How many times have you had work issues that you feel are unsolvable? How many times have you felt isolated and not getting the best out of individuals or your team? How long has this been going on? Days, months, even years?
There is no guaranteed solution to all your problems, but one that can certainly help is Coaching. Coaching, when conducted correctly, can provide many benefits to individuals team and organisations. Some of these are highlighted in the diagram below:
Two questions that I am often posed are: ‘Can anyone be a Coach?’
If so, ‘What does it take to be a Coach?’
The answer to the first question in theory is Yes. I answer it similar to someone who asks if everyone can draw. We can all draw (yes, even a stick man) – the difference is that some are better than others, and some appear to have a nature gift, whilst others have developed these expert skills over time. However, we can all learn to draw, and we can all get better with practice and knowledge. As with any ‘art’ the key is developing further and in time getting better.
An artist has to develop in two ways, understanding the practical aspects of art – like light, shade, different mediums, the composition of paints, paper and canvas for example. At the same time they need to develop further any natural skills and talents they may have which are further developed and honed over time.
The same can be said for a good Coach. There are many excellent Coaches who started a little under-confident, unsure of the process, had some bad experiences along the way, but they learnt what did work, what didn’t work and so gained knowledge from this experience. There will be times when you will fail, the session didn’t go as planned, but like all failures, you re-try again. As they often say in the learning and development world FAIL is your First Attempt In Learning.
This leads onto the qualities and attributes of a good Coach. There are many. These include, patience, understanding, questioning skills, motivator, good listener, creative thinker, give appropriate feedback – all the key interpersonal and communication skills and more. The diagram below highlights some of these.
So, if you want to become a Coach or even increase your knowledge, tools, or techniques then the highly interactive Coaching programmes within GLOMACS portfolio are your first step to Mastering the ‘Art’ of Coaching.