So, what’s in it for you?
Kevin J Waters
There are times in our life when we can’t see the wood for the trees, we lose our confidence, feel we’re losing our touch or just stuck in a rut. We get to a precipice in our career, hit all our goals and then wonder, “what the Hell was that all about”?
Life, business and careers, can all seem so simple, until something changes. We may achieve our goal and wonder what to do next. We might have a setback, a personal or financial loss. Or change our mind about something and become disillusioned, over or underwhelmed. All of these emotions are temporary, even though they may feel permanent and unresolvable at the time.
Sometimes we just can’t figure it out on our own. We get tired of our own inner voice and feel a need to discuss our feelings and fears, just to make sense of the situation.
That’s were a coach comes in, not to fix you, not to tell you what to do, but to give you a safe, confidential space to discover where you are now and where you’d like to go from here.
How does it work?
An initial chat to see if there is some rapport, discover your needs and find out what you hope to gain from the work. Coaching is a two way conversation with you, the client, doing all or most of the talking. Together we’ll find some clarity.
After a few sessions, and the trust has been forged, my clients often discovers that their initial needs are covering a much deeper need or concern and this can be when the breakthroughs come. A coaches main skills lies in active listening and asking appropriate, open questions to allow the client to find a solution.
Often, we’ll work through some exercises together to help unveil a truth or open a doorway or I’ll offer alternative theories, ideas and strategies for us to discuss that may help you see things from a different perspective.
The coaching skillset and process is similar for all coaching types life, business and executive; the differences are in the coach having the experience, glossary and understanding of being in a similar, not the same, but similar circumstances.
Businesses require an understanding of the start up and early growth strategies, funding rounds, belief systems and resilience. Executive coaching requires an understanding of business processes, team dynamics and development, hybrid and local team management. Understanding stakeholder pressures, unconscious bias’s and modern decision making and leadership skills.