How Does Coaching Work?
The goal of coaching is to harness and maximize the talent stored in ourselves, while minimizing opportunity cost in failing to do so, in failing to tap potential. Executive Coaching is a science-validated, evidence-based process that is at once highly structured, yet fluidly adaptable to the client’s learning needs.
Coaching is intended to widen your repertoire. It’s easy to fall into a habitual pattern of choices – for example we often get our lunch from the same takeout; or we take the same route to work every day. Chances are good that we evolved these “solutions” after a period of trial and error – same as we do our behaviors. Once we have our pattern, habit and efficiency usually carry the day and many of us do not vary our routes or repertoire much, except with conscious effort. Coaching is part of that effort to re-evaluate achievable and productive additions to our repertoire, whether it means new behaviors and strategies for dealing with issues, or altering our responses to situations.
The process of coaching starts with identifying and recruiting an individual or team’s key strengths in the service of the desired change. Good goals and action plans are made possible by collecting good data and the presentation of honest, reliable feedback. From here coaching is a collaborative effort to identify the change most likely to make a difference, and the learning methods most likely to support sustainable growth.
The change and skills derived from coaching can vary from solving specific problems, to learning new skills, be they interpersonal skills or self-management skills. In all cases coaching aims to increase awareness and the capacity to be present, be more reflective and intentional.