1. What is coaching?
“Coaching is the art of facilitating another person’s learning, development, well-being and performance.
Coaching raises self-awareness and identifies choices. Through coaching, people are able to find their own solutions, develop their own skills, and change their own attitudes and behaviours. The whole aim of coaching is to close the gap between people’s potential and their current state” (Rogers, J., 2016)
2. How can coaching help?
Coaching raises awareness and understanding; of self and others. This allows us to respond and interact more comfortably and enjoy harmonious relationships with a broad spectrum of people. Greater relational awareness and interpersonal understanding facilities the achievement of both personal and professional goals, ambitions and aspirations.
3. What is team coaching?
Team coaching supports the delivery of desired outcomes. It does this by identifying common goals, team purpose, roles and responsibility. Team processes are aligned to ensure effective collaboration when members are working together and apart. The dynamic between the team and the wider systemic/organisational context is central to what we do.
4. How does coaching differ from mentoring, counselling and consulting?
Mentoring is characterised by the passing on of wisdom, skills and knowledge to enhance the mentee’s professional growth. Counselling is focussed on resolving personal or psychological problems, often with a focus on the origin of these problems in the past. Counselling is often a long term intervention.
Consulting involves the giving of expert knowledge and advice to other professionals. Coaching focuses on developing behavioural change in the client, regardless of the client’s industry or educational background. It is primarily concerned with a person’s current functioning, motivation and performance. Taking previous experiences into account, the aim is to develop resilience in the present and direction for the future. Coaching facilitates a client to become aware of their behaviours and to take positive action towards their areas of growth. It is a short term intervention.
5. What is a coaching culture?
A coaching culture is an environment where there is a shared commitment to grow the organisation and a parallel commitment to grow the people within it. All employees are valued and treated with respect and dignity. Open, honest and supportive conversations take place between leaders, managers and staff at every level. Organisations where coaching is embedded give rise to stimulating and challenging work environments. A coaching culture supports the development of individuals, teams and the organisation as a whole by optimising engagement, delivering results and contributing to a bright future for all.