WHAT IS COACHING?
The International Coach Federation (ICF), the recognised industry body for professional coaches, defines coaching as: “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential…”
For me, the coaching relationship is all about us working through your thinking process together, with my questions helping you get greater insight. I aim to help you make the best use of your own strengths to achieve things you didn’t know you could and to be as effective as possible – in your work and/or in your personal life. Coaching involves helping you to get from where you are to where you want to be by encouraging you to find the resources within yourself. It is NOT about me thinking for you or providing answers. I believe you have the knowledge already, and the internal resources – we just need to work together to identify them and build a plan.
I believe that business and personal coaching are intrinsically linked – as you cannot separate who you are inside work from your life outside. Sometimes within business coaching, we may have to resolve some issues from your personal life that are affecting how you operate within a business and vice versa.
I offer three routes, where the main focus is on:
My coaching style
I mainly use a non-directive approach (i.e. not telling you what to do), but I will also challenge you to move out of your comfort zone and into growth. My style is influenced by Nancy Kline's work on creating a Thinking Environment to empower your to think for yourself by providing sustained attention. This is based on the premise that the quality of everything we do (including our decision-making) depends on the quality of the thinking we do first and that the quality of our thinking depends on the way we treat each other while we are thinking. This approach works well in both individual and group coaching settings - encouraging independent thinking with rigor, imagination, courage and grace.
I encourage you to set goals based on the issues that you want to work on (and that the organisation has agreed on - for business coaching clients), identify resources – your strengths and skills, look at options for action towards these goals, set commitment to taking these goals forward – with me holding you accountable for this, and we will also look at possible barriers and how they might overcome them. My ultimate aim is that we work at a transformational level, rather than just transactional, providing you with insight and changes at a deeper level that impact your life (and work) on a long-lasting basis.
I also draw on a wide variety of other effective tools in these coaching sessions from a number of sources including psychology, applied neuroscience and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and my experience as a Licenced Feel The Fear Trainer for the Susan Jeffers Organisation.
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