What is "Personal Performance Coaching"?
Coaching is a partnership between coach and client which aims to inspire the client to maximise their personal and professional potential. We use lessons learned in the world of elite sport to help clients recognise their strengths and use them to achieve their goals. Coaching is a journey of self-discovery and personal empowerment, it is not us telling you what to do.
Coaching is also different to counselling - as a general rule counselling looks to solve problems by understanding past issues, coaching is almost exclusively future focused.
What can coaching help me with?
An individual or group might choose to work with a coach for many reasons including, but not limited too:
- Having something urgent, exciting or compelling at stake (a new challenge, opportunity or long term goal)
- A gap exists in current knowledge, skills, confidence or resources
- A desire to accelerate change/results
- Work and life balance are out of sync
How does coaching work?
Coaching is usually delivered 1:1 or in small groups in the case of working with teams. The sessions will look to identify key goals and objectives and help the client explore ways in which they could set about achieving them. Along the way we will stage some interventions which help the client learn more about themselves, their current ways of working and look towards ways they could work more efficiently.
Our process involves a lot of questions and no criticism - our place is not to judge, only to help the client reach their full potential. We will listen objectively and provide observations, act as a sounding board for new ideas and concepts, encourage clients to challenge themselves and others, help foster new ways of thinking and challenge blind spots.
As a client you will lead the coaching agenda based on your own aspirations and goals/objectives, reflect on sessions and challenges in-between, assume responsibility for personal decisions and behaviours, be prepared to challenge your current beliefs, attitudes and behaviours and above all have the courage to reach for more than ever before.
How many sessions do I need and how much will it cost?
The number of sessions required varies by every client, the size/length of their particular goals and how engaged they are with the process. Being coached requires work on the part of the client - we are not here to tell you what to do - the more the client is prepared to engage and explore, the more they will get out of the process.
We would typically recommend a series of 3 face to face sessions backed up by email/telephone in between over a given period - this gives a good opportunity for the coach and client to establish a relationship, identify goals/objectives and start the process of behaviour change, whilst giving enough time in-between for the client to put learning into practice and reflect on the impact.
What about confidentiality?
We will maintain professional boundaries in the coaching relationship, including confidentiality and adhere to the coaching profession code of ethics. We aim to create a safe, risk free environment for coaching sessions to allow the maximum openness and learning/development to take place.
We hope that gives you a better idea of how coaching can help - if you have any other questions please contact us here