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Introducing Carol Courcy, A Master Certified Coach and Military Musters Volunteer.

To be able to provide services to veterans, Military Musters must work with experienced professionals who volunteer their time to help the veterans we serve. When these amazing people give us the chance, we love to interview them and share their story.

Carol Courcy is a Career and Life Coach with over 20 years of experience in corporate coaching. She is the Author of Save Your Inner Tortoise - Learn How to Cross the Finish Line Joyful and Satisfied. b2ap3_thumbnail_save-your-inner-tortoise-lowres_20140903-030025_1.jpg

Carol was introduced to Military Musters by Deb Humphries, also a Military Musters coach whose son is a Marine veteran. She was eager to lend her coaching skills and to be of service to those who protect our country. She and Deb had created a program to provide coaching to local veterans but they wanted to have an impact on the larger veteran community. The solution…Military Musters who is one of the only nonprofit organizations with programs focused solely on delivering Life Coaching and Holistic Healthcare to our military and veteran communities. Their program provides life coaches the opportunity to give back and support our troops and their families.

Since joining together Carol has worked with five clients and says that working with Military Musters has been a very positive and heartfelt experience - for her and her clients. She appreciates the careful screening of Military Musters’ In-Take Process. Each veteran or military spouse that applies is assessed to find out which services will be the most effective for them, so by the time they meet Carol, they are ready for coaching. That “good fit” makes everyone’s time together much more productive. Given her favorable Military Muster’s experience, Carol now likes to refer veterans to Military Musters before she works with them. A win-win situation!

Here are some of our main questions covered in our interview with Carol about coaching in the veteran and military communities:

Q: How is coaching different than counseling or therapy?

A: Although all three of these supportive professions have the benefit of the client in mind, they come from completely different perspectives. The beauty of counseling or therapy is healing past experiences that stall moving on. The professionals lead the recovery process. Sometimes letting go is necessary (therapy) before moving forward (coaching). Coaching’s focus is moving forward by setting goals and accountability measures to secure a new future. In coaching the client/veteran-- NOT the coach-- leads with goals and desires. It is not usual for a coaching client /veteran to also be in counseling or therapy with the professionals working in concert for the benefit of the client/veteran.

Q: How are corporate coaching and veteran coaching similar?

A: Both kinds of coaching require the client to do a lot of work outside of the coaching meetings. The coaching meetings are for learning, progress reports and planning next steps. The real work happens between meetings when the client employs their learning in real life. As the client checks in, both client and coach partner to make sure the goals are right and the speed of activity is right allowing the goals to change or evolve. Coaching usually lasts between three and six months with “booster shot” meetings as needed afterwards. Both corporate and veteran’s coaching include measurable goals.

Q: What is the difference between corporate and veteran coaching?

A: Corporate coaching can include three parties: the corporation, the employee/client and the coach. When a corporation encourages an employee to participate in coaching, they and the coaching client are directly affected by the results. In its early days, coaching used to be a way to get under performing employees to perform at a higher level. More recently, coaching is used to reward high achieving employees to increase their contributions and job satisfaction. Company core competencies and goals are often a part of the goal setting, results and accountability features of corporate coaching.

Veteran coaching (similar to outplacement coaching when shifting jobs) only involves two parties: the veteran and the coach. The veteran is participating in coaching for their own gain to realize goals using their strengths along the way. We [Carol and Deb] have observed that even though veterans no longer have a role in the military, they remain “mission driven”. As active-duty military their whole life was impacted by this mission. When they become veterans, they can benefit from working with someone to find their own “mission”. Career and life coaching can help veterans plan what they want to do by realizing the strengths they wish to take with them after the military, let go of those no longer needed and set new objectives to fulfill their own mission. Simply said, the focus is on achieving personal goals while having insights and fun along the way!

WE are honored to have Carol on our team of life coaches who volunteer their time to create a positive impact in the lives of our active duty service members, military spouses and veterans. You can learn more about Carol, her book and her other contributions at www.saveyourinnertortoise.com.

Thank you, Carol!

~ The Military Musters Team

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