As coaching in business is relatively new, you may be wary of the idea that a coach can help your performance in the workplace and boost your career in the long run. However, with the right coach, coaching can take you places in your professional life and attitude to work that you have never before dreamed of.
What a good coach will do for you is help you think about yourself and accomplish what you want to do in your career and in your life overall. Each coaching session is an opportunity for you to have one-to-one conversations with your coach about both your future and the issues that are important to you in the here and now.
It’s a common misconception that you have to have a specific problem for coaching to be helpful to you. This isn’t the case at all. At any stage in your career, no matter what the circumstances, a coach can help you improve as a professional. You can talk to your coach about any aspect of your work, or anything in your life that relates to your work. It may be that you’re curious about something and want to talk to somebody about it or that you just want to learn in general. Perhaps you want a breakthrough in better managing your emotions in a certain type of work situation.
Being coached is worth it, not because it’ll magically change your life overnight or change who you are as a person, but because it’ll bring out the power you already have within you. A coach who’s worth their salt allows you to do your own thinking in a safe environment. As you think, talk and reflect, you’ll come to see yourself and the issues in your workplace and life from a different perspective. It is this kind of professional career support that allows you go out in the world and put in better performances.
The reason why talking out an issue that you have works, is that it becomes easier to understand once you start discussing it with someone and working out your thoughts, ideas and beliefs out loud. Your coach gives you the space to take a step back and take a look at what’s been getting in your way and stopping you from progressing in your career. Once you have this awareness, you’re in a position to learn how to manage the obstruction and push on towards your professional goals.
What makes the coaching process unique in its usefulness is that the coaching environment has a duty to allow you to think out loud and not be judged. In other arenas, what we say is being judged, argued with, refuted, and diminished. It’s difficult to explore things out loud when you’re worried that someone might judge you. With a legitimate coach, it’s guaranteed that this won’t happen.