A recent post on this blog about “what coaching is“, as usual prompted further questions and requests for more information on what coaching entails. Clearly there remain misunderstandings about the role of coaching within businesses and organisations, with some people still associating it with a form of remedial ‘treatment’. Having said that, I do see far greater awareness and understanding today, than even a few short years ago. Not so long ago, you might have heard a reaction from a colleague that went something like this.
“Oh you are getting ‘coaching’. Why? What’s wrong? Did your annual appraisal go badly?”
The implication (and misunderstanding) of course being that coaching was being used as a tool to ‘fix’ something that had clearly gone wrong. Perhaps to raise someone’s poor performance to a more acceptable level.
Now, I find you are much more likely to hear something like the following.
“Oh you are getting ‘coaching’. Amazing!! They must think a lot of you and see massive potential. I wish I could get coaching through my company.”
This shift in mindset, also reflects a much more accurate understanding of what coaching is; an approach that helps people fulfil their potential. Not a tool for rehabilitation or rectification, but a vehicle that allows people to explore their values and beliefs, their vision and their purpose. It is much more sought after, and is now seen as one of the ‘perks’ of the job. Career changers, especially those in middle management and executive positions, are more and more looking for coaching as an incentive, and benefit provision, when choosing between companies, reflecting the increasing value being placed upon it.
Coaching enables people to gain greater self-awareness and insight, allowing them to make informed choices and decisions, to be more conscious of how they react in given situations, and to develop life-strategies that will serve them more effectively. Coaching, quite simply, helps people get more of what they want, be more fulfilled, and enable more success.
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