The role of a coach is often misunderstood. It’s not about supplying answers; it’s about helping others perform at their peak abilities. A coach helps an individual or team recognise their strengths and helps develop them.
The executive coach will help those that have become stuck or side-tracked, to move again in the right direction. This ability to guide individuals along a path from where they are, to where they want to be is central to the role of the coach.
A coach will help you identify the new cognitive skills and capabilities you need to learn to help you progress. You will learn and develop new strategies for thinking and performing better under pressure. Engaging a professional coach requires you both work towards the same clear, achievable, resourced and agreed outcomes; it’s not about having the occasional chat, without actions or consequences.
Working with a qualified coach, you will begin to transform vague and ill-defined outcomes and desires into well-formed, achievable outcomes that will change your life at work and at home. You will discover what you want, what will really make a difference and then visualise the positive outcomes from achieving this goal. Your coach will help you establish first the what, then the how.
The resources necessary to help you achieve your goal will be laid out before you and a coach will help you break it down into small steps, help you ‘own’ your goal and the actions required to achieve it. And of course, perhaps most important of all, a coach will help you start, with a simple first step. Remember, never getting started at something is the easiest way to fail.
So let’s get you started with a simple first step. Having come this far, it’s a simple phone call or email to arrange a no-obligation conversation, typically involving coffee or tea, to explore how I might be able to help you.
I will listen carefully as you detail your current situation, personally and professionally and establish if coaching is the solution, and of course if I am the right coach for you. If I’m not the right fit for you I will happily refer you to one of my most trusted associates in the coaching profession who I believe might suit you better.
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