I get it: As a small business owner, your top priority is growing your business.
I also understand that you’re passionate about reaching your goals and achieving success.
Like most of my business clients, you’re probably concerned about:
• Attracting customers
• Keeping pace with technology
• Managing people, resources, and time
You’re running a business. This means you’re already a problem solver. But sometimes, you might find yourself “stuck”–and can’t find a way to move forward.
As a business coach, I’m not going to sell you a quick fix. Instead–through coaching–I will help you stop, take a step back, and see your situation from a different perspective. I help you to think about your obstacles in entirely new ways, to view them from a different vantage point.
As a business coach, I help small business owners:
• Get back on track
• Anticipate future challenges
• Adapt to fast-moving technology
• Take full advantage of digital media
• Regain your power by learning to think in new ways
One of my main goals is to help business owners stand out in a crowd.
Get people talking about what your doing and how your doing it differently.
This first video is the capturing of the footage me explaining what we were going for. Also a little shameless plug about my own ability to help clients not only have a website but to take ownership of it and use it to outrank and outperform their competition.
This second video is the polished version that came out beautifully.
If you would be interested in how we can create a unique commercial or website design or content. Feel free to call so we can discuss what your goals are and how I can help you make them come true.
- Kansas City LGBT Guild Therapist doing great work
LGBT individuals are less likely to seek healthcare, feel alienated by the healthcare community, and in some cases are not given the same level of care as the rest of the community.
Sexual heath and how it is shaped and or ignored by the healthcare system has created a disparity in the quality and accessibility of healthcare available to minorities, and sexual minorities in particular, is a growing concern. In March of 2011 The Institute of Medicine reported that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people have unique health needs, but that little is known about what those needs are. The Lancet Medical Journal followed with an April 2011 article stating that a large number of healthcare practitioners are not well informed about how to care for LGBT health concerns, particularly the needs of transgender individuals. Many of those that are still have psychological barriers to asking probing questions about sex due to a concern of not knowing what to do with that information once they have it. An article in The Journal of Counseling Psychology pointed out that even well-meaning providers may exhibit certain levels of heterosexist micro-aggressions, or subtle attitudes that convey a negative connotation about an individual’s LGBT identity.
In response to this growing need, a number of therapists in the Kansas City community have started an organization dedicated to serving the health needs of LGBT individuals and their families. The LGBT-Affirmative Therapists Guild of the Greater Kansas City area is a grassroots organization of licensed mental and medical health professionals, as well as students-in-training. They share a collaborative commitment to make affirming culturally competent healthcare available for all sexual minorities based on the premise that LGBT and heterosexual identities are equally valid. Their website (lgbtguild.com) provides consumers and practitioners with referrals and resources for LGBT health and advocacy concerns.
Members of the Guild meet at various times throughout the year for consultation and education regarding the healthcare concerns of sexual and gender minorities. They are available to speak to businesses or organizations about LGBT related concerns. They are also happy to promote any public activities, groups, or events that enhance an understanding of LGBT people and their concerns. Membership in the Guild is free of charge and open to those from various disciplines and of any sexual orientation.
- Differences in Coaching
HOW DO CONSULTING, COACHING AND THERAPY DIFFER?
Consulting: Coaching is a form of consulting, but the coach stays with you to help you implement the new skills, changes and goals to make sure they really happen.
Therapy: Coaching is not therapy. There are some large areas of overlay and skills that both a therapist and a coach uses. Coaches don’t work on “issues” or get into the past or deal much with understanding individual human behavior and motivation. Rather, they help move you forward with focus on setting and achieving personal and professional goals that will provide the life you really want.
Some might hear the word “coach” and think football. But athletic coaches generally are in charge, setting the goals and the path to victory. With lifecoaches, it’s the client who sets the goals.
The International Coaching Federation said there are 16,000 coaches worldwide, hundreds of schools offering training, as well as an endless variety of subjects: health, relationship, spiritual, creativity, business, career, acting, sewing, gardening, dating, parenting, divorce.
Coaching isn’t therapy, It often is very practical, focusing on actions a person can take to reach goals. Unlike therapists, coaches don’t focus on the childhood experiences that might be the root of the way a person lives or feels.
There’s also a difference between getting help from a coach and getting help from family and friends. Loved ones might be influenced by the past and long-held expectations.
Coaching relies on a set of skills: active listening, asking powerful questions, communicating directly.
I follow the guidelines from the International Coach Federation (IFC). The IFC holds its members to a higher level of professionalism.
The value that my clients get is hard to put into words and that is why I try to let my clients speak for me. I think my clients do a better job of selling me than I do of selling myself.
You can see and hear some of my clients tell you what they get from me on my testimonial page.
Here is what I hope to achieve. Helping people realize their dreams. Each client has a different dream. What is your dream?
The fact that you are visiting my site means you probably are already considering hiring a coach. You’re probably wondering how it can make business sense. Your also probably wondering, ‘Is this Chuck Franks the right guy for me.’ Let me see if I can shed a little light on who I am and what I believe in so you can make that decision and choose to contact me about having a conversation. Here is an overview of some of my thoughts, beliefs and feelings around how I work and what my clients accomplish by working with me.
My personal philosophy of Coaching
I’ve been a coach my entire life. My training as a counselor gave me a strong education and background to work with. The basics of Reality theory are about clarifying the truth and then doing something about it, taking action.
I get excited about coaching when a client has an “AHA moment”. A shift happens and they can instantly see the world from a new place in a new way. It is simply amazing. It’s definitely what drives and excites me. I work with my clients and we move forward together through the process of reaching their goals creating the life they truly want.
Even though I get excited from “AHA moments”, I get even more excited when my clients tell me stories about how they see direct results from the work we do together.
It’s not enough just to be an optimist because it’s not enough just to focus on the part of the glass half-full you have to focus on the skill set that’s going to allow you to fill the glass completely full which is ultimately the expectation that we have in life these days.
We expect to be a live have a fulfilling career and a full social life we expect this level of happiness and satisfaction that we can have it all and we can is just a matter of appreciating what is that we already have and then focusing on how to attain what is that we don’t have yet not focusing out with one what we don’t have the focusing on the steps that will achieve obtaining that
How my experience fills a need for my potential clients is that because of my counseling psychology background I have a unique ability to bring therapy skills to the coaching process. I clearly state that I don’t do therapy however there is some crossover in technique and skills that bring a unique experience to my clients based on my past experience.
- Chuck Franks Kansas City Life Coach on International Coaching Week
International Coaching Week. We are currently celebrating this week and offering many opportunites for individuals to ask questions and decide if coaching can help them achieve their dreams. As a coach I am always striving to help my clients do more.
Here is something I share with clients.
Living your own life:
We are all living the life that we choose. Sometimes we don’t want to look at the fact that the choices that we make lead to the life that we have.
If you want a different life you have to start making different choices. You have to look at what the choices that led up to it and then decide what you want and decide what choices need to be made to make the changes you want to see.
I often talk about how you are the CEO of our own life and yet people don’t view their life as something that they are in charge of.
How do you take charge of your life? What choices do you need to make to affect the change you desire?
Take an honest assessment and then map out a game plan for the changes. A coach can help you stay on path to impliment that game plan.
I hope this helps you. If I can be of any further assistance feel free to reach out to me.
Chuck Franks, PCC
- Giving back to Kansas City Coaching Community
I’ve been asked as a past president to come back and speak on a panel of leaders to the Kansas city coaching community. If anyone is interested they can also sign up for it tomorrow Jan. 11, 2013. You can find it at HeartlandCoaches.org
The coaching profession has come a long way over our very short history. We owe a great deal to those leaders and visionaries who have contributed so much to help pave the way to where we are now.
How did we get here?
Where are we going?
What will we (the collective we of our chapter and our profession) create for tomorrow?
What role will you play?
Our goal is to understand what the landscape and industry looked like when our chapter was a baby, and what that growth has been like through the eyes of our Past Presidents. Launching from that perspective, we will tap into their thoughts and your vision about where you see coaching going as a profession, an industry, and what that means for our chapter and our members.
We will prepare questions for our panel in advance so they can provide thoughtful, insightful, and maybe even provocative answers.
Here is the bio I sent them:Chuck has a background in Counseling and his coaching practice was an extension of his past work. Chuck worked for and ended up managing the Counseling Department for the Excelsior Springs Job Corps, managing a staff of 12 and responsible for over 500 students educational and mental health needs. He was still working on finishing the College of Executive Coaching program and working toward becoming an ICF credentialed coach when he was asked to help lead. He remembers thinking, “Organizing a small group of coaches seemed like an easy task. How hard could it be?” It did not turn out to not be so easy. He remembers hearing the phrase, “herding cats” quite often.Chuck’s primary goal as president was to create an organization with a strong foundation wasn’t tied to any one person’s personality. Not dependent upon his leadership but could be handed off and lead by someone else.Group goals1) Increase awareness. Not everyone will choose to join, but every coach in Kansas City should know about us to make that choice.2) Affiliate with ICF. Create bylaws that allow for local participation but not mandate ICF affiliation.3) Create a space that allows for diversity of thought about a coaching practice means.4) Make sure each meeting has something meaningful that adds value to attendees life or business.5) Be Kansas City’s coaching organization educate, raise awareness and participate in the community.I’m very proud of the work that not only I did but of the other coaches that supported me during my tenure as President. Leadership brings many challenges, and with those challenges opportunites for growth. I owe a great debt of grattitude to the community and am honored to be able to once again step into a role to share and give back.
- Feel like Michael Phelps an Olymipic Gold winner in your work day
Given the Olympic fever and Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympian in history it only seems appropriate that I would draw on a sports metaphor to help a client get grounded.
My coaching client has been struggling with some managerial roles lately. He is getting frustrated that his progress isn’t linear. Meaning he isn’t seeing direct, straight-forward, one foot in front of the other, upwardly climbing progress.
First I had to give him permission to let go of that concept. Improvement is never just forward, especially when you’re dealing with people. The fact that he has been able to even see some of the minor success and positive progress is for this client huge.
In the middle of our session I go off topic and interject with asking him how his backhand on his tennis game is. I saw a hint of instant frustration flash across his face cause he was trying to tell me about his lack of progress at work.
Then, there it was a huge smile started forming across his face and he started shaking his head as I went in to ask the next question. How many times do you have to practice your backhand shot to improve it? He said “I see it, Thanks. I get it now I have to practice the skills I want to improve at work.” He went on to say, “I have to look for the improvement not the shot that went out of bounds. Or focus on how the opponent keeps hitting to my backhand.” Each time your opponent hits to your backhand, You get stronger.
My approach to coaching is to listen to what someone is struggling with and then help him or her see the same thing through a different lens. Allowing them to bring it back home to what we are talking about. I’m flying a little high myself feeling like I just won a Gold medal as I sit here in my office in front of my computer screen in Kansas City MO as my client is rushing off to work in Irvine CA.