Coaching is an increasing phenomenon in business and career management, but the majority of people don’t understand what it is or how it might help them.
Coaching is Misunderstood
Maybe it is because there are so many people who claim to be coaches, or the view that it is just paying someone to have a chat that gets it a bad press. The reality is that coaching continues to be misunderstood because the majority of us have never actually experienced coaching either formally or informally.
What is Coaching?
Coaching is a process of targeted listening and questioning that aims to help somebody to analyse their current situation and identify the blockages that prevent them from achieving their goals. It is not like training, which tells someone what to do. Being coached is a far more difficult process to experience.
Coaching is about building a greater understanding of your self as an individual; all the experiences that formed the person that you are.
It is only when this difficult self reflection stage has been completed that you will be able to decide where you really want to be and develop strategies that will help you get there.
Difficult Home Truths
Getting to where you want to be in your career, may involve having to acknowledge some very difficult truths about yourself and your behaviour. It may mean admitting that the path you had been following is not the one you really wanted to be on. It may mean having to accept that you will have to make some radical changes to realise your goals.
Support in Difficult Process
If you think your coach is going to provide the answers you will be very disappointed.
Your coach is there to support you through what can be a very difficult process.
They will ask you questions and provide you with feedback. If necessary they will provide you with a safe environment to practice new behaviours or rehearse situations you have difficulty with. But the answers have to come from you.