If you look back over the number of years that you have worked in the corporate world, you may realize that you are a much improved version of yourself and have also made a difference to your organization(s). But have you ever wondered – how different it would have been if you had someone who was unbiased, had your best interest at heart and had guided you through that journey? How much more could you have done or achieved? Could you have delivered a more significant impact for your organization?
If you have been coached in the past, you will know that there are many benefits to having a professional coach. It is proven and accepted across the world that coaching can make a difference to people and their careers. Many of our clients have shared their coaching experiences with us – most have seen positive impacts on their careers and lives. Most of them felt that it offered them a safe space to speak their mind, explore various alternatives and acquire different perspectives, without the risk of being judged! It gave them a completely new way of viewing the world around them, helped them in making the choices which enabled them to accomplish their goals and gave them the confidence to go ahead and achieve their dreams!
I almost always start my coaching engagement by asking a simple question, “have you ever experienced coaching earlier?” This question provides me with a good Segway to explain coaching and to set expectations.
Coaching is an invaluable tool for personal development. A Coach helps the client achieve personal and professional goals through a structured approach which helps the client arrive at the ‘right’ solutions that take into account the unique perspective of the client and the situation. These Solutions are uniquely customized because the client comes up with them during the coaching conversation(s). Coaching helps clients make profound and lasting transformation in their lives and careers. That is the reason why coaching conversations are described by terms like ‘thought provoking’, ‘deep’, ‘sharp’ and ‘’insightful’. A lot of the ‘magic’ happens between the coaching sessions because of the deep thinking/ introspection that happens during these sessions triggers the thinking process. Clients often share that they continued thinking about the conversation and got many more insights.
During a session the Coach tells you the hard truth, challenges you but also helps you appreciate your unlimited potential.
Many of my clients have also told me that when they started their coaching journey their objectives/ expectations were quite small, but soon they discovered that this was just the tip of the iceberg and in the end they got much more than they had bargained for initially.
Some common feedback that our clients have shared with us after completing their coaching engagement are as follows: –
- Establish clear objectives and work towards meeting them.
- Build better interpersonal skills.
- Gained more confidence
- Learned to handle delicate situations.
- Acquired skills to carry out difficult conversations without severing the relationship with the other person.
- Became more self-reliant
- Achieved greater job and life satisfaction.
- Made a better contribution to the team and the organization.
- Began to take more responsibility and accountability for actions and commitments.
- Worked more easily and productively with others (boss, direct reports, peers)
- Better Communication
- Became better at managing conflicting priorities
- Became better at managing emotions
- Discovered their authentic leadership style to lead with confidence
It’s never too late to get a coach. Coach is fully committed to YOU and helps you in achieving goals of your life. Choose to be the leader you know you can be! Invite a coach to be the companion on your journey to becoming that leader.