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Professional coaches helping people find their true potential

Fifteen minutes was enough time for Dick Haid of Hamilton to help a troubled Miaimi University senior - without a resume - prepare for a job interview.

“I like helping people find their nuggets - helping people get their life purpose”, Haid said.

For many years, Haid a professional coach and representative of Cincinnati Coaches, has helped people find their true potential.

Ten years ago, Haid’s one-on-one assistance helped the hapless student realize that his past employment at a restaurant, and his development of a food ordering system, made him marketable.

“Sometimes (it takes) just a few questions,” Haid said.

Founded in 1996, the Greater Cincinnati Professional Coaches Association, a nonprofit organization, has opened the door for more people searching for something different in their lives.

Professional coaches practice or teach business and personal coaches for such clients as executives, entrepreneurs, small business owners, professionals, and others committed to learning achieving a goal or enriching their lives.

“That’s what we’re looking for - teachable moments,” said haid, Cincinnati Coaches cochair for programs, education and professional development.

In 2001, Tomasz Schellenberg, CEO of Adept Inc. was facing a buyout by another company that would eventually end his duties with the company.

“Three months, before I resigned, I was having anxiety attacks,” Schellenberg said.

Frustrated, Schellenberg got in contact with Haid to help him come to grips with this soon-to-be changing lifestyle.

Haid prescribed that Schellenberg read a variety of books - written mostly by retired psychologists - and that employees create a large poster with all his associate’s names and memories written on it.

“(The poster) gave me a sense of closure,” Schellenberg said.

Professional coaching urges clients to make their own discoveries to enrich their lives.

“We don’t give advice,” Barbara Stiller, Cincinnati Coaches president said. “Coaching really believes that people have their own answers.”

She helps clients discover the kinds of results they seek. According to Stiller, many clients find that their careers are less-satisfying than what they had hoped.

Stiller asks questions that determine where they spend money, what their top five values are and encourage clients to divide their life into what is most important to them.

In all, Cincinnati Coaches - all with unique specialties - that are bound by the International Coach Federation Code of Ethics.

Haid has reached the status of a Professional Certified Coach and helps Cincinnati Coaches certify new area professionals wishing to join the organization.

He attempts to help people work on relationships.

“What gifts haven’t I used? How do I engage the world on my own terms?” are some of the questions he asks his clients.

“It’s very exciting for me to see what happens,” he said.

For Schellenberg, coaching helped him find ways to enjoy his new lifestyle and to reconnect with a lot of people - including his children. He also discovered he enjoyed helping others. Currently he works with Language Corps, where he sits on the board of advisors and helps with training and placing ESL coaches overseas. In addition, he serves as a mentor for other companies.

Schellenberg, has recommended many of his friends to seek the same kind of help that he received from Haid.

“My advise - by all means use it,” he said.

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