What is Coaching?
“Coaching is a journey within, as it helps unleash an individual’s potential to maximize their performance.”
Coaching believes that solutions for any problem of an individual can be found within, and partnering with a coach would change their life. A coach ingrains trust and confidence, creating a space for the coachee to have structured professional conversations that allow them to demonstrate their ability to find solutions.
The Inner Game
“Grow potential and reduce self-interference. Don’t just be a doer in life; whatever you are doing, learn, evolve, and maximize your enjoyment of the limited time you are given.” ~ Tim Gallwey
Gallwey refers to the internal state of a player as an inner game as he believed “the opponent within one’s own head is more formidable than the other side of the net.” He thinks a player can dwindle and dislodge the internal hindrances to the performance by partnering with the coach. This engagement with the coach will help a player open up the untapped potential to learn and perform with minimal technical input.
“Internal Obstacles are often more daunting than external ones.”
Gallwey further illustrated “ The Inner Game Equation”, which effectively summarizes the objective of modern coaching.
Performance (P) = Potential (p) – Interference (i)
He believes both coaching and the Inner game focus on improving performance (P) by growing potential (p) and by decreasing interference (i). Transformational Leaders and Coaches believe that every individual is competent and full of potential. Raising their self-reliance will reduce the internal obstacles and lead to powerful choices by capitalizing on the unique qualities of each individual.
Difference between Teaching, Mentoring, Counselling, and Coaching
What is the History of Coaching in the Workplace?
Who Invented Performance Coaching?
Stages of Coaching Process
It is very essential to keep the Follow-up actions:
- Small in number, to ensure focus.
Moreover, it is important to ensure that the discussion on the positive alignment of individual goals to the Organisation’s overall results is done
To understand the above process in detail, please refer to the blog that talks about the Coaching Process.
The Benefits of Coaching
Increased mental health
Increases Employee Engagement
Improves performance of individuals
High commitment from employees
Deeper learning levels
What’s the Purpose of Workplace Coaching?
“To get the best out of people, we have to believe the best is in there.” – Sir John Whitmore
By adopting workplace coaching employers’, can cultivate their employee’s willingness to do the job, leading to higher productivity and satisfaction. Unleashing an employee’s potential allows the organization to be more holistic, discovering the integrity and purpose of the organization’s future and the blueprint for high performance.
Process of Coaching in the Workplace
Revisit or Set Goals
Work towards solutions
Create action steps
However, the role of the coach is not to provide solutions but to make the Coachee do it by themselves. This will help in empowering the coach to think independently
Nevertheless, like goals, even the steps towards the goals also need to be SMART (as in S: Specific; M: Measurable; A: Achievable; R: Relevant; T: Time-based)
These Steps should be such that the Coachee can independently undertake them to reach the desired goals and solutions.
This can start another cycle of the process, like- The next time the Coach meets the Coachee, the progress could be checked as to where the Coachee is standing on the path defined and if the Coachee could see any progress.