October 2012
Vol 5, Issue 10
Creative Coaching Group
 the Creative Coaching Group newsletter

Dear ,

Jan at a Tube Stop I recently got back from a wonderful trip to the UK where I attended the International Coach Federation Global Conference. It was an amazing week of learning, mental stimulation and camaraderie with 900 professional coach colleagues representing 56 different countries.  My personal highlight of the conference was participating in the first-ever Flash Mob Coaching Event where 38 of us went out on the streets of London to give complete strangers short 10-minute laser coaching sessions.  The stretch for me was the rejection and the suspicion one got by approaching strangers on the street. Although the majority of people avoided eye contact, those who did stop and participate were quick to trust, share and open themselves up to change.  All in all, 64 people were coached in the 1.5 hour event and had their lives shifted by experiencing the power of being listened to and empowered by a coach. Wow! The experience gave me a whole new appreciation for the instant impact of the coaching process and some key self-awareness of what my reaction is when people approach me on the streets of my home city of Vancouver.


Of course, riding the London Underground (or "Tube" as it is fondly called) is always a fascinating experience and I share "lessons learned" from my Tube riding in the feature article below.  


If you are keen to open up your life to new possibilities and get started on a personal mastery program, be sure to sign up for my final boot camp of 2012 which begins on Nov. 12. Four weeks of transformational teaching with a rock-bottom earlybird price for my loyal e-zine readers of $97 until Oct. 31st.  


To your brilliance,


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Jan Carley  BA,CEC,PCC

Your Possibility Coach   Creative Coaching Group

604 873-1763  e: jan@creativecoachinggroup.com 

Feature Article: Wisdom from the London Tube 

I recently returned from a trip to London, England where I, like everyone who visits that amazing city, used the London Underground transit system, or the TUBE as it is best known, as my major mode of transportation. The Tube is, to London, as iconic as the Statue of Liberty is to NYC, or the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. With it's first station built in 1863, and a staggering volume of over 1.2 billions riders per year, it occurred to me that this historical transit system could hold a few life lessons.  




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With over 250 miles of track and 270 stations on 11 different lines that criss-cross and intersect the City of London and suburbs, the TUBE is the critical way for Londoners to connect. Interconnecting tracks and hubs provide the opportunity to switch directions and change trains with a great degree of flexibility and efficiency.  

Reflection Point: How well do you connect with others? Is your approach efficient? Flexible? Comprehensive? Do you connect with people in many different ways or rely on only one way?


1/ For each of the most important people in  your life, write down your main methods and points of connection with them as they are currently. 

eg/ Best Friend:  Current Methods of connection: Emails/occasional get-togethers 

2/ Now, pick a new method or point of connection with that person and experiment with it.

eg/ Phone your best friend one night to chat

3/ See how many new ways and points of connection you can add with your closest relationships.

Notice what happens.


Mind the GapMIND THE GAP

A lovely voice comes on the P.A. as one approaches a station and  reminds you to "Please mind the gap" (between the train door and the platform) in order to avoid injury. It is necessary to remind everyone to get present and consciously be mindful and aware while exiting or entering the trains to avoid mishaps.

Reflection Point:

Is there anywhere in your life that you need to be reminded to stay aware, and be present and mindful? Are you walking through any part of your life on auto-pilot and perhaps missing things by not being present? 

Experiment:  Take an action that you routinely go on autopilot to accomplish. Something like blow drying your hair, or eating your cereal, or driving to work. Now, just as consciously, experiment with being fully aware and present while doing that action. What do you notice?



Jan going deep in the tube


The Tube's deepest station extends underground 192 feet below street level. Many stations were built deep as it actually caused less disruption and was cheaper than the cut and cover construction method. The really deep stations require an incredibly steep escalator ride to get to the platform. As terrifying as that is, it is also necessary.

Reflection Point: As in life, sometimes staying on the surface is not as effective or doesn't serve us as well as going deep.


Think about an area in your life, or a relationship, in which there could be benefits to going "deeper"?  (even though the thought may terrify you!) Take one action today to begin the process of getting below the surface. What happened?  



When riding the Tube, you must hang on to your ticket because you need to have it read again at the turnstile in order to exit the Tube. If you lose your ticket, you must either pay again, or sweet- talk a security guard into letting you exit the station.

Reflection Point:

That's a little like life isn't it? You need to remember where you have been in order to go where you want to go. The lessons of the past pave the way for the future.

So rather than ignoring, or moving on and dispensing with our past too quickly, we would be better served by reflecting on our journey and celebrating what got us to this point, before we blindly forge ahead to the new destination.


Take some time today to celebrate your journey and from whence you have come. Look at the past year, and write a list of all of the lessons you have learned, mountains you have climbed, and good times you have had already in 2012. Celebrate your journey today.



Jumping on a train without reading the signs closely could be a waste of time as not all trains go down a complete line. Even if heading in the correct direction, not every train goes the full distance.

Reflection Point:

Like life, it is important for us to read the signs and reevaluate and revise our plans in order to choose the path that will lead us to where we want to go.


Look at an area of your life that you want to shift and ask yourself the following questions:

What signs do I need to start reading in order to move forward and make the changes I want?

Am I perhaps so hell-bent on one way to do something that I am missing other important signs that might shorten my journey?



Yes, even with the efficient Tube system, sometimes it is faster to walk to your destination.

Reflection Point:

Is there an alternate possibility to get to where you want to go in life?


Spend 15 minutes today thinking about an area of your life in which you are currently in the process of changing or growing.  Let your mind drift into the wonderful land of possibility, and write down all of the myriad of ways that you might proceed in that area.

Look at your list and ask: Would it be wise to shift or adapt your current methodology or approach? Does it serve you best to stay riding the Tube or would it be faster for you to walk?


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"When you're tired of London, you're tired of life."

                  - author Samuel Johnson 1709-1784

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Oct. 19   Wealthy from the Inside Out - How to Recognize and Rock your Signature Assets
Oct. 26  "Yes, You Can!" - How to bust apart your Limiting Beliefs

About Jan Carley

Jan Carley is a Professional Certified Executive Coach credentialed with the International Coach Federation. Her com­pany, Creative Coaching Group, specializes in working with high-achieving individuals and teams to expand their possibilities, leverage their strengths, increase their capacity and focus their energies to leverage transformational success. Jan lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and is available for individual and team coaching, workshops, and speaking engagements worldwide. ICF logo

Contact Jan at 604 873-1763  email: jan@creativecoachinggroup.com


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