“Coaching is an ongoing relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organisations. Through the process of coaching, the client deepens their learning, improves their performance, and enhances their quality of life.”
What are the outcomes of coaching?
- Gain greater self-awareness.
- Overcome self-doubt and develop resilience in your role.
- Improve your leadership and/or communication style.
- Identify your own learning needs and develop a professional development plan.
- Gain greater clarity regarding your career direction.
- Explore positive strategies for managing the challenges you face at work.
Coaching is not about fixing something that is wrong and coaches do not try to fix people. A professional sportsperson does not have a coach because they play badly; they engage a coach because they want to be the best that they can be.This is also the case for coaching, which is primarily about learning and growth.
Coaching sessions are aimed at enhancing your performance. As an outcome of coaching, you can make adjustments to what you’re doing, and in turn these incremental changes lead to better overall performance. Coaching will normally focus on issues related to the workplace, but not to the exclusion of the many inter-personal and intra-personal factors that may impact on your work performance – you are a whole person and you bring your whole self to coaching
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Helping people reconnect with their personal vision and find their reason to get up in the morning is something I love to do. When you are living your values you experience an increase in overall happiness and wellbeing. As Phil Crenigan writes in his LinkedIn article ‘How to Avoid a Career Train Wreck’:
“Clients in describing why they felt they needed professional coaching disclosed a diminishing sense of self-worth, doubt, and confidence. This in turn was feeding a drop in performance, a loss of motivation and questioning the sheer ‘point’ of it all… in all cases there had been little investment in personal development.”
Having spent many years in the early part of my own career working as a university student adviser, I acquired a great breadth of knowledge about the avenues you can follow to enter various occupations and professions – with some requiring formal tertiary qualifications and others based on a combination of talent, aptitude or experience.
Want to understand more about what coaching is?
If you’re still struggling to get your head around what Coaching is and why a coach can help just about anyone, I highly recommend listening to this podcast called The Coach in Your Head (Against the Rules with Michael Lewis). Even if you only listen to the first 12 minutes, you’ll learn something useful.
Just about anyone today can call themselves a coach. Michael traces this trend back to its source and finds out that the secret to effective coaching lies not in retraining the body, but the mind. We meet the original guru of “the inner game”: Timothy Gallwey, author of the 1974 classic, “The Inner Game of Tennis.” We find out how mental skills coaches only need one coaching toolkit to work with everyone from New York City firefighters, youth softball players, professional musicians, and even writers with a podcast.