Coaching is a structured conversation with measurable outcomes. It is a collaborative process between you (the coaching client) and me (the coach) to identify and remove anything that limits your potential.
Our relationship is framed by adult learning principles to encourage you to:
Most coaching begins at the cognitive level. You are asked to think differently about the issue(s). There are many coaching models but the processes are generally similar.
A goal is a dream with substance. Properly set goals can be incredibly motivating and put you in the right mindset. In order to achieve your goals, you must make changes.
Ask yourself – am I ready to make these changes? Do I have the capacity and the willingness to do so?
There can be a disconnection between our present and future selves. Indeed, research has shown that “thinking about the future self elicits patterns similar to those when thinking of a stranger.” (Herschfield et al, 2009).
If this is the case, how well do we know ourselves, and how do we keep motivated to implement our goals?
Are you aware of how your beliefs, feelings and behaviours have influenced your personal and professional life? Has this helped or hindered you?
Ancient Greek philosophers considered the ability to “know thyself” as the pinnacle of humanity. Neuroscientists have identified various pathways in brain regions that are critical for self-awareness.
The more we know of our cognitive biases, the better we become at regulating our emotions.
Motivation is a critical factor influencing our decision-making, behaviour and ultimately, our success.
Our motivation levels are driven by internal and external factors.
If you are a leader, then you need to understand what factors motivate your team, and actively build your motivation techniques to support them.
Daniel Pink put it best when he said that motivation levels soar when we have autonomy, mastery and purpose. Indeed, whilst financial reward is a motivator to some, it is not a motivator to all. And in certain circumstances it can be a demotivator.
Artist Paul Davies is clear on his path to mastery. When he is in flow, the world fades into the background, and there is just he, his materials and his thoughts.
Are you an active listener – listening with an open mind, rather than formulating responses as you listen?
Do you say “Yes, and…” when you hear their idea or suggestion?
Are you open to the idea that you may be wrong?
Have you walked in their shoes?
Are you committed to their growth?
Do you have a visionary story? Do you live it?
Do you submit yourself to the mirror test?
Do you look after yourself?
Do you love what you do?
Are you responsible enough to “sometimes piss people off”? (General Colin Powell)
Our coaching relationship with you is based on the following principles:
We are not there to give you advice nor tell you what to do.
Our role is to maximise your resourcefulness
Our relationship is based on mutual trust and respect.
If there is no action and sustainable change, then all we are doing are having a series of conversations.
We will hold you accountable; you will do the same of us as your coach.