While the advantages of working with a professional coach are becoming better known, there are still many people who may be hesitant to engage in the process or are unclear about what coaches actually do.
This week is International Coaching Week, a week long worldwide celebration of the coaching profession. The focus this week is to increase the public’s awareness of the benefits of working with a professional coach and to highlight the results and progress made through the coaching process. To that end, let me see if I can share some information that will help to take some of the mystery out of coaching.
What is coaching?
According to the International Coaching Federation, (www.coachfederation.org) coaching is defined as a partnership between a coach and client to engage in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the client to maximize their personal and professional potential. The fundamental basis of the coaching relationship is that the client is the expert in his or her life and that they are creative, resourceful and whole.
What should the coach do?
If you work with a coach, you should expect them to:
- Help you to identify and clarify your goals
- Take you through a process of self-discovery
- Encourage you to identify your own solutions and strategies
- Hold you accountable
- Celebrate your successes
- Create a safe space for you to realistically explore your limitations and fears
- Challenge you to identify and break through any limiting beliefs or self-imposed obstacles
Your coach can achieve this by actively listening to what is being said, (and sometimes not said), reflecting back to you what they are hearing and seeing, asking probing questions, and eliciting creative solutions and commitments from you. Coaching is designed to help you produce positive results in your personal and professional life, improve your performance and enhance the quality of your life.
What are the benefits of coaching?
When you work with a coach you can expect to gain fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision-making skills, improved relationships and interpersonal skills, increased confidence, better alignment of your behaviors with your goals, and an accountability partner to encourage you to take action and follow through on your commitments. Often working with a coach can help you to achieve greater results in a shorter period of time than you could by working alone.
What can a coach help me to do?
There are many different reasons for working with a coach; here are just a few of them:
- Improve job performance
- Enhance interpersonal skills and relationships
- Discover life purpose or better align direction
- Increase self-awareness
- Improve self-management skills
- Reach a specific goal (such as lose weight or improve communication skills)
- Achieve life balance and enhance quality of life
- Remove obstacles, address fears and identify limiting beliefs to success
- Increase confidence and self-esteem
If you are interested in learning more about coaching and how a coach can help you to improve your results, visit the International Coaching Federation’s website or you can go to my website at www.PinnacleCoachingGroup.com . I would be happy to answer any questions you may have or to discuss how coaching could help support your specific needs.
If you’ve successfully used a coach in the past, please share your experience with others here by adding comments. Your story could help them to be more open to this valuable and life-changing process.