Two key questions that I get asked regularly are: 1. What exactly is coaching? 2. How can I benefit from coaching?
The Coaching FAQs on this site provide some initial answers to these questions, but let's succinctly summarise what this is all about.
So what is coaching? Frankly, it is a structured, yet fluid conversation with the single goal of supporting people achieve their best - whether they're a company leader, a mum or a student. The focus of these conversations is you. You are in the driving seat; the coach is sitting next to you. As we know though, being our best is not easy - perhaps there are limiting beliefs that we have to face or organisational challenges that we must overcome. That's where the coach comes in.
Coaching distinctly differs from therapy and similar practices in a number of ways. Most importantly coaching is clearly focused on your future, fostering improved performance and sustainable change. In addition coaching can be pretty quick and typically most coaches won't do more than around 6 or so sessions with a client.
And what are the benefits? Well I do like lists so, if you are considering coaching, here's my top 5 ways of how it can support your and your organisation's success.
First of all bear in mind that coaching is personal, flexible and 100% focused on you.
So if you, or your organisation are ready to grow and improve with the support of someone you are willing to trust why not explore this further? To understand if coaching is suitable for you or your organisation feel free to drop me a note on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07595049150 so we can have a friendly chat.
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Joseph Grech, Chartered FCIPD and ICF-accredited coach is the founder of Smarter Learning Ltd. and an experienced L&D professional.