Have you ever wanted to move forward with a goal, but didn’t know where to start? Do you ever feel as though you could achieve more than you are at the moment, but confused about what your next steps should be? Believe it or not, you’re not alone.
We all have something we want to achieve, but sometimes life gets in the way and we can get off track. The expression “can’t see the wood for the trees” comes to mind, as sometimes our goals may seem too big (or too small) and we lose focus. This is where coaching comes in.
What is Coaching?
Coaching is the practice of helping someone move from where they are now to where they want to be through a series of structured sessions. Unlike mentoring (where a mentor guides someone based on lessons learnt from their own knowledge and experiences) coaching is not about advising or telling. Instead, coaching is about helping someone unlock the answers and potential they have within; it’s practical, goal-oriented, action-driven and future-focused.
The Rise of Coaching in HR
In John Whitmore’s book Coaching for Performance, coaching is defined as “unlocking people’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.” No wonder coaching’s such a useful tool in HR development initiatives! More and more organisations are realising the value of coaching, equipping their employees and managers with the right tools and creating an environment where their employees thrive.
Personal Benefits of Coaching
Though many organisations are benefiting from the practice, coaching is not just a workplace tool. Personal or career coaching (among other forms) can be highly effective for individuals who want to unlock their potential in other areas of their lives. It can support an individual in building awareness, accountability and confidence as it focuses on the individual’s inner resources. Through regular sessions, the coachee can develop a plan to achieve their goal through exploring their current situation, the options they have available and the best way forward.
You may wish to use coaching if you are a job seeker, student, new graduate starting their career or you simply want to be more effective and focused in your current role. So whether for work or personal ambitions, why not give coaching a go?
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Amalia is currently completing her Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching from The Coaching Academy and is offering FREE coaching sessions exclusively to myHRcareers members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.