There is a reason most business leaders today have a coach. A coach is not there to fix anyone, but to support the coachee in his/her role.
Although we might get hired based on our skills and ability to perform specific tasks in an organisation, it's important to remember that we always bring ourselves, the individual that we are, along. Who you are has a deep impact on your working self, and to achieve the best results it is paramount that the full self is aligned with the working self.
Every company has a unique culture, made up of a leadership philosophy and of the various individuals that form the teams. Using coaching in a corporate setting is an efficient way of getting the business going, limiting frictions and motivating everyone to doing their best by tapping into their strengths and best versions of themselves.
More and more organisations discover that not only is the value of coaching great for the individuals being coached, but that it is also a long-term profitable investment. Employees being coached report feeling more confident, both in interpersonal relationships and how they meet challenges, as well as having a greater confidence in making decisions.
"In every human endeavor there are two arenas of engagement: the outer and the inner. The outer game is played on an external arena to overcome external obstacles to reach an external goal. The inner game takes place within the mind of the player and is played against such obstacles as fear, self-doubt, lapses in focus, and limiting concepts or assumptions. The inner game is played to overcome the self-imposed obstacles that prevent an individual or team from accessing their full potential."
Morgan, Ted, Oz in the Astrodome, New York Times, December 9, 1973
A coach can be your sparring partner and your support.
Many business leaders use coaching as a method to improve their own leadership skills; challenging themselves, finding or inventing solutions to obstacles and problems, understanding their own strengths and weaknesses. By going through this process, they become better leaders.
Team coaching is a powerful way to enhance cooperation and communication. It facilitates understanding, motivation and breaks down invisible barriers that may exist between team members. It is also a way of finding and manifesting common values and ambitions, and ultimately enhances the performance of a professional team.
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The Positive Effects of Coaching
The below data pertains to a client survey that was independently conducted by PriceWaterhouseCooper and commissioned by ICF (International Coaching Federation)*.
- 70% reported improved work performance
- 61% reported improved business management
- 80% reported improved self confidence.
- 73% reported improved relationships.
- 72% reported improved communication skills.
- 67% reported improved Life/Work Balance.
- 96% would repeat the process.
Some favourite coaching videos
EXECUTIVE COACHING SESSION - A sample
Look for the breakthrough in this short video.
Mike Robbins in a TED talk about vulnerability, culture and bringing your whole self to work. (12 minutes.)