Paulina: What’s your story?
Anna: I’ve always been very ambitious, loyal and hardworking both in life & work. These characteristics helped me to build my professional brand & reputation and as a result to become very successful at work. Considered as a leadership talent, I took the lead on one of the biggest projects in my company. Using my passion, skills & competencies, I thrived in the successful delivery of a world class project. You may think I was happy and fulfilled. I thought so too. I hadn’t noticed the symptoms of fatigue which had been mounting up for years. Soon after, my health problems kicked in. Both mental & physical. Fortunately, the awakening came in time and I had enough courage to ask for professional help. Therapy, coaching & gym – 3 things which helped me to get back on track. Therapy helped me to leave some old stories behind, coaching to realize what is it that I want first, and the gym taught me to respect my body.
It seems you had a lot to work on. What was your biggest realization?
My biggest realization was that you need to take care of yourself first, to be able to take care of others (both at home & work). It’s about knowing your values and where the priorities are. It’s about your life & work purpose and what it is that you really want and how to get there.
What Core Energy™ really is and how does it differ from traditional coaching?
Let me explain how iPEC defines it. Traditional coaching is goal-oriented (clarify goals, create action plans and be accountable to them). This approach can be extremely effective in the short run while a person’s enthusiasm and energy are running high. It might not be sustainable in the long run. Why? Because with traditional coaching, most of the time we do not go deep enough to look into our inner blocks (so called blind spots) to find the root of most challenges. This might include limiting perspectives about the world, defeating thoughts, and outdated beliefs picked up from family, society, and the media. By addressing the “inside”, we help ourselves to open up for new opportunities and perspectives. This method enables you to know who you are, what you really want and how to get there.
Was that the same in your case?
Oh yes! Discovering my blind spots was very demanding and sometimes painful. However, it was necessary to become aware of what holds me back. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that I’ve already solved everything and there is nothing to work on. I still have my ‘’gremlins” coming out in some situations but because I’m aware of it, I can decide how I want to react.
I still have my ‘’gremlins” coming out in some situations but because I’m aware of it, I can decide how I want to react.
How did the Core Energy Coaching™ help you?
Together with my coach, we started with defining my values. And this made a huge difference as it turned out that what I had always considered as my values were all fear-based (coming from the place of deficiency). Defining conscious-based values from the scratch was like self-discovery and it helped me to take the next decisions. Right now, when I’m in doubt, I always ask myself a question – how does this situation or action honour my values? The values are the principles I live by and I see them as my drivers which make you tick. Together with addressing my blind spots, it enabled me to realize who I want to be and how to get there.
How did it lead you to become a Core Energy Coach™?
Throughout the last 2 years, I realized the power of professional coaching. I experienced Core Energy Coaching™ myself and this convinced me to get certification, with a mission to help leaders to take care of themselves first, and to be able to lead their teams successfully.
Why did you choose leaders as your coaching niche?
The method is very universal and the tools can be applied to any topic with all coaching situations. However, when I thought about where my heart is – it was always leadership. I believe I can use my experience & knowledge to make me more credible.
What makes you standing out from other coaches?
There are 11 core coaching competencies designed by International Coach Federation (ICF). In addition, there are 56 coaching competencies designed by iPEC. On top of that, there are 52 qualities of an iPEC certified professional coach (!). That’s a lot! That’s why iPEC comes up with help and defines 7 keys of coaching mastery and they are:
- presence in a moment,
At least 2 of them make a real difference. Being intuitive helps you to sense where to go next in the coaching conversation and being fearless helps you to ask the question which nobody else would ask.
Indeed, that’s a lot to take on! Where are you right now in this?
On May 19th I finished the last Module of iPEC training. It was very special day for me because of 2 reasons. This was the last day of our training in Amsterdam and it was also my 40th birthday. Perfect moment for some thinking time. What’s more I got my results of my own Energy Leadership Index™ assessment (ELI). ELI is an attitudinal assessment, not a personality-based one, which helps to identify how we view the world through filters based on our experiences, values and assumptions — they either limit what we see (like tunnel vision) or expand it (like a prism). Assessment helps to realize how our perception affects how we show up in different situations and could even be holding us back from realizing the full potential in ourselves, our life, and our career. For me it was another great realization how my lenses influence my life, my decisions and how I might limit myself. It also showed me what’s my default stress reaction – very powerful insight which explained my way of handling stressful situations.
Wow, this sounds impressive! So what convinced you to pick iPEC as your coaching school?
The main reason, was because I experienced this way of coaching myself and I know how tremendously it helped me to move forward. The other reason is my pure analytical thinking and facts 😊
When comparing the coaching schools, iPEC offers the most professional & extensive training which include, but are not limited to:
- 90 hours of Face-2-Face training;
- 48 hours of peer coaching;
- 12 hours of group coaching;
- 30 hours of webinars;
- 200+ pages of assignments incl. my own life review, my coaching philosophy and intentions setting;
- Open library with tools, quick start program, articles and much more.
How do you see it right now when you are almost finished?
From a time perspective, I also see another benefit – maybe the biggest one. Community. Community of coaches who support each other and who are open to share their experiences and are happy to help when needed. I’m sure we’ve created some long-time relationships.
What would you like me to wish you?
Firstly, passing the final certification! Secondly, having wonderful clients to work with. And finally, lots of health and positive (anabolic) energy moving forward.
In that case – have a successful exam, good luck with your clients and may the force (and energy) be with you!
Based on the conversation between Paulina Maslich and Anna Rząca
This article contains Dotway interpretation of the copyrighted work of Bruce D Schneider and the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC)