Today, we are featuring one of the graduates from our Certified Professional Integrative Coach training program. Tamica Sears graduated from the Institute for Integrative Intelligence in Fall of 2016. She owns Sears Coaching which offers coaching and consulting services to Human Resource Departments. She also offers corporate group coaching and individual sessions.
We love celebrating the successes of our students, and we hope her story inspires you on your personal coaching journey.
My Coaching Story
by: Tamica Sears
When I came to coaching, I was an HR professional who thought that I knew what coaching was, but I didn’t. In a previous company, I had been given coach, and it was a horrible experience for me personally. I spent a lot of time thinking that coaching was awful for everyone. Then I changed companies, and they had a coaching program that was vastly different from the previous organization. It was there that I saw what coaching could do for leaders and wanted to learn more about it and how it could enhance my performance as an HR professional.
Coach training with the Institute for Integrative Intelligence allowed me to open my eyes to a much wider range of thoughts, ideas, and experiences. The coaching that I received as part of my training made me a better person, at work and at home. I learned how to be a judgment-free zone which helped significantly with my ability to work with leaders. Being an unbiased sounding board didn't come easily to me. I wanted to bring my own thoughts, ideas, and solutions to the conversation. But coach training helped me discover that not only am I not always right, but that it is vitally important to have different thoughts and ideas presented as solutions to get to the best result.
My time at the Institute also helped me learn how to give people grace, hold a space for them, slow down, advocate for the needs of others, and so many other transformations. I have learned that silence isn't awkward, it's necessary. And asking versus telling is so much more powerful.
Coaching is currently going better than I expected! It was hard for me to learn something new later in life, so I wasn't sure how well it would go. But as part of my training, I started really examining my limiting beliefs, my "stinkin thinkin" as I like to call it. That has helped me reframe what I thought was possible. Now, I run my business full-time, and I do what I love.
Through my coaching business, I am able to help leaders create better work environments. I wish I'd had someone who wanted that when I was earlier in my career. It would have been extremely beneficial. Coaching has added exceptional people and experiences to my life. I am extremely grateful to have been a part of a coach training program that emphasizes community and continuous learning.
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