Invenio: Coaching and Mentoring May 2016 IIC&M - Page 78

Adele McCormack ASC 1. Can you tell us who you are and what you do? I am Adele McCormack and as well as being the Head of the Department of Excellence for the IIC&M, I am a qualified and accredited coach. 2. What is your elevator pitch? 
 I’m not sure I have one, I am quite animated and chatty so would need a tall building to get my point across. 3. What is the one thing that makes you unique in this profession? I am a big picture thinker and am passionate about raising the profile of coaching. I have oodles of ideas of how coaching can be embedded into different environments. 4. What makes you stand out from the crowd? 
 I won’t stop until I find a solution to something. I don’t like to be defeated on an idea, so I find a way to get my point across in a manner that is understood. 5. What inspired you to become a coach? 
 I was going through a Divorce and got some great support from a friend which made me realise that adversity can be dealt with differently. 6. What has been the most powerful moment in your career? It was the interview for my last job (and huge promotion), I had just finished my coaching course. In the interview I was calm, my limiting beliefs (or gremlins) were not there and I got the job. It proved to me the value of coaching. 7. Have you ever been coached yourself? Yes. 8. What is the most powerful coaching lesson you have ever learned? That I was never fully preparing for anything because I didn’t want to excel and stand out from the crowd. This was due to a limiting belief that I had. Prior to coaching I wasn’t aware of this, I was just frustrated that my life was not matching my ambition. 9. What is your favourite coaching question? I love doing a values elicitation with people, I think it provides them with so much insight and is a great way to develop rapport. 10. Who has been the biggest influence on you? 
 I don’t think I can pin that on one person because I get influence from a variety of sources for a variety of reasons. 11. What message do you have for anyone who aspires to have you as their role model? 
 I’m not a fan of role models as I think that this distracts people away from appreciating their own value. So my message, if any, would be to find the value in yourself. 12. What important question didn't we ask you, and why? Where can we send the chocolate? I love chocolate. 13. Would you like to be interviewed? Yes. 14. What is your favourite quote? 
 Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain. CLICK HERE to contact Adele