Workplaces today are complex and turbulent environments; experiencing continuous churn, change and demands.
The world is changing fast too, and all organisations must be agile, resilient, forward-focused and brave if they are to succeed in these new terrains and achieve their vision.
This environment requires people to be skilled at managing and navigating the emerging workplace and be able to acquire new skills that will keep them current, resilient, inspired and playing to their strengths.
Learning & Development needs to offer choice, and whilst classroom, e-learning and online learning are significant ways of developing excellence, our people also require continuous ‘in-flight refuelling’ whilst on their journey of change and development. Two methods of refuelling include coaching and mentoring. Our coaches have many years experience working at senior and operational levels across the private and public sector.
How does Worklife Company deliver coaching to individuals?
Worklife Company coaches are qualified and have many years experience in personal development coaching, counselling, mentoring and training. Strong values underpin our work and are based on integrity, trust and respect for clients.
What is Coaching?
“Coaching” literally comes from an old Anglo-Saxon word for a carriage, which is something that takes you from where you are now to where you want to be. In a nutshell: Coaching is a vehicle to transport a client from where he/she is now in his life to where he/she wants to be – with the client holding the reins, choosing the direction and managing the speed. Coaching is an active, collaborative partnership where the coach facilitates the client to become aware, release their own potential and create lasting results in their work or life. A good coach:
- Provides you with a learning environment where you can develop your potential
- Focuses on your goals, and ensures that each coaching session is tailored to your needs
- Believes that you have all the resources within you to do the work and take responsibility to achieve the results you want
- Supports you to become aware of blocks, patterns and self-limiting beliefs/behaviours that could prevent you from reaching your full potential
- Supports you to explore possibilities, changes and opportunities to become the person that you are meant to be
- Facilitates you to define the direction, life or career you desire
- Maintains confidentiality and boundaries that support your development at all times
A Coach works on a formal basis to support you through challenge, techniques, empathy and motivation to achieve your goals and aspirations.
Embarking on Your Coaching Journey
Like any journey, preparation is essential, as is the importance of knowing where you want to get to! Therefore, prior to your first coaching session, spend some time thinking about your destination; your overall goal for coaching. It may be to improve your confidence, or enhance your leadership approach, deal with a fear or explore career choices. Along the way, you may encounter barriers that may be preventing you from achieving your goal, your Worklife Company coach will be walking alongside to support you to overcome these. It is your journey and therefore that means that we will work with your agenda, your needs and your goals.
The Role of a Coach
- Facilitates their client to be the best they can possibly be
- Creates an environment where the client understands and accepts personal responsibility and accountability for their own development
- Supports clients to become aware of blocks, patterns and self-limiting beliefs or behaviours that could prevent them reaching full potential
- Supports clients to believe in themselves
- Helps clients to define for themselves the direction, life or career they wish to pursue
Coaching impacts both work and life, and provides benefit for both. The objective of coaching may be to develop leadership skills or increase assertiveness, but it will impact other areas of the coachee’s life; embarking on work coaching may also be life changing.
The Coaching Environment
Each new coaching relationship begins with contracting. This means defining the boundaries, confidentiality, goals, session frequency etc. Some clients need just one session to support them to achieve their goal, some are on going, and some need a finite amount, like 6 or 12. For effective results, we generally recommend that each coaching session be scheduled to last around 90 minutes – although sometimes they can be shorter.
Most coaching is done face-to-face and at the client site. However it can also be delivered virtually, using technologies available in today’s workplace, like teleconferencing, webinar or online meeting tools.
If your coaching is face-to-face, you may wish to consider the setting. It may be in a meeting room at your workplace, an offsite venue, a walk in the park, or as part of shadowing. The choice is yours and can vary throughout the relationship that you have with your Worklife Company Coach. The key consideration is that it is free of interruption and in a space where you can take time for you and your development.
Talk to us about coaching to suit your needs…