Coaching

As a coach, I work with people to achieve positive change in their lives – identifying what will make the biggest difference to their confidence, career, and/or wellbeing - or helping uncover their unique strengths and personal purpose so they can find their ‘mojo' again.

In essence, coaching is helping someone to bring out their full potential.  I provide a range of coaching services for individuals, groups and teams. Leadership Coaching raises self-awareness, increases motivation and provides accountability, while Team Coaching focuses on building group skills and maximising performance. According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), professional coaching is:

...an ongoing relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organisations. Through the process of coaching, the client deepens their learning, improves their performance, and enhances their quality of life.

Coaching is a suitable intervention if you can answer "yes" to any of these questions:

  • Do you need to build your confidence about a new role/challenge?
  • Are you having trouble making an important decision?
  • Have you changed role and you need some help to adapt and cope?
  • Are you feeling dissatisfied with your work, or need to get your ‘mojo’ back?
  • Do you need some strategies to improve an interpersonal relationship?
  • Are you having trouble speaking-up and contributing at work in the way you’d like to?
  • Could you work/life balance do with some ‘tweaking’, but you’re not sure where to start?
(Graphic courtesy of ICFA Victoria Branch)

How is coaching different to counselling, or mentoring?

Coaching is not about fixing something that is wrong and coaches do not try to fix people. A professional sportsperson does not have a coach because they play badly; they engage a coach because they want to be the best that they can be.This is also the case for coaching, which is primarily about learning and growth.

Coaching sessions are aimed at enhancing your performance. As an outcome of coaching, you can make adjustments to what you're doing, and in turn these incremental changes lead to better overall performance. Coaching will normally focus on issues related to the workplace, but not to the exclusion of the many inter-personal and intra-personal factors that may impact on your work performance - you are a whole person and you bring your whole self to coaching.

Some of the outcomes of coaching might be that you:

  • gain greater self-awareness.
  • overcome self-doubt and develop resilience in your role.
  • improve your leadership and/or communication style.
  • identify your own learning needs and develop a professional development plan.
  • gain greater clarity regarding your career direction.
  • explore positive strategies for managing the challenges you face at work.

Please contact me if you would like to talk about whether coaching is an appropriate intervention and how you (or your team) might benefit from coaching.