My first read on returning back to work this week was an inspiring one: the Financial Times reported on New Year New You The Boom in Executive Coaching. It made me think about really challenging the usual January resolutions, nearly always centred around weight loss and exercise and instead to do something really different and invest in your mind rather than your body, which coaching will help you do.
At least for the length of time it takes you to read this article, I challenge you to put aside the drastic weight-loss or exercise plan and consider the benefits of coaching and how it will help you with those New Year’s resolutions.
As co-founder of a coaching company, of course I have long been convinced that everyone should have at least one period of coaching in their careers, personally seeing the benefits that come with self-reflection, an openness to challenge the way you think and to simply ‘be heard’ non-judgementally in a way you would never get even from the most well-meaning partner, friend or colleague. Here are 3 reasons why you should get a coach this January:
Attitudes have changed towards coaching
‘Having a coach was once a sign of weakness in business. But now it is like an athlete using a trainer’ reports the FT. 10 years ago, coaching was very much seen as a remedial course of action, for those who had received ‘challenging feedback’ and who were being ‘sent’ to coaching by their managers to solve a problem; it was often available only for the most senior members of the leadership teams (largely because it was expensive) and sessions were held one-to-one, at a time when most of us were being sent on full-day ‘training courses’ with 19 others in the classroom.
Fast-forward 10 years and we are now in a place where organisations recognise the link between offering coaching as a way to help manage employees’ mental health; that you don’t have to have a ‘problem’ to come to coaching but just a desire to learn more about yourself and want to be ‘better.’
Coaching helps people navigate change
We are facing more rapid change than ever before at work and people need time to think about how they best deal with this. In addition to the usual work-place changes – restructures, redundancies, promotions, new systems, procedures and products – there are also modern, high-tech lifestyle changes to contend with. Consider also some of the options available to us now: working from home, not having a desk, working part-time, agile working, Shared Parental Leave, flexible working, video conferences, virtual coaching groups….
Coaching helps people find their passions
The UK is slowly learning from the Danish workplace culture, which is very much about doing what you enjoy rather than choosing what you do based on how much you will get paid for it. We are starting to understand the impact on our mental and physical wellbeing of doing a job that doesn’t make you feel happy or fulfilled. However, most of us don’t recognise the symptoms; or we do but we choose to ignore them, ploughing on and on, too fearful of making changes. Coaching sessions can help you reflect on what is happening to you; what makes you happy and what makes you stressed and worried and sad; it can also provide you with the self-belief and motivation you need to get out there and make the change.
Coaching can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions….
According to Forbes, the top reason why New Year’s resolutions fail is because they were probably the same as the ones you set for 2019, 2018, 2017….. and if they didn’t work out then, what makes you think they will work out this year? Doing the same thing over and again will bring you the same results. Coaching will challenge your motivations to achieve; it will enable you to consider what success would look like, how you would know if you had reached your goals, what challenges are you likely to encounter and who will support you. How would you feel if you didn’t achieve your New Year’s resolution? If the answer is anything less than ‘gutted’ you have probably chosen the wrong resolution.
If you’d like to explore how coaching could help you, the first step is to talk to HR/Learning and Development and/or your manager. Many organisations have a pool of internal and/or external coaches you may be able to work with. Or contact us directly firstname.lastname@example.org