…

Then you hit the three-month mark. You’ve let other things take priority, lost focus on the prize, and stopped doing the day-to-day steps you both agreed upon and implemented. Maybe you’ve had to cancel a meeting or two with your Coach because of X, Y and Z. So now you’re at a key point and not sure how you got there. You either, a) keep pushing forward, or b) blow it off and be “OK” with where you’re at now. Both are difficult because they each require a decision to be made.

George Bernard Shaw Quote

Aroma Freedom Technique

This is where the Aroma Freedom Technique can help all parties involved. AFT is designed to help you move forward toward your goals by removing the mental and emotional blocks that are holding you back. Through a series of 12 steps (often several of those steps are repeated in one session), a Certified AFT Practitioner guides a client through an exercise that incorporates imagery, aromatherapy, and the best portions of traditional psychological modalities. An average session takes anywhere from 10 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on the person, their blocks, and their goal.

Unlike traditional psychotherapy, at no point does the client have to share the details of any images, memories or thoughts that may arise. The beauty of this technique is that it’s equally as effective with little communication. Moreover, sessions can be performed virtually via Zoom or Skype, so a Certified AFT Practitioner does not need to be local in order to be of assistance. I have found these aspects to be a HUGE plus for businesses wanting to give that “kick in the pants” to their business plans.

The Aroma Freedom Technique also gives Coaches another tool to add to their current programs. In an article by Coutu and Kauffman (2009) in the Harvard Business Review, a case is made for the ability of coaches to respond in ways that are more than just a traditionally consultative role. Much like a Leadership Coach, an effective, well-trained AFT Practitioner utilizes the combined, balanced effects of consulting and non-traditional therapy which results in a profound impact on the client.

Whether you are the Leadership Coach or the Client, next time you feel a little (or a lot) stuck and need something to jolt you back onto your success path, try incorporating the Aroma Freedom Technique. It can only improve your business development and help you to reach your personal goals as well.

You can find out more about the Aroma Freedom Technique on my website. Contact me for a session, or to learn more about AFT and Executive Coaching.

References

Coutu, D., & Kauffman, C. (2009, January). What can coaches do for you? Harvard Business Review. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/

de Haan, E., Duckworth, A., Birch, D., & Jones, C. (2013). Research: The contribution of common factors such as relationship, personality match, and self-efficacy. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 65(1), 40-57. doi:10.1037/a0031635

Jones, R. J., Woods, S. A., * Guillaume, Y. R. F. (2016). The effectiveness of workplace coaching: A meta-analysis of learning and performance outcomes from coaching. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 89, 249-277. doi:10.1111/joop.12119

 
 

Leadership Coaching

Leadership Coaching Professionals are an amazing resource for any organization (for-profit and non-profit). An effective Leadership Coach can have noticeable impacts on employee outcomes. Recent studies have documented the positive effects on an employee’s well-being, attitude, self-efficacy, and most importantly, their productivity and attainment of individual goals (de Haan, Duckworth, Birch, & Jones, 2012; Jones, Woods, & Guillaume, 2016). The benefits to organizations from coaching are also evident in a manager’s ability to foster an environment of excitement and empowerment that maximizes team productivity, thus moving any business or organization forward toward established targets. Throughout my time working in foundations I have had the wonderful opportunity to experience and learn first-hand from some of the most effective Coaches in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

setting goals in the beginning is the easy part!

One of the interesting things that I have learned from a few of these Coaches – setting goals in the beginning is the easy part! You’ve already hired a Leadership Coach with specific goals in mind, right? You and your Coach get started, your Coach gets you on the right path, personal development is top priority, so you work on YOU first, etc. You move along with your weekly “assignments” and focus day in and day out on what your Coach says, because: 1) they have plenty of success stories, and 2) you’ve paid them to become one of those success stories. All is grand, you’re feeling strong, motivated, and on a mission for a few weeks…

Then you hit the three-month mark. You’ve let other things take priority, lost focus on the prize, and stopped doing the day-to-day steps you both agreed upon and implemented. Maybe you’ve had to cancel a meeting or two with your Coach because of X, Y and Z. So now you’re at a key point and not sure how you got there. You either, a) keep pushing forward, or b) blow it off and be “OK” with where you’re at now. Both are difficult because they each require a decision to be made.

 
George Bernard Shaw Quote

Aroma Freedom Technique

This is where the Aroma Freedom Technique can help all parties involved. AFT is designed to help you move forward toward your goals by removing the mental and emotional blocks that are holding you back. Through a series of 12 steps (often several of those steps are repeated in one session), a Certified AFT Practitioner guides a client through an exercise that incorporates imagery, aromatherapy, and the best portions of traditional psychological modalities. An average session takes anywhere from 10 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on the person, their blocks, and their goal.

Unlike traditional psychotherapy, at no point does the client have to share the details of any images, memories or thoughts that may arise. The beauty of this technique is that it’s equally as effective with little communication. Moreover, sessions can be performed virtually via Zoom or Skype, so a Certified AFT Practitioner does not need to be local in order to be of assistance. I have found these aspects to be a HUGE plus for businesses wanting to give that “kick in the pants” to their business plans.

The Aroma Freedom Technique also gives Coaches another tool to add to their current programs. In an article by Coutu and Kauffman (2009) in the Harvard Business Review, a case is made for the ability of coaches to respond in ways that are more than just a traditionally consultative role. Much like a Leadership Coach, an effective, well-trained AFT Practitioner utilizes the combined, balanced effects of consulting and non-traditional therapy which results in a profound impact on the client.

Whether you are the Leadership Coach or the Client, next time you feel a little (or a lot) stuck and need something to jolt you back onto your success path, try incorporating the Aroma Freedom Technique. It can only improve your business development and help you to reach your personal goals as well.

You can find out more about the Aroma Freedom Technique on my website. Contact me for a session, or to learn more about AFT and Executive Coaching.

 

References

Coutu, D., & Kauffman, C. (2009, January). What can coaches do for you? Harvard Business Review. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/

de Haan, E., Duckworth, A., Birch, D., & Jones, C. (2013). Research: The contribution of common factors such as relationship, personality match, and self-efficacy. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 65(1), 40-57. doi:10.1037/a0031635

Jones, R. J., Woods, S. A., * Guillaume, Y. R. F. (2016). The effectiveness of workplace coaching: A meta-analysis of learning and performance outcomes from coaching. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 89, 249-277. doi:10.1111/joop.12119