Coaching can be particularly effective for an individual seeking specific outcomes in relation to goal setting and personal change management. Following are just a few of the reasons a person might seek professional coaching:
- He or she has a style of relating that is ineffective or is not supporting the achievement of one’s goals
- Work and life are out of balance, creating unwanted consequences
- One has not identified his or her core strengths and how best to leverage them
- A big stretch is asked or required, and it is time-sensitive
“I never cease to be amazed at the power of the coaching process to draw out the skills or talent that was previously hidden within an individual, and which invariably finds a way to solve a problem previously thought unsolvable.” John Russell, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson Europe Ltd.
How is coaching different from other service professions?
Professional coaching focuses on an individual’s life as it relates to goal setting, outcome creation and personal change management. In its simplest form, coaching encourages and supports forward-moving and future-focused change, which is typically linked to professional or personal success.
What is the role of a coach? The client?
The coach’s role is to support the client in envisioning their best life and helping to make it happen. This involves sharing tools to explore what success looks like for the client—personally and professionally. It is followed by thoughtful planning and the creation of SMART goals to bring about the desired results. An effective coach challenges the client to stretch and take on challenges which are in line with their personal strengths and aspirations—in short, to think bigger and take on big goals. During this entire process, the coach maintains the strictest confidentiality and adheres to the code of ethics and integrity.
The job of the individual or team being coached is to actively engage in the process and take advantage of the assessments and observations to enhance their self-awareness. The goal is to utilize the coaching process to be accountable for personal decisions and actions, to take courageous action in alignment with one’s personal goals and aspirations, and utilize the tools, concepts, and models provided by the coach to accomplish the desired outcomes.
How can the success of the coaching process be measured?
Success in coaching is measured by both external and internal indicators.
External indicators include the achievement of the goals set during the coaching engagement, such as increased income, increased profit, or obtaining a promotion.
Throughout the coaching engagement, internal indicators are assessed, such as shifts in thinking which lead to more effective actions and increased confidence.
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