Coaching as a Tool for Transformation
Today’s world requires us to do more with fewer resources, in less time. We are more often required to adapt to new situations and changing demands. People are juggling with multiple roles, increasing demands, while trying to have more satisfying lives. This is where coaching can help.
Coaching focuses on changing behavior to improve performance so that better results can be achieved. It is designed to accelerate an individual’s growth and development by closing the gap between current and desired level of performance and life satisfaction.
Coaching has become one of the most effective tools in the business world to help people excel at peak performance levels and empower executives to meet the ever-changing requirements in their role as leaders.
Coaching as a Dynamic Process
Whatever the reason, you will get the best results when you wholeheartedly engage in the coaching process and take responsibility to move into action. The best coaches recognize that they are “catalysts” for people to achieve their goals, and that the actual work is done by the client.
I will first work with you to gain clarity around your goals. Your goals may be based on feedback you’ve received, or assessments (such as a 360) that you’ve taken. Then coaching provides a support-structure and ensures accountability for the actions to be taken toward your goals.
Coaching vs. Consulting
Consulting refers to a person with greater knowledge or experience in a particular areas and assists a person or organization lacking in that knowledge or experience primarily by assessing and advising. Coaches are experts in the coaching process and may not have specific knowledge of a given subject area or industry.
Coaching vs. Therapy or Counseling
Counseling focuses on relieving the client from psychological pain or treating cognitive or emotional disorders. Coaching focuses on the present and future and not on the past. It uses information from the client’s past only to clarify where the client is today. It does not depend on resolution of the past to move the client forward. Coaching does not work on “issues” or get into resolving the past.
A Typical Coaching Process
Step 1: Clarification
Together we establish the current reality and situation. We clarify who you are, what makes you tick, looking at what’s going on at the moment, what’s working, what’s not.
Step 2: Focus
We clarify what you want to to achieve and define specific goals to be reached within the coaching contract period.
Step 3: Discovery
Together we develop strategies and actions to achieve goals. This includes discovering areas of development and identifying internal and external barriers.
Step 4: Action
Action steps close the gap between current and desired reality. In our sessions we continue to monitor your action steps and ensure forward moving actions.
Step 5: Evaluation
Together we review and evaluate your progress and plan your next steps.