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April Newsletter: Coaching for inspired performance

Posted by Lindy Amos on
24 April 2018



Welcome to the April newsletter!

This month we focus on coaching. Setting goals and working towards them is human nature. But often the road to their fulfillment is paved with self-doubt, perceived roadblocks and lack of motivation. Through the coaching process, I have helped a range of clients increase their workplace effectiveness, build relationships and reach their career goals. I've included some information on the coaching process below as I often get asked about this.

I hope you enjoy finding out more, and if you have any questions at all about coaching, please do let me know.

Warmly,
 

 

Coaching for inspired performance


Coaching is often focused on developing a more nuanced set of competencies: the communication and relationship skills required to influence and energise employees and applying emotional intelligence to recognise and harness the potential of colleagues.

A typical coaching program will involve 1-2 hours per month and will assist you to: 
  • Activate and fine tune your self awareness, leadership capability and business acumen
  • Discover where you find yourself now - understand your role, successes and challenges
  • Envision your desired future direction
  • Rigorously reflect on your behaviour and thinking so you can create a path to make your desired future possible
  • Develop new skills and capability

Investing in professional coaching will create the clarity you desire and support you to pursue a rewarding, high performance future. 
 

Coaching for growth


Coaching for personal and professional development is not merely about goal attainment. Rather, it is a growth process, best served via the metaphor of a marathon rather than a sprint. Working with a coach can help us grow, mature and build our capability; finding new ways of being. To borrow another metaphor, coaching supports us with a 'systems reboot' for our analytic, relational and instinctual hard drives.

I was recently given a copy of Bruce Mau’s ‘An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth’, and although it was developed with the creative/ design process in mind, I find many of the ideas useful. Particularly when I think about my own professional development and the role I have coaching and supporting others in theirs.

The manifesto has 43 points altogether, here are a few that resonated with and inspired me. (You can access the manifesto here)

Everyone is a leader. Growth happens. Whenever it does, allow it to emerge. Learn to follow when it makes sense. Let anyone lead.
Opening ourselves to the possibility of being led and taught by anyone, regardless of rank and power, enables generative ideas, innovation and fresh perspective. Leadership can emerge from anywhere if we have the eyes to see it.

Ask stupid questions. Growth is fuelled by desire and innocence. Assess the answer, not the question. Imagine learning throughout your life at the rate of an infant.
Letting go of the need to appear to know everything, not only allows you to learn, it also creates a space for people around you to learn. This open space calls forth the exploration of ideas or actions that were previously unthought of. If you can hang in there with others in the unknown, the possibilities are endless.

Collaborate. The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.
It can sometimes feel easier to work alone, however the nature of human relationships is to contain the whole jumble of negative to positive and everything in between. When we both accept and welcome this tension (rather than fear or avoid it), this "grist for the mill'' becomes fodder for vast creative potential.

Remember. Growth is only possible as a product of history. History gives growth a direction.
Growth requires a foundation, it comes from both success and failure. Treasure both these aspects as without them there would be no maturity, only stagnation.


Investing in coaching will help you prioritize your current growth opportunities and become more confident, resilient and self aware at work. Curious? Contact us today about our 1:1 coaching programs if you are seeking support to grow, develop and challenge yourself.
 


Don't forget about Ginger's upcoming workshops. Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD is an internationally recognised Enneagram author, trainer, keynote speaker, OD consultant and coach and is considered a world leader in bringing the insights of the Enneagram to organisations across the globe.

I am very much looking forward to attending Being in Essence, and thought I would share for anyone interested in either of these workshops. You can find out more about the workshops below:

Being in Essence: 21 - 24 May 2018
The Art of Typing: 26 - 28 May 2018
 
 
“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” ― John Wooden