MAXIMISING THE BENEFITS OF COACHING
BY ROSE KELLY
Coaching either for the Business as a whole, the Leader or key employees is gaining significant traction, and growing in popularity. To understand why, it is important to reflect on what Coaching is designed to achieve.
Coaching is not Consultancy. It is not Teaching or Mentoring. It is not Management and it is not Counselling. Yet there are elements of all these embedded in the Coaching Model. Coaches certainly use their experience, diagnose situations, give opinions and advice at times to provide insight and impact on individual’s growth, development and improvement. Coaching removes roadblocks to performance, enhances problems solving and creativity and brings action and accountability to the environment. Ultimately Coaches are rewarded when their clients grow, develop, stretch and enhance both their own performance and that of their team.
There is a key word in the above paragraph and it is ACTION. There are many ‘ah ha’ moments in what we do. There are strategies developed, ideas collated, and goals quantified. However, if there is no Action after the Coaching then perhaps the value is not present. As a Coach, I understand that we all struggle from time to time to take the actions we need to take and that we know we need to take. It can be new skills we need to practice, it can be about new techniques, it could even be a part of the business where we have not had prior experience…so new territory completely. I have been focusing of late on what it is that inspires or motivates some of us to take action and others to be hesitant. Even for myself, why do I sometimes feel like there is nothing stopping me and on other days I allow roadblocks to get in the way of my success.
Unpacking this I have come up with a simple model…and it goes like this. Firstly, no one of us is required to do anything that we are incapable of doing in our business role. When I look at the most successful people I know I realise that they often don’t have any special skill/s. However, they do act when they need to, and with confidence. This brings me to the point of understanding how they become so confident and I peel it back another layer. Where does confidence come from? Additionally, some of us are very susceptible to the voices in our head and they are almost on auto-replay. If those voices are pessimistic, fearful or obstructive, then you will not act outside them. They will control your thoughts and through that your emotions and your behaviours.
The first step is then to make a decision that you want to be the best version of yourself..whatever that is. From there it is initially about building an optimistic mindset…the “I can do this” approach. This optimism is infectious and if managed appropriately can influence all of your thoughts and ultimately your emotions and your behaviours. Where does optimism come from? It’s just a choice….like happiness.
Once we have the optimism nailed, we will start to empower ourselves with courage. It is the courage that is needed to overcome our innate and often unspoken fears….fear of failure or fear of getting it wrong, and sometimes even fear of success itself. When we become fearless, courage takes over and blended with optimism – two things happen. Our confidence grows and opportunities appear. There you have it…the secret to overcoming the inertia of inaction. Everything can be broken into bite sized bits… even Action itself.
Hope it helps.