What happens in coaching?
Identifying your goals
Coaching focuses on helping you identify achievable goals related to your personal or interpersonal development needs.
Developing your capabilities
Coaching helps you break down your goals into a series of capabilities. The process of helping you develop your capabilities involves using a range of techniques such as role-plays, empty chair work, pen and paper exercises, homework tasks, brainstorming, demonstrations and guiding questions.
- Sessions usually last between 1 to 3 hours
- Programmes are tailored to your needs, and might include the following or other arrangements of your choice.
- 5 or 10 sessions lasting 1 hour with a 3 month follow up
- 2 or 3 sessions lasting three hours with a 3 month follow up
- 1 three hour sessions followed by a 3 month follow up
- Sessions can usually be conducted at your place of work or at my consulting room
The benefits of coaching
Develop a skills set
Traditional courses and workshops usually focus on group acquisition of skills or capabilities, which may not meet your needs exactly. Coaching aims to follow your own particular learning styles, and let you develop your skills and capabilities at your natural pace.
Acceleration of skills
Since coaching uses intensive 1 to 1 sessions, these can nurture your skills and capabilities faster than can be achieved in a group context, or through self taught methods.
Most people find that coaching can help them fast-track a career move, or help them understand how to ascend an organisational ladder, by acquiring the interpersonal or personal development needed to function in senior organisational roles.
Which models of coaching do you use?
I use a range of performance coaching models to help you, as a junior, middle or senior manager, tackle anxieties and unravel blocks to your personal development and interpersonal skills, so that you are able to excel in your leadership roles. My coaching work is also informed by therapeutic principles drawn from cognitive-behavioural, psychoanalytic and integrative approaches.
Limitations of coaching
Coaching has a number of limitations. Although coaching can have a therapeutic effect on a your life and work, coaching is not the same as counselling or psychotherapy.
How is coaching different to other therapies
Counselling and psychotherapy tends to focus on emotional, psychological and mental health problems. In contrast, coaching is mainly concerned with focusing on your personal and professional development.
No quick fixes to personal change
Although coaching can help you to begin the process of developing your capabilities, this is not a quick fix approach. The process of bringing about change also requires a single-minded commitment to your personal and interpersonal development.
No change without effort
Bringing about change also requires that you not only work outside of your coaching sessions, but you also put into daily practice what you have discovered in your coaching sessions.
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