Welcome to Professional Christian Coaching Today with Chris McCluskey and Kim Avery, a weekly podcast dedicated to informing, inspiring, and equipping Christians in the art and science of professional-grade Christian coaching. Along with cutting-edge content, you'll hear great interviews with guests such as Dan Miller, Michael Hyatt, Dr. Gary Collins, Kary Oberbrunner, Dr. Marilee Adams, Dr. Richard Swenson, C.J. Hayden and more. Our goal is to raise the standard in coaching and change the world.
Breaks, Vacations, and Unexpected Sabbaticals #424
Welcome back, everyone! Following Chris McCluskey's unexpected medical sabbatical, we're delighted to hit 'record' once again on a brand-new episode of the Professional Christian Coaching Today podcast. In today's conversation, we're diving into:
The latest update on Chris McCluskey's health journey The power of taking intentional breaks and vacations The challenges and hidden benefits of unplanned pauses Fresh changes to our podcast schedule and what you can expect in the year to come Join us as we explore how rest—both planned and unexpected—can be an enriching part of your personal and professional journey.
Coaching in Higher Education #423
Leadership development is a $350 billion industry across the globe and a portion of that money is spent on coaching. In the past, access to coaching was restricted to senior leaders, but what if that person got coached earlier? How would that impact their leadership skills, their workplace, their families, and their lives? A growing number of colleges and universities are excited by these possibilities and are offering coaching to students to help prepare them for leadership roles even before they’ve been hired.
Listen to today’s episode to learn:
How colleges and universities are incorporating coaching into their programs.
Potential opportunities for coaches to work in this capacity.
Measurement and metrics for coaching programs.
How coaches can find out about this work.
About Wende Gaikema
Wende is an executive and leadership coach who helps leaders develop their business and their people. Wende’s work includes executives and leaders building skills in leadership presence, EQ, influential communication, change management, personal and team effectiveness.
She works with leaders in corporate and non-profit settings, including coaching students at Rice and Vanderbilt Universities. Wende believes that everyone can be a leader as they choose to influence the world around them.
She is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation and holds certifications in leadership, career and brain-based coaching as well as in emotional intelligence. She comes to coaching out of a business background in sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble. Wende is also on the faculty at Professional Christian Coaching Institute.
5 Keys to Emotional Intelligence: www.coachwende.com
Leadership Reckoning: https://doerr.rice.edu/leadership-reckoning-book
ICF Converge presentation by Rice: https://learning.coachingfederation.org/products/1371/icf-converge-2019-coaching-emerging-leaders-in-the-defining-decade
How I Became an Entreleadership Coach #422
Coaches use their skills in a number of different ways and in a variety of settings. Today, Mike Howerton shares with us how his journey of self-discovery and self-leadership led him to a full-time position as an EntreLeadership Executive Coach with Ramsey Solutions.
Tune in to learn:
How to step out in faith, with a blurry vision, and then rely on the Lord to reveal the true vision for your business. Ways to blend the gifts and talents God’s given you to build a thriving career. New ways of thinking & being that can open doors you never thought possible. About Mike Howerton Mike serves as an EntreLeadership Executive Coach for Ramsey Solutions. He is skilled in partnering with leaders, giving them space to talk about what is really going on, as he helps them make decisions that are in alignment with what matters most so they can lead with confidence.
Prior to joining the EntreLeadership team, Mike spent most of his career in Nashville, TN, leading several teams for Embraer, the world’s 3rd largest aircraft manufacturer, as well leading an aircraft maintenance team for an international charter airline in Miami, FL.
As fulfilling as his profession can be, Mike’s greatest enjoyment comes from spending as much intentional time as he can with his wife and 4 children, as well as in his hobbies as an award winning beekeeper, market gardener, and managing his Christmas Tree Farm.
Greatest Hits: How I Became a Coach with Kris Kelso #421
This week, we are giving you a rare, behind-the-scenes view of what it really takes to become a professional coach. In this candid interview with Kris Kelso, PCC, you’ll hear the ups and downs, the successes and the mistakes Kris has experienced in his transition from owning a technology company to becoming an author, entrepreneur, and executive coach.
Tune in to learn the importance of:
Emphasizing mindset more than mechanics. Growing personally as well as professionally. Integrating multiple passions into a portfolio career. Figuring out the blend of services that’s right for you.
About Kris Kelso
Kris Kelso, PCC is an entrepreneur who has founded and run multiple companies in the technology and healthcare industries. Today, he works primarily as an executive coach, a keynote speaker, and a contributing author for publications including Fast Company, Yahoo Finance, and The Nashville Business Journal.
His book, “Overcoming The Impostor: Silence Your Inner Critic and Lead with Confidence“, offers entrepreneurs and leaders a practical look at impostor syndrome, and explores that inner voice that downplays our own accomplishments while amplifying those of others.
Kris has coached and consulted with hundreds of entrepreneurs, business owners, and their leadership teams. He is a faculty member at the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, an advisor and instructor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and has served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations.
He is an active member of Cornerstone Nashville, where he serves, teaches, and coaches other leaders. He lives with his wife and three teen aged sons in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee.
Connect with Kris at www.KrisKelso.com.
Greatest Hits: Spiritual Maturity: Finishing Well #420
Join us for a thought-provoking conversation on spiritual maturity and finishing well, a critical aspect of life for Christians and Christian coaches. Our guest, Bryan Brown, MCC, a Global Outreach Pastor and experienced executive and leadership coach, will provide insights on how to deepen our understanding of God’s purpose for our lives, how to align our thoughts, actions, and decisions with His will, and ways to increase our intimacy with Christ.
Join us as we explore:
A comprehensive definition of spiritual maturity. The reasons why some Christian leaders struggle to stay the course. The six essential traits of individuals who finish well. The coach-approach to aid clients in their spiritual growth. About Bryan Brown
Bryan Brown, MCC , loves helping leaders embrace their identity and calling, then live and lead as a follower of Christ. Bryan is the Global Outreach pastor at Perimeter church located in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. In addition to his role at Perimeter, Bryan enjoys being an executive and leadership coach where he works with leaders and churches around the world in areas of spiritual formation, leadership development, and healthy team dynamics.
Bryan lives in Johns Creek, GA together with Jackie, his wife of 30 years. They have three children and one very energetic golden retriever.
Bryan has a passion and track record for developing leaders so that they can effectively influence others for a lifetime. For more information on Bryan and his private coaching practice visit www.coachingtolead.com.
Greatest Hits: Becoming Comfortable in Questions #419
As Christian coaches we spend a lot of our time asking genuinely curious, open-ended, and exploratory questions so that our clients can wrestle and discover the answers that only they can find. Yet, most of us are not naturally comfortable sitting in question, but instead, prefer rushing to an answer. Today, Nancy Lopez, PCC, shares her own journey to becoming comfortable in questions.
Tune in to hear:
Why questioning is more than a skill, it’s a mindset. The importance of coaching the person, not the problem. How breathing can help center you in the moment. Ways to deepen your comfort level with questions.
About Nancy D. Lopez, PCC
Nancy is a former C-Level executive with a diverse background in Human Resources. She is a Certified Professional Leadership, Life and Career Management Coach and carries the ICF Professional Certified Coach designation (PCC).
Nancy’s demonstrated impact around leadership and career development with corporate professionals has led her to specialize her practice, NDL Leadership, LLC as a professional leadership and career transition coach and consultant. She works with emerging leaders to executive levels and has the reputation as a trusted partner who is approachable and credible. She’s also enjoys teaching and is on faculty with the Professional Christian Coaching Institute. Nancy helps leaders catch their breath so they can navigate with clarity the challenges they face.
A native Floridian and graduate of both Stetson University (BBA) and Penn State University (MSBA), Nancy resides in the Greater Rochester, NY area with her husband, Wayne and their two children, Nathan and Catherine. Nancy has a passion for immersing herself in God’s creation through travel, long walks, bird watching, sunrises, sunsets, good food, great espresso, and savoring moments with her family and friends.
You can learn more about Nancy at www.NDLLeadership.com and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancydlopez/ or contact at nlopez@NDLLeadership.com.
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This podcast is professionally done. It’s filled with useful, actionable information. Chris and Kim are authentic and personable. I’ve learned a lot and have been motivated to do more. Thank you.
A Rose Among Thorns
Loved the EFM episode. I would say that Kim was “a rose among thorns” for that interview, but all the Entrepreneurial Family Men were so honoring and so much fun to listen to....and the bond they share reminds me of the laughter of the Trinity. If I weren’t already training with PCCI to become a coach, I would sign up immediately after hearing Chris M, Chris N, Mike and Jamie talk about the freedom and fulfillment found in this field, where the harvest is ripe.