Coaching is fast becoming a recognised profession worldwide, having emerged from a range of fields and disciplines, such as sports, business, leadership and management, psychology and counselling, creative arts, financial planning and management, human growth and potential movements, interpersonal and communication skills training.
The basic philosophy of coaching is that you can have what you most want in life and achieve your potential without the struggle and ‘hard work’ of doing it all alone. Coaching also works on the principal of synergy; that the energy (ideas, focus, clarity) arising from the coach-client partnership is greater than the individual energy brought by the two individuals alone.
WHAT IS PROFESSIONAL COACHING?
Professional coaching is an ongoing partnership that helps clients to produce fulfilling and effective results in their professional and personal life. Through the process of coaching, clients improve their performance, deepen their learning and enhance their quality of life.
WHY DOES COACHING WORK?
Coaching works best because of 3 unique feature :
- Synergy:The client and coach become a team, focussing on specific goals and needs to accomplish more than you would alone.
- Structure:With a coach, the client takes more action, thinks bigger and gets the job done, thanks to the accountability that the coach provides.
- Expertise:The coach knows how to help the client to make better decisions, set the best goals, and integrate your professional and personal life for maximum productivity.
7 COMPELLING REASONS WHY WORKING WITH A COACH IS BENEFICIAL
- A coach provides a sounding board for new ideas and better decisions.
- A coach gives honest feedback and unconditional support.
- A coach will help set clear goals and help you achieve them.
- A coach integrates your professional and personal life and makes sure that the goals are balanced for sustainable success.
- A coach helps you gain greater clarity of vision than you can’t alone.
- A coach focuses on the big picture – not just part of it. Coaching is holistic.
- A coach helps make sure you are taking smart actions and being as effective as possible.
WHO WORKS WITH A COACH?
Leaders, Small Business Owners, Professionals, Corporate Employees, Entrepreneurs and Individuals in transition use a coach to fix, solve, create or plan something, professionally and/or personally.
WHAT IS WORKED ON?
- Clarifying Vision, Mission and Values of the Business
- Business Strategic Planning
- Management and Leadership Skills
- Making Key Decisions and Designing Strategies
- Systems and Organisational Strategies
- Catching up and Getting ahead of the Business
- Turning Around a Difficult Situation
- Start up and Business Growth
- Personal Planning and Work/Life Balance
- Business and Personal Budgeting
- Being More Effective with your Time and Resources
- Prioritising Actions and Projects
- Simplifying Life
WHAT DO PEOPLE USE COACHING FOR?
The scope of what can be covered in a coaching relationship extends to almost anything in the realm of personal growth, achievement and success, including: finances; health; business; relationships; career or work; community, and; creative, emotional and spiritual expression.
For example, coaches work with clients to help them develop their management or leadership skills; to start a new business or take it to the next level; to accelerate their careers, including through enhancing their promotional possibilities; to clarify their personal vision, to pursue the vocations they’ve always dreamed of, to maintain work/life balance and to retain focus on important quality-of-life goals, or; to improve personal or professional relationships so they are more effective and fulfilling.
In circumstances where people don’t know precisely where they would like to set a goal, a coach can also assist to clarify priorities and directions and to plan with them, strategies for change and achievement.
WHAT DOES A PROFESSIONAL COACH DO?
Coaches offer a structure of regular, focussed sessions – usually ranging from once per week to once per fortnight – which lead to their client’s goals being more conscious and focused, and to increased momentum for action. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe, and to elicit from their clients, solutions and strategies to support client progress and results achievement.
A coach does not regard themselves as the expert. They believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful and it is their job to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has. The coach does not take responsibility for client action and results. Rather, a coach encourages their client to be fully responsible for their own decisions and actions, to acknowledge the importance of their personal aspirations and to encourage them to be accountable for their actions and the results they achieve.
HOW DO I KNOW WHO IS THE BEST COACH FOR ME?
- Be clear on your reasons for hiring a coach. If you’re clear in what you want, prospective coaches can support your search by indicating if and how they can help you.
- Look for a coach you can collaboratively work and create with, not simply someone who gives you advice or who appears to be the most experienced.
- If you want further information, ask the coach for references from current or past clients, who are similar to yourself.