“Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them (the client) to maximise their personal and professional potential.” INTERNATIONAL COACH FEDERATION (world’s largest coaching federation).
Coaching is an inspiring, professional relationship that proactively helps people produce positive transformations in their personal lives, careers, businesses or organisations.
Coaching helps clients bridge the gap between where they are now and where they want to be. Coaches partner with their clients to design and create the life they want. Coaches bring out their clients’ own brilliance and resources, focusing on positive emotions and core strengths, so that clients achieve excellence and create purposeful, amazing lives.
By creating clarity, understanding any limiting beliefs and obstacles and identifying goals and strategies, coaching moves the client into action. Coaching is proactive, accelerating clients’ progress by providing greater focus and awareness of all the possibilities which exist to create fulfilling lives.
Coaching is particularly important in today’s fast-paced, uncertain and complex world. Coaches respect the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
- Discover, clarify and align with what the client wants to achieve
- Encourage client self-discovery
- Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
- Hold the client responsible and accountable
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their skills and unlocking their potential.
Benefits of using a coach
You are never too old or too young to accomplish anything you want and to enjoy the many wonderful benefits of professional coaching. Those who undertake coaching can expect an overall greater satisfaction with life, improvements in productivity and outcomes and a greater understanding of who you are at the core. As well as:
- fresh perspectives on personal challenges
- achievement of personal goals
- enhanced planning and decision-making skills
- improved time management
- greater interpersonal effectiveness
- increased self-confidence
- improved communication skills
- enhanced life/work balance
- improved work performance
- enriched relationships
- improved business management
- improved team effectiveness
- clearer direction
What Coaching is and is not
Coaching is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy or counselling. Coaching is not counselling or therapy in disguise. It does not seek to resolve any underlying psychological problems.
A life coach is designed to tap into your full potential in the now and in the future, rather than the distant past. The solutions to the Coachee’s aims lie within the Coachee. Through powerful questioning techniques, lateral thinking outside the box, coaching focuses on helping the client discover answers for themselves, which has an empowering impact on the client. Coaching is client-led, positive, encouraging, non-judgmental and outcome-focused. The partnership between Coach and Coachee is based on authenticity, honesty, trust and confidentiality.
I meet with my clients via Skype, telephone or face-to-face.