The power of coaching
Millions of people worldwide are waking up to the benefits of having a coach-mentor. Someone whose specific role is to help you in a non-judgmental, yet objective way, achieve your dreams, goals and ambitions… even if you’ve yet to clearly define what these might be! Having an experienced, well-qualified and professional coach-mentor can provide you with a much-needed competitive edge.
I meet thousands of people every year through my trainings, keynotes and coach-mentoring. Typical key frustrations are coping with the pressures and stresses of contemporary life, a lack of time to reflect and plan effectively, an inability to cope with shifting priorities, difficulty in really levering off training experiences, a lack of influence, or confidence, problems in communicating their message, an insecure career situation, or an inability to follow through on their own dreams, intentions and action plans.
So… what exactly is coaching?
My interpretation is: “Confidential and developmental conversations between a trusted coach-mentor and their client (the coach-mentee) designed to help them achieve their immediate goals as well as their longer-term aspirations… whatever those may be!”
As an executive and career coaching professional, I adhere to a Situational Coach-Mentoring approach to ensure that I support the very varied needs and agendas of my Coachees. This helps build your confidence and competence by developing what is sometimes metaphorically called your left and right brain functions… simply put:
- Left-Brain Thinking (logical, planned, goal-oriented, facts rule OK, traditional, objective, your formal education).
- Right-Brained Thinking (intuitive, values- and feelings-based, risk-taking, spiritual, big picture thinking, spatial reasoning).
You can be confident that you will be supported by my immense experience in management and policy consultancy; as a non exec director, as well as my presentation, communications, and keynote speaking expertise; and my persuasion, negotiation and influencing skills.
The different LEVELS of coach-mentoring support
LEVEL ONE SUPPORT: provides you with practical help with specific short-term challenges such as dealing with conflict at work, preparing for a job interview or a presentation, managing a complex project, taking over a new team, moving into a new role, and reviewing your skills etc.
LEVEL TWO SUPPORT: can help you deal with deeper issues like wanting to:
- be more open or effective in communicating with others
- enhance your inner confidence
- increase your personal and professional effectiveness
- improve your management and leadership impact
- enhance your ‘technical’ and perceptual skills by better utilising both ‘Right-Brain’ and ‘Left Brain’ thinking
LEVEL THREE SUPPORT: fewer coaches are experienced enough to help you make ‘inside-out’ transformative changes, ie supporting an ‘enduring and positive development in your fundamental view of life and of yourself, your surroundings and your way of ‘being’ in the world’.
This is a great option for those of you wishing to re-evaluate your life, business, or your career, to explore the ‘inner-you’ in order to map out new strategies for the rest of your life.
And IMPORTANTLY, research in the US demonstrates that senior managers who develop increased self-awareness and emotional intelligence make for much more effective leaders and have a direct impact on a company’s bottom line.
As my client, I will take you through a professional, challenging yet supportive process designed to help you:
- Develop self-awareness (and an awareness of your impact on others) via Motivational Map technology, Myers Briggs, TKI and other very effective coaching instruments:
- Manage negative emotions (becoming less egotistical / more resourced)
- More motivated and self-responsible (taking appropriate action)
- Develop sustaining relationships (improving levels of empathy, perception, rapport with others)
- Improve your profile, impact and influence
- Communicate and present better
- Think and act more strategically
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About my coaching contracting process
I will share with you my professional ethics and coach-mentoring values, and we will agree on the ground rules.
We will establish our relationship to build trust and rapport, and I will help you to identify your agenda and goals, and to set out an action plan if appropriate.
Our relationship will offer up opportunities for your self-reflection and self-analysis through a variety of tools, inventories and learning conversations. It will also help you identify and better utilise your intellectual, emotional, and spiritual domains.
I will support you in finding your inner wisdom and learning from those ‘light-bulb moments’, and help you to utilise the resources you require, both ‘internally’ and externally to support positive change.
Don’t be surprised if I gently challenge your assumptions and encourage you to experience new perceptions, behaviours and positive habits.
I can offer you the opportunity to be ‘observed’ in your place of work in real time, should you so wish, as well as design your own 360 degree feedback survey to support your development.
Encourage you in regular and structured reflection on thoughts and actions experienced in between sessions.
Make time for a review of our coaching relationship, and for me to share what I’ve learned from our relationship.
And finally, ensure you develop an ongoing development plan for when our relationship ends.