Have you ever wondered just what Coaching is all about and why some businesses use it for their key Staff?
Coaching is known as ‘the difference that makes the difference.’ So how exactly does it work, and how can you make sure that it’s going to work for you? Managing a business is no easy task these days, you are under a constant pressure to maximise your resources – especially during a recession – where you need to make more profit out of less turnover; and at the same time being able to adapt in a constant process of change management. Yet just think for a minute. When did you last stop and take some time out for yourself?
You and your team are the most valuable asset in your business, and just as you have an on-going maintenance programme for your building, and a servicing programme for your vehicles; you are missing a major component if there is no development and improvement programme for you and your staff. Who knows where your business could be in twelve months’ time if every one of your ‘players’ improves his or her game!
The long established process of seeking to improve, bettering yourself through growth and change, is the basis of self-development; reaching new heights of personal fulfilment and emotional contentment. This is the precept that ‘Coaching’ is built upon, and it is certainly not a new concept; or trend, it is an evolution of great thinkers, who have led many different ‘trains’ of thought. De Bono, Freud, Darwin, Sartre, Jung and many others.
Understanding this critical relationship with Coaching is key to maximising performance and mastering our ability to flourish. So the benefit to you and your team to proactively engage in Coaching will maximise performance and reach true individual potential in business and personal life. Fundamentally Coaching is about the management of change and the enhancement and fine tuning of our behaviours and therefore our abilities.
Work developed by Gilligan and Dilts (2009) and Gallway (2000), sets that out: “Effective coaching involves balanced consideration and exploration of both the outer and inner game”. The ‘outer game’ referring to the skills, rules, behaviours and environmental aspects of your arena to achieve goals and tasks.
The ‘Inner game’ refers to your emotional and mindset i.e. your ability to manage pressure, stress, challenges, low confidence. Therefore to reach excellence and the highest level of performance requires us to explore mastering both the inner and outer game.
The pursuit of excellence for sports men and women relies upon the right coach and support team. Working with athletes to reach and maintain their maximum performance involves amongst other things investment of time, commitment, practice and clear goals shared by the coach and athlete. It relies upon the development and maintenance of a solid, consistent and trusting relationship between coach and athlete. The Coaches role is also to develop the athlete’s ability to make the right choices in each situation both as an individual and within a team setting. Drawing on the parallel of coaching in sport, developing you and your team to reach and maintain excellence and high performance will involve investment of time and resource, enthusiasm to learn and develop self and master, the inner and outer game i.e. skills abilities and knowledge of the work environment and its nuances, underpinned by the support and skill of an effective coach.
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Check back next month for the next in our series of articles to help you achieve more in your business. We will be looking at different ways of dealing with Stress, and giving you lots of ideas about how to manage a better work – life balance.
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