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What is Coaching?

What is Coaching?

You've probably heard people talking about coaching in the workplace. You might have even received some coaching in the past, or you might have used coaching to improve a person's performance, even if you didn't actually describe it as "coaching" at the time.

What is Coaching

The gurus.

Timothy Gallwey in his series of books on “The Inner Game” is very clear: “Inner Game coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance; helping them to learn rather than teaching them”. And Sir John Whitmore in “Coaching for Performance”, probably the best single book available about coaching, says that “building awareness, responsibility and self-belief is the goal of a coach”

For me the coaching discipline is increasingly being recognised as a vital leadership skill. The ability to help people think for themselves, devise and find their own solutions, set goals and overcome barriers to reach them is essential in developing people.

Whatever level of leadership you are at, coaching may well be a more cost-effective and efficient method of developing your team and individuals.

Where Coaching Can Help

Here are a few examples of questions that you can answer with the benefit of coaching:

  • How can I manage my time better to achieve all I want in life?
  • How can I Manage my staff more effectively? - Dealing with underperformance, handling a difficult interpersonal relationship, conflict between staff.
  • How do I build my emotional intelligence- my resilience and my well-being and managing my internal dialogues- dealing with dips in my confidence?
  • How can I achieve a better balance between work life and home life?
  • How do I  Enhance my capacity to work in a changing environment?


Here are some reasons why it works:

Headspace Coaching gives you a space to take some breathing moments to reflect on what you are doing and more importantly why you are doing what you doing especially in a climate of reactivity.

Clarity. Coaching helps you to define what you want, not what you don’t want and more importantly how you’re going to get there. Once defined, coaching keeps you moving forward toward that goal or intention.

Power of the Internal Dialogue. We can easily self-sabotage ourselves by the internal chatter that we carry around. We use language to convey our thinking and feeling the professional coaching relationship serves to interrupt these unconscious patterns of behaviour‚ creating an opportunity to ‘stop the business as usual’, and consciously look at the reality and check for accuracy

Chunk down the big goals. An ongoing coaching relationship helps you define and take the first step towards that big goal‚ effectively moving out of inertia. You start to think in terms of, “What can I do today to help me move towards my goal?” Your coach is there to keep you on track all the way to the realization of your goal.

Accountability. Making a commitment to your coach increases the consciousness that is brought to that commitment. It is no longer simply something you want to do, but something you have committed to doing. Big difference.

Reflection & Inquiry. Questions and answers are at the heart of coaching. Thought and action are inspired through the process of inquiry . . . what do you want?, what stands in your way?, and, how are your going to get there?



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