ABOUT COACH CENTRAL 
We are a coach referral and coaching resource site dedicated to the ethical advancement of the Coaching Profession, the development of human potential and the liberation of the human spirit.
  • We help clients find great highly trained coaches that are passionate about making a difference.
  • We help coaches build their practices and further their professional development.
  • We help people create and live more effective, fulfilling and balanced lives.
Coach Central was created by professional coaches who care deeply about coaching, and the coaching profession. We want to see clients, coaches and the coaching profession prosper, and so we are very picky about the Coaches who work with us.

Essentially, we put ourselves in the shoes of clients and asked what they would want. So we choose to associate with kind, smart, coaches with integrity, who are passionate about what they do and are as highly trained and experienced as possible.

To learn more about some of our Coach Central coaches, click on COACHES.

WHY WE ARE HERE 
As coaches, we love what we do. And everyday we see the value that coaching provides to our clients. We find it deeply satisfying to get to know a client and find out what is really important to them. And to play a significant role in helping clients define who they really are, what they most want to accomplish, and then to actually be there and help them do it - well it may not be magic, but it is always magical.

In addition to our clients, we respect and care about the profession of coaching. Compared to other professions, coaching is in its infancy. We would like to see more people access and benefit from coaching. We would like to help coaches become better coaches. We would like to see coaches taking pride in mastering their craft and enjoy the fruits of a successful practice, doing what they love. We would like to see the highest standards emerge to govern the training and certification of coaches, so that this profession preserves the trust and respect of the public.
MORE BACKGROUND 
The idea for Coach Central came out of ongoing discussions between a number of Professional Certified Coaches spread across the U.S. and Canada. These coaches noticed several trends emerging out of the fast growing coaching profession: Trends Affecting Coaches
  • There are more good coaches, than there are good coaches with full practices.
  • Most coaches do not enjoy marketing and fall short of fully sharing their skills with the public.
  • The cost of successfully marketing an individual coaching practice over the Internet is becoming more and more expensive. In contrast, the economies of a group marketing effort are far more attractive.
Trends Affecting Clients
  • Most clients would benefit from learning more about the coaching profession and receiving some guidance in choosing a Professional Certified Coach.
  • There are too many individuals claiming to be Professional Coaches with only minimal training. And there is confusion in client's minds as to what constitutes a truly Professional or Certified Coach and what the different coaching certifications entail.
  • There are few coaching services that allow clients to freely choose, or be matched with, the best coach for their requirements
Trends Affecting the Coaching Profession
  • There is a proliferation of new, non-ICF accredited coaching schools offering "certification" programs to coaches for less than 20 hours of remote, unsupervised learning. (Less than 1/10th what an ICF certification would entail.)

It was from a desire to create a win-win-win for these main constituents, clients, coaches and the coaching profession, that Coach Central was formed and launched.

ADVISORY BOARD 
 

Steve Mitten

 
Steve Mitten - My Story

It's often said that a good life is the enemy of a great life. Seven years ago I had a pretty good life. A wife and family I loved. Good health. Good friends. And a career that a lot of people would have died for.

After 15 years of starting and building businesses - and learning many valuable lessons - I had begun to understand how the game was played. I was managing a public company I had helped form, working with some great people, and doing business all over the globe. I loved the adventure, the camaraderie, the learning and teaching, and the prospect of having a big positive impact. At the time, I thought I would be doing what I was doing for the rest of my life.

I don't remember where I was flying home from, but to pass the time I started to count all the date stamps in my passport. To my surprise I realized that I had been away from home close to 50 weeks out of the previous 5-6 years. At that moment I had a deep realization that as much as I loved my job, I loved my family more, and I had to find something I enjoyed doing closer to home.

Shortly after my epiphany in the airplane, I joined some good friends in a personal growth seminar where I first encountered coaching.

Years later, I can still remember how strongly affected I was from my first exposure to coaching. The idea of helping others connect to what they really cared about, walk past their limitations, and create fulfilling lives and careers aligned to their gifts and passions - well I simply knew that this is what I was meant to do.

I love business. I love being an entrepreneur. But at heart I am a coach and my greatest love is helping others learn, grow and live their dreams. By striving to be really good at that, I get to live my dream, and continue to move my life from very good to even better.

Here's a more formal resume.

Steve Mitten B.ApSc. MCC, CPCC (Master Certified Coach, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach)

Steve Mitten is a Professional Certified Coach with a background as a Managing Director, President, Marketing Manager, entrepreneur, engineer, life-skills trainer and business specialist. As a Coach, Steve helps clients become leaders in their own lives, move past limitations, and create more value, balance and abundance in their careers and personal lives. He has a busy coaching practice with individuals, entrepreneurs, executives and new coaches and routinely delivers workshops on coaching skills, leadership, communication skills and emotional intelligence to help his clients develop the skills they need to excel.

Regarding coaching qualifications, Steve first studied coaching and coaching strategy with CoachU founder Thomas J. Leonard. He has also studied coaching with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), completing their Professional Coaching, Advanced Coaching, and Certification programs. He has also gained the title of Master Certified Coach through the ICF where he currently serves as President. Steve's commitment to ongoing professional development has allowed him to benefit from additional studies with The Newfield Network, The Justice Institute, The Banff Center and Innerworks Solutions.

Steve comes to coaching with over 20 years of business, management, engineering, sales, marketing and entrepreneurial experience. As relates to business and entrepreneurial activities, he has started five companies, and been a President and a Managing Director of two public companies with international operations.

Steve is happily married and the proud dad of three active girls. He enjoys family, friends, good health, coaching community sports teams, and a variety of outdoor activities including swimming, boating, skiing and water-skiing.
Top 5 Values: Integrity, compassion, making a difference, presence and creativity.
Favorite Place:The beach at Roberts Creek.
Favorite Activity: Mmmm.... Can't choose. It is either water skiing on morning glass with friends and family, or going for a solitary swim, in the ocean, on a mid-summer's day.
Favorite Book: Can’t choose here either, Don Quixote or Siddhartha (and a few hundred other titles on spirituality, history, myth, health and personal development).
Favorite Meal: Italian (So hard to choose!)
Favorite Quote: To laugh often and much, 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! - Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

Juhree Zimmerman

Juhree Zimmerman, B.Sc.N, M.Ed. (Counseling Psychology), C.P.C.C. is an enthusiastic, dynamic individual whose career began in nursing and includes 25 years of management, consulting, strategic planning and policy development at senior levels in government and mental health organizations. She has completed advanced training in coaching with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) of San Rafael, California and is certified as a Professional Co-Active Coach. She is a member of the International Coach Federation and is active in the Co-Active Coaching Learning Community.

Juhree teaches Coaching Skills for Managers and Values Based Strategic Planning at the Justice Institute and is on the adjunct faculty of the UBC Department of Nursing. As a Leader for the Coaches Training Institute, she leads courses in North America and the U.K., supervises coaches in certification and leads Jumpstart.

Recent projects include:

Nursing Leadership Workshop, UBC School of Nursing – February 2002

Leading Change for Managers, NCS, BC Hydro - December 2001 and ongoing Leader Executive Team Retreat, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority - September 2001

Living Life to the Fullest After Breast Cancer, Canadian Breast Cancer Network – March 2001

Senior Leader Coaching Skills Workshops, Providence Health Care -September 2000-March 2001

Leadership Coaching Program, City of Richmond - August 2000-February 2001

Leadership Coaching Program-NCS, BC Hydro – November 1999-December 2001

Juhree’s coaching practice includes senior executives in business and health care as well as other professionals. She is committed to developing leaders and transforming organizational culture through coaching.

 

Billy Strean

Billy Strean Ph.D, CPCC, is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, sport psychology consultant, and teacher.

Billy is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta, where he teaches a graduate course in coaching. He has extensive training as a leader, teacher, and coach.

In addition to coaching, Billy is recognized as an outstanding instructor and presenter. He has conducted a variety of workshops and been an invited presenter and keynote speaker. Billy comes to his workshop and coaching practice with over 20 years experience in education as a University professor, intercollegiate coach, sport psychology consultant for elite athletes and national teams, an NCCP Level III ('C' License) Soccer Coach, and coach of many youth sport teams. Billy is also a proud father and has done extensive work with children. He studied sport psychology at the University of Illinois, where he received his Ph.D., and he has completed a variety of coaching courses, including the curriculum and certification program of The Coaches Training Institute. Billy is a member of the International Coach Federation.

Billy has completed the highly regarded Co-Active Space Leadership Program. As an experienced workshop leader he believes that successful education must deliver lasting benefits to participants. He believes that experiential learning and reflection creates a solid foundation for personal growth and that ongoing coaching plays a critical role in making positive changes last.

Through his coaching, teaching and volunteer work, Billy has helped hundreds of people to live more full, productive and purposeful lives.

CONTACT INFORMATION 

If you are ready to select a coach and arrange your complimentary coaching session, please click on the following link, and send your contact information to Coach Central. We will do our best to get back to you within one working day. LINK TO REQUEST FORM To obtain more information on any of our services, discuss your specific coaching or training needs, or to arrange a complementary consultation, please feel free to call us toll free at: 877 212 1922.


 

 

 

 

 

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Other Coach related sites: links:

www.principalevolutions.com

www.stevemitten.com

www.acoach4u.com