Coaching focuses on
creating the type of lives individuals want to create and how and who
they want to be in their life. Coaching often includes a focus on an
individual’s personal foundation, creating a strong and resilient base
in essential areas: physical health, emotional and mental health,
spiritual wellbeing; financial health; and creating environments which
nourish and sustain these areas.
(who by definition are people who have been trained and have formal
qualifications in an area of work, often supported by a code of ethics
/ practice), can be found in a range of businesses and organisations.
often have a reporting requirement to a Manager, who may provide a form
of supervision or who at least creates an environment for reporting.
often need an environment in which they can honestly share their ideas,
thoughts, feelings and or concerns without the sense that they are in
an environment of performance assessment. In addition, they also face
unique challenges associated with being a professional such as ethical
challenges; finding their voice as a professional and promoting the
profession as well as enhancing their professional skills and
Coaching can provide an ideal forum and space for
conversations which enable professionals to honestly but safely
critique their performance and reflect on the challenges in their
practice knowing that these discussions are not related to performance.
This does not mean that coachees are happy with the status quo.
Coaching gives them the space to consider taking calculated risks, to
experiment with ideas with the aims of growing as a professional and
gaining enhanced satisfaction and fulfillment from their vocation.
professionals, managers have unique challenges. They are the “meat in
the sandwich” reporting to a Director as well as managing direct
reports. They have to implement organisational policy and goals and
inspire others to participate and be accountable.
while often one that can be very fulfilling, can bring unique stresses
and demands for which coaching is a very useful support.
can support Managers to clarify areas of priority; consider strategies
for implementation in “political” environments, e.g. how to have tough
but motivating conversations with staff; how to lobby senior management
for support; how to assist managers to reflect on their motivations and
values and how to remain grounded and anchored in times of uncertainty;
as well as opportunities to celebrate successes and assist in learning
executives is fundamentally about giving an executive space to think
and reflect on strategy, whether this is an internal or external focus.
People in these roles have the greatest need to balance a focus on
internal performance with the challenges of sustaining and expanding
market growth, position and reputation.
These challenges rely on the
effectiveness of an executive’s leadership - their ability to inspire,
motivate and enable action throughout the organisation.
is the space where reflection on these issues can be provided giving an
individual time to consider what is working and alternative forms of
action; It is also a time for an individual to reflect on the “who” –
what type of leader are they? Do they want / need to change? What would
change be like for them?