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Performance Oriented Coaching
Henry David Thoreau
- Coaching - The Bigger Picture
Modern day coaching evolved from work done by Tim Gallwey in the 1970's. Tim watched how people were coached by tennis professionals and realized that they often improved despite their coach rather than because of the coach. He noticed that he himself improved then he was in the natural flow rather than when he was being deeply critical and analytical about his game.
Furthermore, he found that he was at his worst when the critical voice in his head was at it's loudest - "why did you do that", "you know you can't serve", "why try a drop shot, you never succeed". He called this Self 1, and the part being talked to Self 2. Self 1 is the build up of all the negative programming you have experienced during your life, and Self 2 is the real, authentic you.
He expressed these ideas as a formulaPotential - Interference = Performance
Hence, you will gain a better performance if you can reduce the interference that is reducing your potential. Thus, modern coaching and the inner game were born - reducing the impact of Self 1, by distracting it, lowering it's ability to interfere, and allowing the performance, innate in Self 2, to shine through.
- Coaching - A Simple Definition
Coaching is about individual people achieving their full potential.
That's it, no mystery, no confusion, no complexity.
Specifically, Executive Coaching is a facilitative one-to-one relationship between a professional coach and a key contributor who has a powerful position in the organization. The coaching is contracted for the benefit of a client who is accountable for highly complex decisions with wide scope of impact on the organization and industry as a whole. The focus of the coaching is usually around organizational performance or development, but it may also serve a personal component as well.
- Coaching - Who is it for?
So who are these people who want to achieve their full potential? Well, the answer is almost anyone, including
wanting to achieve more in their business lives.
- Management Teams wanting to fully exploit both their individual and collective skills.
- Individuals looking for more out of their personal lives
And, any mixture of the above, since our lives are rarely as compartmentalized as some of us would like! So, although we have sub-divided the following web pages between executive coaching (individuals) and Management Teams (executives working together), normally any coaching session includes elements of all three.
- Executives wanting to achieve more in their business lives.
- But I'm good at my job!
Some individuals and teams still resist the need for coaching, and here are some of the classic barriers to coaching:
- "I'm good at my job, I don't need coaching."
- "It wouldn't work in our culture."
- "We tried it, and it didn't work."
- "It takes too long to see results."
- "We don't have time."
You will probably recognize many of these points, and maybe you can also see the patterns of behaviour underlying these concerns. Coaching is about the individual accepting responsibility for the outcomes of the process and being flexible enough to let go of some of their old ideas and practices and try something new.
Can we assist with your coaching requirements? Just email us now with your details and we'll get back to you.
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