I always thought that Coaching was a fascinating profession, which has gained a lot of traction over the past few years as both individuals and organisations have started to see tangible, first-hand benefits. Simply put, it improves the effectiveness of individuals and therefore organisations. Tim Gallaway, author of best-seller “The Inner Game” put is as follows: “Coaching is unlocking people’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather then teaching them.”
Executive Coaching is a simple techniques based on the use of one-to-one discussions to enhance an individual’s skills, knowledge or work performance. Coaching objectives are high performance and improvement at work and usually focuses on specific skills and goals, although it may also have an impact on an individual’s personal attributes (such as emotional intelligence or confidence).
The process typically lasts for a relatively short period (3- 6 months). Although there is a lack of agreement among coaching professionals about precise definitions, the following are some generally agreed characteristics of coaching in organisations:
• It is essentially a non-directive form of development, though this is not a hard and fast rule
• It focuses on improving performance and developing individuals’ skills
• Personal issues may be discussed but the emphasis is on performance at work
• Coaching activities have both organisational and individual goals
• It provides people with feedback on both their strengths and their weaknesses
• It is a skilled activity, which should be delivered only by people who are trained to do so
Coaches focus where their clients need the most and part of their discussions often include:
- Where are you now in relation to where you want to be?
- What are your goals? Are they based in your values?
- In order to get what you want from any situation, what are the areas of strength and what are the areas for improvement and focus?
Many people are tired of doing what they think they “should” do and are ready to do what they “want” to do, understanding that they have the choice.
People are realizing how simple it can be to accomplish something that several years ago might have felt out of reach. More people are creating the time and resources to invest in themselves in this kind of growth as they see the long term benefits.
Spirituality: Our society is looking for deeper meaning in our lives and work. Companies are looking to innovative ways of growing themselves from the inside out; starting with themselves and their employees. Coaching is both an attitude and a behaviour, with multiple applications both in and out of work. It is an invaluable skill wherever you go. Click here for more information