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What does The Gardner Institute do?

The Gardner Institute is a professional coaching and coach training company located in the Dallas – Fort Worth area of Texas. We provide professional development to executives, entrepreneurs, or to any individual striving to reach a challenging personal or professional goal. Mindset for Success provides a structure for the individual and the company to use individually and as a team to improve working relationships and bring executive team functioning to a higher level, enabling the organization to face any challenge and achieve their goals. The Gardner Institute also trains professional coaches. The company’s Mindset for Success Coach Training Program is certified by the ICF for 102 Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH).

What is coaching?

Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship, a partnership, which helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients take action to deepen their learning, improve their leadership and performance, and enhance their quality of life.

What are the results/benefits?

  • The Individual Improves leadership effectiveness and job performance.
  • Enhances their creativity and focus. Accelerates their confidence and clarity in decision-making.
  • Learns to identify gifts, strengths and values.
  • Becomes aware of contributions one can make to the company, the customer and the world The Corporation.
  • Accountability for and employee ownership of becoming ‘world class company.
  • Recognition and removal of the limiting beliefs that block success in the workplace.
  • Goals of the corporation become part of the employee’s personal investment and ownership.
  • Well-rounded executives, who understand their core strengths and can be great leaders in their businesses, and their families.

What are some possible speech and workshop subjects?

  • Mindset For Success: Wired to Win!
  • Productivity, Performance and Profitability.
  • The Accountability Gap.
  • Fostering Strong Relationships in Family-Owned Businesses.
  • Making Good Teams Great

How would you best describe the coaching process that occurs in the Mindset for Success personal coaching?

While traveling in Italy, Dr Gardner found a new way to explain the transformational impact of personal coaching. She experienced a true epiphany when viewing “The Captive”, a sculpture by Michelangelo. In viewing this unfinished piece, she realized that the subject coming out of the stone was as all of us – struggling to get out of the block that holds us back from our greatness. Michelangelo is said to have told his students when he first saw the large piece of marble that would become the Statue of David, “I can see the angel within the stone. All I have to do, as an artist, is chip away the debris and release the angel.” Dr. Gardner believes each of us have that angel inside of us, waiting to be freed, to give the world the best we have. Our coaches are trained in the Mindset for Success process to do just that; help you break through the block and bring forth your best self.

What is Mindset for Success and how does it work in a corporate structure?

Mindset for Success is a disciplined process of personal dialogue used by people for personal accountability, emotional clarity and internal direction. Mindset for Success is a personal growth process that provides structure for someone to become the best possible version of themselves. Mindset for Success provides the dialogue that leads to becoming a better leader and team member with strong investment and ownership in the success of the company.

In what way is The Gardner Institute different?

The Gardner Institute coaches use a particular coaching system designed by Dr. Gardner, called Mindset for Success. This personal guidance system works from the inside out. When the top executives use this system in their personal lives and in their business, goals are met. This is reflected — mirrored out, into the company as a whole.

With what type of companies does The Gardner Institute work?

We specialize in working with family-owned and family-run companies that want to improve – move to the next level – and are willing to invest the required time, energy and focus to realize the benefits derived from experiencing Mindset for Success. The desired changes in corporate culture are attained by integrating Mindset for Success at the highest level.

What services does The Gardner Institute provide?

  • Individual Coaching
  • Team and Group Coaching
  • Family Business Coaching
  • Customized Workshops and Retreats

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Training FAQs

What is the difference between Gardner Institute’s Core coach training and any of the other coach training schools, like the ones out on the West coast?

The Gardner Institute Core Coach Training Program, like all ICF-approved training programs, is designed to prepare participants to demonstrate the coaching core competencies required for ICF credentials. In addition, unique to The Gardner Institute program, we provide our coach graduates with continued interaction with a coaching community, including opportunities for ongoing marketing, training, personal and professional development, and client referral support.

What is the difference between Gardner Institute’s Mindset for Success coach training and any of the other coach training schools, like the ones out on the West coast?

The Mindset for Success process is noted in the coaching world for its vertically deep impact on the client, that produces sustained personal change. It is based on the latest neuroscience research. Coaches who successfully complete Mindset for Success coach training gain the right to use this proprietary process with their clients.

What does it mean in the Prerequisites – “If you are new to coaching…you must sign up to coach with a Gardner Institute coach for a minimum of three months…”?

The Gardner Institute trains coaches who are committed to their own personal growth, based on the premise that individuals first must be willing to work on themselves before earning the right to coach others. To be eligible for the Core Coach Training Course, participants are required to coach with a Gardner Institute coach for a minimum of three either before or during their Core course. Many complete the Mindset for Success (The Dialoguee) personal coaching program which usually takes five to six months.

What is the difference in the prerequisite to be coached for Core vs. Mindset training?

Participants for the Mindset Coach Training Course must already hold an ICF credential or have completed the Gardner Institute Core Coach Training Course. They must also have completed (or be in the process of completing*) the Mindset for Success program (The Dialogues) with a Gardner Institute licensed coach prior to beginning the Mindset portion of their coach training. *Applicants for the Mindset course must have completed the personal retreat that is part of The Dialogues process, prior to the start of Mindset course, and they must continue to make steady process with their work in The Dialogues. A written recommendation from their coach is required.

What kind of information are you looking for in the two letters of recommendation?

The letters may be from individuals who know you on either a personal or professional basis. They should include the information about the writer’s knowledge and/or observations of your commitment, experience and desire to help, motivate or guide others to be their best.

Can the letters of recommendation be emailed?


Can the application be faxed or scanned and attached to an email, or must they be hard-copy mailed?

Applications are accepted via any of these methods. If fees are paid by credit card, the applicant’s signature must be on the permission to charge form.

Can I start the Core class if I have not yet started coaching with a Gardner Institute coach?

Yes, it is possible to begin your personal coaching concurrent with beginning the Core course. The ideal situation would be to begin coaching a month or more prior.

What do I have to do besides the Core training to be eligible for ICF credentials? When I complete the core class will I have the ACC?

When you complete the Core course, you will have 60 ACSTH (approved coach specific training hours). This meets the ICF requirements for training hours for ACC. The other requirements for ACC are: (1) 100 client coaching hours (25 can be pro-bono); (2) 10 mentor coaching hours; and (3) 2 letters of recommendation from a PCC or MCC coach. As a portfolio applicant, you will take an oral exam administered by phone by an ICF assessor – the exam will be a coaching role play in which you must demonstrate the ICF Core Competencies. Detailed information id available on the ICF website.

What is the timeline I could expect to get my ICF credentials?

The critical path is getting 60 hours of ACSTH and 100 client coaching hours, so it is really up to you to accumulate the 100 hours as quickly as you are able to. For example, if you have 6 clients and coach them each for 3 one-hour sessions per month, that’s 18 hours in a month, so in five to six months, you could easily have the 100 hours.

When can I start coaching clients?

As soon as you feel ready! We encourage you to start attracting clients after the 4-day Core workshop. You will have to have 20 hours of client coaching hours to officially complete the Core course.

How much coaching practice will I get during training?

The onsite workshop and all teleclasses include coaching role plays. Participants rotate the assignment of coach, client and observer. The actual number of times you will be the coach depends on how many participants are in the class.

What books and materials do I need to have for coach training; what is the cost?

The complete book and materials list will be provided in the syllabus, which is sent via email after you have paid tuition in full. The primary books used are Co-Active Coaching: New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and Life, by Laura Whitworth, Henry Kinsey-House, Phil Sandahl and The Little Book of Ethics for Coaches, by Karen Colby Weiner.

I will be out of town for the Orientation conference call; is that a problem?

No, we can work around that. We will record the call and make it assessable to you.

I will be out of town for two of the teleclasses; is that a problem?

We allow a participant to miss up to two teleclasses in any course without losing hours. Make-up assignments are required. On-site workshops must be attended in full; no make-ups allowed.

What will I have to do as make-up work for two missed teleclasses?

You will be required to listen to the recording of the class and provide a written summary. Depending on the content of the class, there may be other assignments.

What is the purpose of the final written exam?

The final written exam tests your knowledge and comprehension of the course material. Throughout the course, your instructors will observe your coaching skills and demonstration of the ICF Core Competencies, and will provide verbal and written feedback. There is a 30 minute oral exam that tests your demonstration of the ICF Core Competencies.

What is the written exam like?

The written exam includes True/False, Multiple Choice, Fill-in-the Blank and show answer questions.

How many people are in most classes? What is the minimum and maximum numbers you’ve had or would allow?

The average class size is 8. The minimum and maximum class sizes are determined on a class by class basis.

When I complete the Core course, will I be a Licensed Mindset for Success Coach?

When you complete the Mindset for Success course you will be a Licensed Mindset for Success coach.

How can I become a Certified Wired to Win Instructor?

Wired to Win is one-day business seminar. To be certified to instruct/facilitate this seminar, you have to take the ‘train-the-trainer’ class. Contact Dr. Gardner if you are interested.

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