Why? There are 3 main reasons:
- It keeps me on track with good coaching practice
- Having my own coach accelerates my progress
- It provides useful objectivity that I can’t totally provide for myself when working on challenges and growth areas
I’ll come back to point 1 shortly. Points 2 and 3 are valid reasons why anyone should have a coach. You can often ‘get there’ on your own, but it could take a long time and you could give up out of frustration or lack of belief it will happen.
You might argue that coaches have the skills and tools necessary to coach themselves. It’s true they have a certain advantage over those without coaching training, but I return to point 3 above, and state that you can be too close to the situation to really see it clearly. I find that coaching provides me with that objective clarity I seek to ensure a more successful outcome.
Over the course of my time working as a professional and personal coach I have employed 3 types of coaches:
- A life coach – to help me with my ongoing personal development
- A social media coach – to get me started on different social media platforms (she is also a qualified life coach)
- A business coach – to give me clarity and focus in my business, through its changes and challenges
The first two have also doubled up as supervision coaches to ensure I maintain good coaching practices (point 1 above); and all have contributed to my own personal and professional development in some way. One of the most important aspects of quality control for my business is to continually develop my coaching skills, and regular supervision sessions are key to this.
There are a variety of coaches today, many of whom will specialise in a particular business/organisational sector or a particular development area, such as confidence building, stress management, or leadership development. When looking for a coach, it’s important that you choose the one that best serves your needs and who you can develop good rapport with quickly.
If you are a coach:
- How often do you use the services of another coach?
- What type of coach do you use?
- What benefits do you find?
- Do you prefer 1-1 supervision or group supervision sessions?
If you’re a coach-in-training:
- Are you getting regular coaching to help with your coaching development?
- Do you have a CPD group which offers its members ongoing support?
Feel free to leave your comments below regarding this topic 🙂
Posted by Debbie Inglis