Phil Answers Top Questions
What vision do you have for your life and your coaching practice?
My vision for my life is to enjoy optimal health and have outrageous fun.
Most coaching practices are one-on-one. My coaching practice is unique in that it is one-on-many and virtual. For example, I use one-on-many tools like teleseminars, video tutorials, webinars, online newsletters, ezine articles, MP3’s, blogging and social media – like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
My vision for my coaching practice is to blend what I love to do with what people are most hungry for. Frederich Beuchner said that your spiritual calling is the place where your deepest gladness and the world’s deepest hunger meet.
What are the top three things you love about coaching?
- Listening – I enjoy listening to what people (and groups of people) most want. “Listening” is totally underrated as a communication skill. But, I’ve found it to be extremely valuable, especially in high-stress times.
- Co-Creating – I love to co-create. So, coaching allows me to partner with individuals and groups to solve immediate challenges, such as getting more customers.
- Working from home – With tools like the phone and the Internet, I can set own schedule, reach a wider audience, be more productive, write off much of my housing expenses, and show up to work in my PJ’s.
Before I started coaching I …
I was a learning-system designer in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, as well as a college administer, entrepreneurial grant writer, grant manager and grant writing professor.
What makes you laugh?
My friend Kim’s giggles. Stupid movies, like the Jerk. My brothers’ practical jokes, like meeting me and my girlfriend at the airport dressed up like nerds and acting totally obnoxious. My own songs-on-the-spot and “inside jokes” that result in belly laughs and my toes wiggling.
The legacy I want to leave behind is …
is similar to the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson. A successful life, he wrote, is …
“To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; This is to have succeeded.”
Who are your top three people you would want to coach and why?
- Professionals (coaches, entrepreneurs and educators) – I would love to coach them around how to “listen” to their markets, be more productive, and create new products and funding streams, especially recurring revenue ones.
- Local business owners – Today, more people look for local merchants online than in the phone book or newspaper. I would love to coach local business owners on how to compete with the big boys using the power of the Internet as it relates to getting more local customers.
- Nonprofit and charity staff – Tax-exempt organizations are being asked to do more with less. For 22 years, I’ve developed and tested one of the leading “grant leads” and “grant writing” systems in the country. Through coaching and new product enhancement, I would love to coach, teach and mentor nonprofit staff in sustainability and productivity tools.
What were the greatest benefits you received from studying at the Hendricks Institute?
- Freedom to be authentic and outrageous
- A model of integrity that is immediately accessible to anyone
- Power of belonging to a community of committed learners
- A world-class curriculum tapping the power of relationships
- Simple, yet profound self-growth models, like “drift and shift”
- Lots of outrageous fun, too!
I’m reading “The Google Story” right now. I am inspired by how Google has, in such a short period of time (just 5 years), completely changed how most of us look for and find “relevant” information quickly.
What brings you the most joy in your day to day life?
Laughing, jogging, laughing (oh, I said that already ☺ ), listening, joking with friends
The movie that inspired me most was "Seabiscuit". Why?
I loved how the movie wove together the history of the U.S. moving through the beginnings of the auto industry and post-Depression era. I was inspired by the synchronistic story about the lives of 3 men … a successful business man who lost his son, a jockey who did whatever he needed to do to survive, a horse trainer who always spoke the truth … and the under-sized racing horse who beat the odds … and inspired a nation.
Top 10 things I couldn’t live without?
- My health
- The Internet
- Running shoes
- Foods I like, like salads, spaghetti and peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches
- People whose eyes light up when you walk in the room … for me, these are my dearest friends Kim and Linda … both with whom I developed friendships being in the Hendricks Institute
- Spring water
- Clean air to breathe
My coaching journey started as a result of applying a “manifestation tool” from the Hendricks Institute that resulted in me discovering the quickest way to write my 2nd master’s thesis and even get a grant to pay me to write it.
My passion and genius is to co-create with experts tools that empower individuals and businesses to be more successful. While at the Hendricks Institute, I has the unique opportunity to collaborate with Gay Hendricks, Kathlyn Hendricks and other apprentices to co-create a variety of transformational products like the Genius Course Online (http://GeniusCourse.net), books, training programs, teleseminars, CD’s and DVD’s.
Genius begets genius. By being in relationship with geniuses at the top of their game like Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks, my genius and the genius of others gets called forth and has an opportunity to be seen and nurtured.
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