This week is International Coaching Week. If you are not a coach that may not mean much to you. This is the week in which those working in the industry come together to focus on CPD and to promote the benefits of coaching. If you have ever wondered “What is coaching and how could it help me?” then this blog is for you.
What is Coaching?
Coaching is a bespoke form of personal and/or professional development. A professional coach can help you to set and achieve personal and/or professional goals by supporting, listening, challenging, guiding and, in some instances, training you.
Why Might I Need a Coach?
Sometimes in life you can see where you want to be but have absolutely no idea how to get there. You can see the obstacles and barriers to your success but don’t quite know how to get over them. Coaching can help you to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
Sometimes you don’t have any idea where you want to be or what you want to do. You just know that you don’t want to stay stuck where you are now. Coaching can help you to gain some clarity.
How do Coaches Work?
Some coaches work in a completely non-directive way. They ask questions and allow you to formulate your own plan based on what you already know.
Some coaches, particularly performance coaches, work in a very directive way. They will tell the client exactly what to do to make a difference – for example a coach might tell a tennis player to extend their reach by an extra 2cm on the serve to maximise power.
At Yellow Dot Women we work in a semi-directive way, which falls somewhere between the two. We will never tell you what to do but we might help you to increase your skills and knowledge so that you formulate a plan based on the best information – not just on what you already know.
A coach will listen to you, properly listen to everything you say and try to understand what you really want from life – personally and/or professionally. A coach will help you to understand yourself and your challenges and will enable you to see potential ways forward. It’s up to you which way you go.
Once you have decided on a way forward a coach will support you to set goals (where appropriate) and work creatively to help you take each step towards them – this may include elements of counselling, one-to-one training or involve engaging with external support.
Finally, a coach will encourage and support you throughout the journey, will challenge you to stay on track and keep your promises to yourself and will be your cheerleader when you reach the finish line.
At the end of the process you should feel happier and more in control with a genuine sense of achievement. You will also have gained some self-awareness and/or have developed some sustainable new skills.
At Yellow Dot Women we work predominantly with women but also with couples and businesses.
If you are wondering why we work predominantly with women please click here.
The initial focus may be around life, parenting, relationships, personal fulfilment or professional aspirations. Coaching can essentially help with any and all aspects of life.
Sometimes couples get stuck. They don’t necessarily need counselling, their relationship may still be strong, they just need help to get out of a rut, to work together on some shared goals and to feel like they are growing, together. Coaching can help.
Leadership coaching (also called business coaching or executive coaching) focusses on a senior manager (usually an MD or CEO) or business owner. The aim is to establish a bench mark of strengths and weaknesses and to build on them. The ultimate aim is to achieve the organisational objectives through better leadership.
Team coaching usually combines one-to-one sessions with each team member and group sessions designed to integrate skills, to help team members value differences and to work together to achieve shared goals.
What is Coaching and How Could it Help Me?
If you still have questions please contact Fiona to find out how Yellow Dot Women can help you.
We offer an initial consultation free of charge so you can be sure that we are the people you want to work with. Please click below to contact us.