Coaching for Success. What is coaching and how can it help you?
As a coach, I love this quote from the great tennis player, Arthur Ashe. It’s de-mystifies the ‘journey’ to success and reminds us how accessible our everyday hopes and dreams really are. Sometimes we just need a reminder and perhaps a helping hand. Most of us already have the tools we need to achieve our goals at our disposal, but in reality seeing this clearly and taking the right steps can be difficult. A good coach will help you identify where you want to go and how you’re going to get there.
All of us at points in our life will have a goal or ambition that we’d like to achieve or a realisation that we need to make a change in our life in order to improve it. This may be personal or professional, but whatever it is we may also realise that we need some support to help us get there. Coaching can provide that support and enable you to achieve your goals more quickly.
Coaching as a professional practice has evolved in response to the need for people to talk through the issues and challenges they face and their journey to achieve their goals. It is different to advising, therapy or counselling as it is very much about looking and moving forward – helping you to identify exactly what it is you want to achieve and understand how you’re going to get there. A good coach can help you find the motivation and inspiration that you are looking for.
Examples of the kind of projects or circumstances that a coach can help you with professionally include setting up/growing a business, role changes, managing your time, reducing stress, improving your work life balance and managing a tricky professional relationship.
Performance coaching aims to help individuals unlock and fulfil their potential in order to maximise their own performance. Performance coaching can make a huge difference to individuals at all levels within the business struggling in their role, adapting to promotion or a role change and to employees identified as high performers wanting to maximise their delivery. It can also be a very effective tool to support new recruits settle into to a business and employees new to management. Coaching is a valuable every-day people management technique for line managers, which is why businesses are increasingly opting to train their people managers in coaching skills.
Small Business Coaching
Small business coaching is performance coaching specifically tailored to provide development support to small business owners and entrepreneurs – both at the concept stage (eg defining business goals, developing marketing strategies, writing a business plan) and in helping them to overcome challenges, grow or re-structure.
With 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and Learning and Development, both as an in-house practitioner and as a consultant to small businesses, Kate Wright has extensive experience in coaching corporate leaders, managers, teams and small businesses.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a free and informal chat about how coaching might be able to help you unlock your potential and achieve your goals.