What is coaching and how can it help you

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  • By Sophie Francis

    Are you thinking about embarking on coaching and not sure how it can help you?

    Coaching is a partnership designed to help you unlock your potential to

    maximise your performance, learning and growth.

    Depending on what you need and what is important to you, coaching can help you

    build self-awareness, insight, confidence and skills in order to create

    positive changes and results in your personal or professional life. People who

    have experienced coaching report discovering new perspectives, making better

    decisions and achieving sustainable performance as a result of coaching.

    Coaching is a collaborative relationship formed between coach and

    coachee for the purpose of attaining professional or personal development

    outcomesvalued by the coachee (Grant et al, 2010).

    WHAT IS COACHING AND HOW CAN IT HELP YOU?

  • In essence coaching is a collaborative, dynamic relationship, with your

    coach acting as your champion, supporter, thinking partner and guide. It is a

    relationship built on purpose, trust, personal accountability and hope. Your

    coach supports you by listening deeply, asking questions and giving feedback

    that will help you to identify and focus on what you really want to achieve

    and how you are going to get there. A coach is not there to tell you what to

    do or how to get there; because that wont help you develop your own skills

    or pathways. Her focus is to help you develop your own capabilities, resources

    and solutions so you can learn how to successfully navigate your environment

    and create sustainable success. Your role in coaching is to act on the

    insights you experience during coaching and put in focussed and consistent

    effort to make positive changes in your life.

    Coaching is different from counselling. Many coaches have counselling

    skills, so they can help you tackle difficult issues and offer an empathic

    ear. Skilled coaches are trained to help you proactively manage the impact of

    your thinking, behaviour and emotions so you can develop more effective

    strategies to move forward. However, if therapy or psychological support is

    more appropriate for you now they will advise you to seek the support of a

    qualified mental health professional.

  • Good coaches draw on robust training, evidence-based practice, diverse

    expertise and their own experience in achieving personal and professional

    growth. They can have backgrounds in psychology/counselling, health/wellness,

    consulting, human resources, education/training, sports/performance, business

    or entrepreneurship and hold relevant and specific training that enable them

    to work flexibly with each person and their emerging needs.

    As coaching requires commitment and work from both coach and coachee,

    people who get the most from coaching have a fierce desire for learning and

    growth. Coaching requires an open mindset and willingness to share and engage

    in honest, open conversations. Motivation to do the work, readiness to be

    coached and a supportive environment, along with good chemistry with your

    coach, are the strongest factors in achieving successful outcomes in coaching.

    Identifying a clear purpose or desired outcomes for coaching will also help

    you determine if coaching is right for you, what approach will suit you best

    and how you might measure success.

    Sophie Francis is a business, brand and life coach. She draws on a background in positive psychology, leadership development and mind-body studies to help people navigate and create new pathways in their life and work. She has a Master of Business Coaching and is a member of the International Coach Federation. Visit www.sophiefrancis.com.

    http://www.livewellcentre.com.au/practitioners/sophie-francis/http://sophiefrancis.com/