Most of us need a listening ear from time to time. When we encounter obstacles or difficulties, we often turn to friends, family or someone at work for help. What we really want is for that person to take an objective and neutral stance, to focus on us and listen – really listen. A professional coach does just that, and more.
Eric Parsloe describes coaching as “a process that enables learning and development to occur and thus performance to improve. To be a successful a Coach requires a knowledge and understanding of process as well as the variety of styles, skills and techniques that are appropriate to the context in which the coaching takes place” – The Manager as Coach and Mentor (1999) page 8.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment.”
Coaching is now considered to be a fundamental skill for managers, as leaders and organisations realise the huge value it brings. The benefits of coaching are well researched:
- 70% improved work performance
- 61% improved business management
- 57% improved time management
- 51% improved team effectiveness
- 80% improved self-confidence
- 73% improved relationships
- 72% improved communication skills
- 67% improved work/life balance
- 99% of organisations hiring coaches are “somewhat” or “very satisfied” with the overall experience, and
- 96% would repeat the process
(Source: ICF Global Coaching Client Study was commissioned by the ICF and conducted independently by PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) research shows that:
- 95% of learning and development managers say that coaching has delivered tangible benefits to their business
- 90% of organisations with 2,000+ employees use business coaching
Train2Grow offers bespoke coaching that is exclusively tailored to you and your individual needs. And complete confidentiality is assured.
If you are at an impasse, feeling overwhelmed, facing obstacles and difficulties, lacking confidence, or simply wanting to make progress towards your goals more quickly, do get in touch. We can add in some one-to-one training too, if there are specific skills or knowledge you want to develop. Rest assured that the coaching process will be designed exactly to suit you and your individual circumstances. We can work together for one session or more – you decide.
Our coaches are professionally trained, members of professional coaching bodies, and adhere to ethical codes of conduct. They have a lot of life, business and coaching experience, and are entirely straightforward and down to earth. Contact us now to book a free 20-minute consultation to see how coaching can help you.