The Coaching Process
What is coaching?
Unlike Counselling or therapy, Coaching is a process that aims to improve performance, and focuses on the ‘here and now’ rather than on the distant past or future. Coaching can be used to kick-start your career, develop your career or take you on a path through promotion or redundancy.
We subscribe to the Coaches Training Institute’s Co-Active coaching Model. It begins by holding you, the client, as naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and capable of finding your own answers to whatever challenges you face. The job of your coach is to ask you powerful questions, listen, and empower you in order to elicit the skills and creativity you already possess, rather than to instruct or advise you.
The relationship which you enter into is designed by yourself and your coach together, and is based on your interests, goals and objectives. The process is designed to engage you in a thought-provoking and creative process that will inspire you to identify and maximise your full personal and professional potential.
Whatever you want to be coached on, we will use a range of tools and techniques to enable you to really achieve the most out of yourself and your future. Co-Active coaching uses an array of proprietary tools developed by CTI that have been proven as the gold standard over the past 20 years of the coaching profession. Specific Career Coaching tools have been created using research into the best practice in career evaluation and transition, backed up by our experience as career coaches.
What will you get out of career and development coaching?
- Clarifying who you are and what you need in life to feel alive and satisfied
- The confidence and vision to reshape your career path
- Improved career satisfaction
- Increased awareness of yourself and others, improving both professional and personal relationships
- A clear understanding of how and where you work at your best
- Increased motivation and confidence
How does the coaching process work?
So that you can find out if coaching is for you, and if you and your coach will work well together, we offer a FREE ‘chemistry’ session, lasting 45 minutes. In this session we will explore what coaching is and what you want from coaching, raising your awareness around the area(s) you have chosen to focus on.
At the end of this session, if you both feel that you are a good fit, you and your coach will organise the next session to set the foundations for the coaching relationship and the goals that you want to work on, together with the ideal structure to enable this.
Depending on what you want to get out of coaching, and how you like to be coached, we will agree which of the following approaches will work best for you.
Standard Coaching Programme
This approach is typically used if you are pretty clear on what you want to do next in your life and career, but you want to explore and work on developing yourself professionally in your current job. Equally, you may be facing redundancy and be focused on where you want to go next, but be seeking specific support to explore and achieve this.
This involves coaching around your overall goals, and what you bring to each individual session.
A range of tools and techniques can be used to facilitate the process.
Step One: Self-Discovery
This phase is about self-discovery. You can’t successfully achieve any goal without investigating who you really are and what makes you tick. The aim here is to enable you to fully realise who you are, and what you need in your life and career to be satisfied and fulfilled.
Step Two: Building your Vision
What exactly do you want your future career to look like? What do you want to be; what do you want to do? The aim here is to visualise exactly how your future will look and feel when you achieve your goal(s).
Step Three: Moving to Action
How will you achieve your goal? What do you need to do or be to get there? The aim here is to bring all the parts of you and your future together and create a strong and vibrant plan of action to achieve your goal(s).
Complete Career Change Programme
This approach is recommended if you are looking to radically change or reassess your working life or career direction. A robust structure enables you to take a journey from uncertainty about your present career and not knowing what your next step might be, through to having a clear vision of a career that is absolutely right for you, and a plan for how to create it.
This programme typically takes 12 – 15 sessions and provides a framework for our coaching in the form of relevant exercises which will bring out your creativity and resourcefulness, and direct it toward discovering the right next step for your working life.
The programme can be as flexible or as structured as you need, and this is something you will discuss with your coach as you progress.
Phase 1: Explore
Who are you? What are your work preferences? By the end of this phase you will be very clear about what you must have in your career to be satisfied and motivated.
Phase 2: Dream
This is a creative phase where we generate and explore a number of possible career choices or directions. You will be encouraged to dream ‘big’ and not be constrained by what you think is or is not possible. By the end of this phase we will have narrowed down your ideas to those which you feel are a strong possibility for your future.
Phase 3 – Discover
Here we turn your top possibility and vision for an exciting new career or direction into a sound and well defined action plan to enable it to happen.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Where will we hold our coaching sessions?
Sessions usually take place over the telephone, or via Skype. Face-to-face sessions may be available where these are agreed in advance, although these sessions do cost more.
How much time do I need to allow for coaching?
Coaching sessions last for up to 1 hour at a time, usually once every 2 weeks. This tends to be the ideal time period to ensure enough momentum is maintained but also enough time is given for you to carry out your assignments between sessions.
Depending on what you want coaching on, we recommend that you commit for at least 6 sessions and, if entering into a full career change programme, 12 or more. We review how things are going at each session. You are in charge!
What do I need to do to get the most out of my coaching sessions?
For your sessions, we recommend that you find somewhere quiet where you will be undisturbed. For you to get the most out of being coached, you need to be committed to the process and able to give yourself totally to each session.
The purpose of coaching is to help you to achieve specific goals, and it is therefore directed towards action. You and your coach will agree between you any actions that you want to commit to at the end of each session. Through committing to undertake this ‘homework’ between sessions, you will be taking action to fully realise your goals.
Will you advise me what to do?
No, not when we work together in a coaching relationship. Coaching is an approach which allows you to gain awareness and insight rather than directly be told by your coach what to do or what you should learn.
Each coaching session is based on what you want to work on and what you need, not your coach’s needs.
The job of your coach is to help you to deepen your learning about who you are and what you want, and to focus you on action.
We can advise and direct when offering more practical support, such as that provided by Next Step Support.
What does it cost?
Career Change or Career Development Coaching Packages start from £150 + VAT per month which includes 2 coaching sessions per month (A session is 1 hour, typically via phone or Skype) and email support.
For Outplacement and Next Step services, have a look at “Career Coaching and Support”