Do you need a coach?
We are often asked by people whether they would benefit from having a coach and our answer is simple – yes you would. Everyone can benefit from having a coach. Well of course we would say that right, but having personally benefitted from coaching throughout our careers, we can speak personally and authentically about the value and impact it can have as well as the value and impact we see that it has on all the individuals we have coached over the years.
Why you might need a coach?
The reasons why people get a coach vary greatly and tend to largely depend on their situation however, it tends to boil down to one overarching reason: someone wanting to change something. It may be that they have a lack of confidence and self-esteem and are looking to become more confident. They may be in some form of transition and looking for help transitioning from one role to another e.g from a non-manager to manager. It could be that someone isn’t performing as well as they could and need some support to get their performance up to a certain level. It could also be that someone has a challenging relationship that they want to be able to manage better. Coaching can cover all of these areas and more.
So what are the benefits of getting a coach-mentor?
- Accountability – a coach helps you do what you say you are going to do as they will follow up with you and if an agreed action isn’t followed through then they will ask why.
- Focus/goals – a good coach will support you in creating clear goals and objectives and a plan for your progression. They will help you move beyond your comfort zone to help you achieve what you truly want to achieve.
- Encouragement – a good coach will constantly encourage and challenge you to do the things you have put off doing, or are fearful of trying/doing.
- Resources – a good coach will have a range of tools and techniques to share with you to help with your specific challenges.
- Development – a good coach will provide you with the space and time to think about your development, encourage you think big and help you understand what your development areas are.
- Positivity – a good coach always has a glass half full mind-set and will always challenge you to see the positive side of things.
- Different perspective – a good coach always help you to see different perspectives to any given situation. Whilst this sounds simple, we often don’t do this for ourselves and tend to only see situations from one perspective – our own.
- Self-awareness – Coaches help you figure out what you don’t know and whilst we think we know a lot about ourselves, which is true to a certain degree, we all have blind spots.
- Sharing of knowledge and experience – this is the mentoring bit and if invited, a good coach will share their knowledge and experience to help deepen your learning and development.
Coaching has many benefits and is one of the best investments you can make - if you are interested in getting a professional coach-mentor and understand how you could benefit from coaching please contact The OCM
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