What is coaching? Coaching literally means ‘to transport someone from one place to another’. It is a form of learning, where the coach supports you to create self-development and to learn in a way that is suited to you, to improve performance and get better results – the goals that you want to achieve. You will experience a focus and attention that will enable you to develop greater awareness and appreciation of your own position, thought processes and reactions. From this, you are able to create new ways of thinking and behaving to produce better results and to achieve your goals more easily. Coaching is usually a series of conversations between you and the coach. A skilled coach uses a combination of observation, questioning, listening and feedback to create a conversation that is rich in insight and learning for the client.
Common benefits people experience from coaching include:
• Clarity about their goals
• Strengths and potential blocks to achieving goals identified
• Improved sense of direction and focus
• Increased self-awareness
• Improved ability to relate to and influence others
• Increased motivation
• Improved personal effectiveness e.g. focused effort
• Increased resourcefulness and resilience e.g. the ability to respond well to change.
Coaching differs from instruction or training in that the coach helps you to find your own solutions, rather than providing solutions. It differs from therapy in that whilst it promotes greater self-awareness and appreciation of the your situation and circumstances, it is not counselling. Mentoring falls between instruction and coaching as its focus is on the mentor transferring their skills and knowledge to the client along with ongoing support, whereas coaching endeavours to help you find the answers from within yourself and your own experiences.
Take a few minutes to think through the areas you want to explore through coaching and any current goals you may have. You may wish to involve others such as your manager, colleagues, family and friends. You might find the following helpful:
• How might coaching benefit you?
• What goals or objectives are you focused on?
• What would you like to change, do more of, less of?
• What will indicate to you that the coaching is being/has been successful?
• What coaching have you received in the past? What worked well for you? What pointers would you give to a new coach to help them work most effectively with you?
I hope that this has given you an understanding of my approach to coaching and what it can offer you. I look forward to hearing from you.