• by Jory Stillman - Mon, 2018-05-14 11:15
May , 2018
FastTrack at 50!
“I have learned much from my teachers. I have learned more from my colleagues than my teachers. But I have learned more from my students than from all of them.” (Babylonian Talmud)
Dear Friends,
In honor of our 50th cohort starting next week, this newsletter will kickoff a year dedicated to our most precious asset, past and present FastTrack participants. FastTrack participants span the globe and are bringing coaching to the varied fields of education, medicine, business, Human Resources, the Federal Government, non-profits, private practice, etc. 
Each month FastTrack will showcase a different FastTrack coach with information about how the coach’s skillset shows up in their work and life.
Last year FastTrack ran two cohorts for the Federal Government’s Treasury Executive Institute. Both FastTrack and the participants had a great learning experience! We were delighted to be chosen to contribute to the significant growth of executive coaching across so many agencies in the Federal Government. This first newsletter will highlight Dr. Stephen Pick, PPMD, an Organizational Development consultant with the Department of the Treasury.
Take Good Care,
Susan Sussman, M. Ed, MCC
Founder, FastTrack Coach Academy
FastTrack Coaches in the World
Stephen, an organizational development consultant with the Department of the Treasury, received his executive coach training from FastTrack Coach Academy in 2017. While new to executive coaching, Stephen is not new to helping people and groups realize their potential.

Stephen has had varied work experiences. He worked at a two-week residential Executive Development Program run by the Wharton Business School, where sixty C-level executives from 26 countries spent two weeks learning from world-renowned business leaders. When not in class, the executives created and ran a simulated business. Steve worked with other staff psychologists observing the executives as they interacted with each other. The theme of the two-week residential program was that “how” work is accomplished is just as important as “what” is accomplished. Understanding the relationship between “doing” (what you accomplish) and “being” (how you show up) is a foundational principle in Stephen’s coaching and in FastTrack coach training. 

Personally, Steve is blessed beyond measure to have a wife of sixteen years (2001), a healthy 12-year old daughter, and two fur babies (a dog and cat). 

How do you use coaching in your work? 

Coaching has made me a more effective consultant. As a consultant for sixteen years before formal executive coach training, I thought that I had “the answer” to clients' problems. Of course, I didn’t have the answer. At most, I had an opinion about how I might respond in a similar situation. There are at least two fallacies with that thinking: first, I wasn’t in that situation; and second, I’m a completely different person than my client.

Formal executive coach training helped drive home the fundamental concept of asking questions, not to help a client come to my answer, but to learn about the client’s perspective. I could only learn what was in my client’s best interest by asking questions. After all, my clients and I are discussing what is right for them, not what I would do if I were in their shoes. 

Now, whether I’m coaching or consulting, I ask many more questions. I work hard not to have preconceived notions about where or how the conversation should go because that doesn’t serve my clients. My role as a coach is to hold a mirror up to my clients so they can really see themselves. Whether they like what they see or want to make a change, I ask, “What do you need to start, stop, or change to become more of the person you want to be?” Clients’ answers are their own, not what I want for them, or what I might do. My work feels complete when I help clients achieve their goals in ways that are consistent with their values and ethics. 

To learn more about or connect with Stephen, click here:
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Character Coaching and Establishing Trust and Intimacy
Character Coaching suggests that who you are is as important, if not more important, than what you know. When demonstrating the first ICF Core Coaching Competency of Establishing Trust and Intimacy it’s very important to be aware of how you're “showing up” with the client. Before each session, in addition to getting ready logistically in ways like clearing your desk and putting your phone on mute, set an intention of how you want to “be” with your clients: empathetic, professional, kind, non-judgmental, actively listening, etc. Establishing Trust and Intimacy isn’t once and done. It’s an ongoing process, so being intentional about what we bring to the coaching engagement is an ongoing commitment that requires our constant attention.
60-hour Foundational Coach Training
Our next 60-hour Foundational Coach Training starts on May 2nd from 7-9 PM EST. 

FastTrack hasn't offered an evening class in a long time, and there are still a few spots left!

Click here for more information and here to sign up.
Special Offer
As a thank you, we want to offer a $100 discount when you register. Use the coupon code FTNEWWEB to receive your discount. Let us know when you've referred participants; when they register, we will send you a check for $100.
International Coaching Week 2018!

International Coaching Week 2018 will take place May 7–13, 2018.
Click here for more information and see how you can get involved!
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