I went there thinking I had so much to give them. I came away humbled and grateful because they had given me so much more. Like most everyone else, I was moved to action by the harrowing impact of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City, and other hard-hit areas in the Philippines. My company, Benchmark Consulting, donated money and goods, some family members volunteered in the repacking operations of the Social Welfare, etc. But in the aftermath, I wanted to be able to help another way. So I offered my services as a coach and one client bank took up the offer,...

Coaching in the Philippines is a burgeoning practice that opens a new pathway for Filipinos to develop their fullest potential, personally and professionally. In the past decades, coaching was merely supplementary to a broad spectrum of human development interventions and was very loosely utilized. The most common notion of coaching was tied to athletic pursuits. Coaching as a scientific process, as a professional practice with global standards and ethics, was introduced in the country via Benchmark Consulting and ICF-Philippines chapter, which I both founded. Since then, the number of our coaching clients has consistently increased annually, including participants to our public...

If you are seriously considering becoming a certified professional coach either as an external executive coach or a life coach or an internal coach for a company, you probably have been doing a lot of research already about how to become one. And since doing a formal training in coaching is the first step, it’s possible that you may have come across multitudes of coach training programs and the plethora of options can be confusing. As practicing coaches for more than 10 years now, we, in Benchmark Consulting, have seen what the industry and the profession require. The following criteria will...

In my article last month, From Great to Outstanding, I discussed the concept of agility which determines who will stand out amongst those who have successfully moved from good to great. And there a hanging question which I promised to tackle in this issue: How do you build an agile culture? The process of building a culture of agility is a mix of science and art. Hence, there is no exact formula in executing it. It’s not rocket-science either. The framework or model to be used differs from one company to another. In my experience helping organizations create an agile culture,...

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