Even though business and career coaching have received lots of recent attention in the press and in the workplace, many business professionals are still unaware of how it works. As a consequence, coaching isn’t always factored as a potential response to meeting business challenges, even though it can have huge impact for individuals, teams and for entire businesses.
Recently, a friend shared that her spouse, who had spent most of his professional career in healthcare, was considering a change but was unsure about next steps. She mentioned he was considering therapy. I asked whether coaching might offer a more appropriate intervention. She was surprised and intrigued by the suggestion, since it had never crossed her mind. Coaching simply wasn’t on their scope.
I explained that, unlike therapy, coaching focuses on looking ahead rather than back. The coaching process isn’t about fixing things, but on defining a clear goal and the steps to get there. This was news that opened a whole other way of addressing a career challenge.
Professionals confront a variety of work-related issues, from time management to team communication, to stepping up leadership skills. Coaching offers the opportunity to meet these and other business and career challenges head on—with deep and innovative thinking and stick-to-it commitment to take action.
The process is confidential, non-intrusive, enlightening and empowering—all attractive attributes in a proactive process that can make one’s work and career more productive and more fulfilling.
Can you share a business or career situation where coaching was used effectively?