Every person on earth receives “coaching” at one time or another, whether it occurs in the pursuit of sports, in learning a trade or skill, or in the course of learning life skills in a family setting. The basis of a coaching relationship is using the perspective of another person and their knowledge of learning and development to improve one’s performance. Moonshadow provides coaching for workplace skills. Coaching in the modern sense has developed into a sophisticated, practical service that produces results in a relatively short time.
Our coaches use a variety of tools to help you formulate a set of goals that you value and desire. Then over the next few months, your coach helps you track your progress, helps you identify stumbling blocks and obstacles and helps you develop strategies for addressing them. Take a look at our “What is Coaching” info below for a quick introduction to the process and then call us at (828) 508-4393 for a free 30 minute consultation to see if coaching can make the difference in your performance in work or life.
What is Coaching?
Coaching is a dynamic partnership between the coach and the client or “coach-ee”, in which the client has certain goals or intentions he or she is actively working towards. The client retains (hires) the coach to provide a structured, focused and supportive environment in which the client can work toward those goals. It is considered a partnership because both parties contribute and collaborate; however, the only agenda in the coaching relationship is the CLIENT’s agenda — the coach is there to hold the client’s vision and should not attempt to direct or influence the agenda or direction in which the client wants to go. In a coaching relationship, the coach helps and encourages the client to:
* Identify and solve problems
* Design a plan of action and strategy
* Reach goals
* Make decisions
* Stay focused
* Stay “in action”
* Overcome barriers
* Move beyond obstacles to success
Why Does Coaching Work?
Coaching works because it brings out your best. Coaching addresses you as a whole person, not just one area of your life. A coach believes you have the answers within you, and has the skills to help you bring them out (painlessly!). Coaching creates a special synergy, based on mutual trust and respect, between client and coach – because of this, you as the client are more likely to do the work necessary for you to achieve your goals. When you find your own solutions, you are far more likely to act upon them and make REAL progress.
Isn’t coaching really just another form of therapy? Shouldn’t you be a licensed therapist to coach someone?
* the client seems to want to talk about their problems (endlessly), but is extremely resistant to taking action to correct or overcome their problems;
* the client is really “stuck” in the past, wanting to focus perpetually on WHY something happened, rather than choosing to look at what they can learn from the past and how they can take action NOW to move beyond the past, creating a more powerful future for themselves.
Is coaching also a form of consulting?
Sometimes coaching can be combined with consulting, but there are distinct differences as well.
Why would someone decide to work with a coach?
There are many reasons, and coaches typically specialize in working with clients in certain specific areas based on the coach’s experience and interests. In general, someone will hire a coach to guide and support them in achieving specific personal or professional goals. If you think of how an elite athlete, such as an Olympic diver or professional tennis player, uses a coach to improve how he’s playing his sport or game, the athlete knows that the coach can help them:
* define what’s truly important to the athlete and begin to close the gap between where he is and where he wants to be;
* stay motivated and focused on the goal, with the coach “holding the vision” for the athlete;
* being part cheerleader, part facilitator, part teacher, part friend, the coach provides unconditional support and ALWAYS believes in his athlete’s ability to be completely successful at whatever he attempts.
How long does someone typically work with a Coach? Would I be locked into a contract?
Job Performance Coaching
Businesses and programs today are having to develop internal resources as organizations are “flattened” in an effort to be more efficient. When people are asked to take on new duties or to assume supervisory functions, it often requires new skills. Bringing our coaching system to your organization guarantees that “rising stars” as well as “veterans” are supported and helped to take on new duties with a concrete plan that provides “supportive accountability” as they move forward.
Although some managers and supervisors can recognize the need for coaching for one of their direct reports, devoting the time necessary for that person’s development is often not feasible. The choice has been to let the person learn things the hard way (aka – the expensive way) or watch them fail. Now, with external coaching services available, you can bring in just the right amount of assistance for the situation. This helps control costs and avoids wasting good talent due to lack of time by leadership.
Some of the situations that successfully employ coaching services are:
A new employee is hired who has good skills but has not worked at this level of leadership before
A person has been recently promoted from front line ranks to management or supervisory duties
An employee is struggling due to factors not fully understood by the supervisor
A long time employee has had a performance drop due to “burn out” or feels unmotivated
A top leadership person has no one to act as an unbiased “sounding board” or objective listener for examining decision making