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The Benefits of a Coaching Program

Dec 23, 2022

The aim of coaching is to provide a vehicle to help clients achieve concrete goals, recognize and overcome challenges to well-being and performance, and create skills that may be throwing up roadblocks to their success. It is specific, goal oriented, and can be delivered in a group or one on one setting.

Often, coaching capitalizes on strengths and how those strengths might be utilized in new and different ways to enhance productivity, build confidence, create smooth life transitions, grow relationships, deal with challenges, and achieve goals. The end result is the improvement of one's professional and personal life.

Generally speaking, focusing on the negative is minimalized as coaching tends to focus on the present and the future. It is straightforward, supportive, and solution-based. Getting help from a third-party, who has expertise in a specific domain, is helpful in identifying blind spots to overcoming challenges. Most coaches aim is to build upon the clients inherent strengths in order to lead a more successful, motivated personal and professional life.

A systematic review of studies, published in the International Coaching Psychology Review, targets five important factors that help identify a positive coaching relationship. These include:

  1. Establishing and maintaining trust.
  2. The coaches, understanding, and ability to manage a clients responses to problems.
  3. Two way communication.
  4. The coaches ability to govern and help the clients growth and develop meant to reach goals.
  5. A clear understanding and transparent process.

Coaching is not about what’s wrong with what you are doing, it’s about what is right. It’s about unlocking a person’s talents and strengths which in turn maximizes their own performance and journey. It’s about helping them to learn, instead of teaching, while pushing them to achieve more and providing support through productive struggle. You have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable to truly change and grow.

In conclusion, coaching works best when clients feel understood and can be themselves. It is important to find someone who provides an environment in which you feel safe and at ease.