There’s a lot of misunderstanding about Coaching and what it is. It’s often viewed as something which is for Executives and very senior people in an organisation, however, everyone can benefit from coaching. Many leaders of people at whatever level, often feel alone, feel they are struggling to see a clear solution or way forward and don’t have anyone they feel they can confide in.
Why is it so important?
At every level and every stage of their journey, Leaders and Managers must continually update and enhance their leadership skills to embrace the changes and challenges which arise from time to time. The positions they hold in an organisation can make them feel isolated and unable to confide in people in their own workplace. It may be that there are problems for which they see no clear solution or they just need someone to talk over their worries, uncertainties or to hold them accountable.
What happens in coaching sessions?
Coaching conversations are different than the conversations and exchanges you have with a friend. The coach will listen, concentrate on you, help you reflect and challenge you to explore new possibilities. You decide what you want to talk about and the coach will lead you through the discussion.
It involves real conversations about real things which are happening in the workplace or outside influences which are impacting on work. It’s a safe environment where you can talk openly about your problems, challenges, thoughts and feelings. Your coach will help you to unravel your dilemma’s and guide you to the right solution for you and your personal situation.
What will I need to do to make it work?
You’ll need to seize the opportunity to explore what is really happening, what you want and how to achieve it. You will do this with your coach through honest conversations in a safe space, through your own self-reflection and practice.
What if it gets uncomfortable?
Your coach will talk to you about the level of challenge you are open to and will go forward at your own pace. You are encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and this is often where the big changes happen.
What are the outcomes?
Amongst others, I’ve been working with two business owners both of whom were struggling to find direction, one was rebranding and moving the business, the other trying to build a new service offering and increase their customer base. I’ve been amazed at how much these two clients have achieved over the last few months I’ve been working with them.
Other clients have come to me with problems related to their workloads and relationships within the workplace. They’ve been able to come up with self-management techniques to take away some of the stress and frustrations and to put in place good strategies to help them to re-connect and enjoy their work.
Want to know more?
If you think coaching could help you or any of your employees or colleagues, please call me direct, or click here to book a free consultation.