What Should You Expect From Coaching?

Coaching is quite a vague term and so I often get asked “What exactly is coaching?”

There are countless definitions of coaching. Starting with simple ones such as:

“Coaching is unlocking people’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.” ― John Whitmore

All the way to the more technical:

“Executive coaching is defined as a helping relationship formed between a client who has managerial authority and responsibility in an organization and a consultant who uses a wide variety of behavioral techniques and methods to assist the client achieve a mutually identified set of goals to improve his or her professional performance and personal satisfaction and consequently to improve the effectiveness of the client’s organization within a formally defined coaching agreement.” Richard R Kilburg

I like to answer this question by telling people what I do.

So here is a short overview.

I work with my clients on three levels using what I call the High-Performance Triad (Meaning, Performance, Mental Conditioning):

Meaning: This is an exploration of the way client’s view the world. An examination of beliefs, filters, and perceptions. The meaning that we attach to the things in our life has a lot to do with how we show up.

Performance: At this level we deal with the actions you take at home and at work. What does your routine look like? Where can we optimise it? The aim is to make you deliberate and intentional in everything that you do.

Mental Conditioning: High-performance requires a focused state of mind. Therefore it’s important to deal with negativity, anxiety, and overwhelm in ways that help you to move forward.

My role as coach then is to:

Challenge: To push you to the edge of comfort and invite you to dream and act bigger.

Support: The view from the top can be lonely as people are less likely to understand the internal struggles that you deal with. Coaching provides a space in which to decompress.

Provide accountability and clear feedback: As we ascend through the ranks in business we encounter less honest feedback about where we are and the way we are thinking. In coaching you are held accountable for the commitments that you make and will receive clear feedback on your thinking, behaviour, and results.

Thinking Partner:I love playing the role of Thinking Partner for my clients. This means creating a trusting space in which creativity & problem solving can naturally occur.

Coaching in its purest form assists you in moving from where you are to where you want to be. But more than that, it’s a relationship that supports you, that creates a space in which you can decompress, and ultimately that you leave with more clarity about who you are and what you need to do.

Acta Non Verba,

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