Coaching is everywhere – there are coaches and coaching schools popping up all-over Australia and South East Asia. The predictions are that coaching as an occupation will continue to be one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. There is every niche coach you can think of out there vying for a share of the market.
As an accredited experienced executive coach I can say with some authority that there is one reason driving the demand for coaching – coaching is the most effective means to improve performance.
Putting life coaches and the I can make a $1M for your business in 2 weeks coaches to one side – the goal of good coaching is to provide the client with the environment, the rigour and support to make the changes they may need to make to reach their outcome.
At it’s core, coaching focuses all attention on supporting the client to find the right answers/ direction for themselves. It is not about telling someone what they should do or having a friendly conversation. Coaching is about working with the client and using techniques to ask questions that build awareness for the client. Sometimes those questions can be tough but why would you pay a coach to agree with you if you wanted a different result.
This same technique is used in workplaces between people managers and their employees – coaching teaches the employee to work out what they need to do to meet the objective.
If you are still unsure about coaching – try some simple self coaching exercise.
Take out a piece of paper and start by thinking or a problem that you are currently experiencing and the outcome you would like. Then work through the following questions.
- What is your goal?
- What would change is you achieved your goal?
- Where are you now in relation to your goal?
- What is holding you back from achieving your goal?
- What options do you have to achieve your goal?
- What else could you do?
- What support do you need?
- What actions will you take?
- When are you going to start?
- How committed are you to achieving your goal?
Coaching teaches people to think differently about their situation. In my coaching practice I have seen people tap into internal resources they were convinced they did not possess and create the perfect solutions for their situation.
In a workplace, an employee that takes responsibility, solves problems and achieves goals is engaged and of considerably value to a business. Equally a disengaged employee who through coaching decides to move on to a different job can save a business a lot of time and money.
If your goal is improved performance in what ever form that take for you coaching can get you to your results in a way that no other technique can.