What is COACHING?
Coaching is a facilitated 1-2-1 conversation which offers you (the coachee) a safe, non-judgmental and collaborative partnership which aims to enable learning through a thought-provoking and creative process.
For some people coaching can be simply a listening ear. Others want to achieve or change something specific. Your coach will be there for both, and for everything in between. They have no vested interest in the outcomes you achieve, but they care greatly that you achieve or change what you want to.
It is a working relationship in which you come first - a conversation about what matters to you!
“Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential” - EMCC, AC & ICF Joint Charter
Your coach is there to give you the opportunity to explore; what is important to you, your patterns of behaviour that help or hinder you in what you want to achieve and evolve; your self-awareness, self-responsibility, adaptability and choices for action.
Coaching offers you a chance to step back, reflect and practice new ways of doing more of what you are capable of and being your truest self.
Leaders who experience good coaching can feel; energised, an increased sense of resilience and a stronger belief in themselves and the choices they make, both personally and professionally. They also face change with more courage, cultivate greater trust & respect and grow in self-awareness. Coaching at times of crisis and significant change can be particularly effective.
"Today you are you, that is truer than true, there is no one alive that is you-er than you”
What you can expect from your coach
Coaching is a collaborative process and provides support distinct from any other, dedicated attention rarely experienced – genuine curiosity and care.
When looking for a coach, it is important to look for someone who you feel comfortable talking with, yet who will challenge you - that’s why your first session with your coach will be an ‘Intro conversation’ to check for fit and that you both feel comfortable working with one another.
The coach does not need to be like you, have a similar personality or background yet it is essential that you are able to trust them to support you through important personal and professional decisions.
What your coach expects from you
Whilst coaching is a collaborative process, you, the client, hold the keys to unlocking your own learning and personal and professional breakthroughs.
The most important criteria for the success you make of your coaching is to be committed to the relationship and up for doing the work on yourself.
You are always in control of the content and depth of the conversations that you and your coach engage in.
People often find that it takes a session or two to experience what this really means, so go with it, trust the process and enjoy the space!
“A masterful coach is a vision builder and value shaper…who enters into the learning system of a person, business, or social institution with the intent of improving it so as to impact people’s ability to perform.”