What's coaching? And what can it do for you?

Bridging the gap between where you are and where you want to be
That gap between where you are and where you could be, that's what a coach is trained to help you bridge.
Have you ever laid awake at night and wondered what your life would be like if you had complete confidence in your abilities? Or where you'd be if you could train any skill in the world?

That gap between where you are and where you could be, that's what a coach is trained to help you bridge. A coach is your ultimate support in using the present to create the future you desire.

A corporate coach makes sure your personal development is in-line with the values of the company you work for.
The Corporate Coach
A corporate coach works like any other coach - except that besides just being focused on an individual's personal development and goals, she takes the company goals, values, and context into account as well. An executive coach, a corporate coach specialized in coaching executives, will look at how an executive's behaviour effects not only themselves, but the teams and collaboration around them. The coach will then focus on developing the executive's behaviours in a way that maximizes contribution to their team and organization.

In order to do develop those behaviors that maximize collaboration, the coach first needs to gather relevant data. This can be done by utilizing different assessments methods such as interviews, surveys, or observation. A very popular approach is to gather 360-degree feedback where many employees, collaborators and executives provide the coach with information about the coachee. Based on the collected data, the coach can interpret behaviors and design coaching sessions in a way that they are highly relevant to the individual.

Besides assessing behaviours, relationships, as well as organizational and personal context, the coach will likely also try to get an impression of the coachee's learning style in order to facilitate sustainable behaviour change.

No matter if the purpose of the coaching is personal growth, leadership, or serving bigger company goals, most coaches will use their first session to discuss the gathered data with the coachee - this is a great base to develop behavioral objectives that can guide future coaching sessions.
Making Change Happen
Fundamentally, the coaches role is to help an individual make impactful change interventions. Coaching sessions are held throughout the process to monitor progress and, when needed, adjust tactics. Sessions are also used to reinforce good behavior and evaluate learnings and challenges along the way. If there are personal or organizational objectives guiding the development - i.e. company values - the coach will ensure they are being met.

In the process of coaching, a coach is likely to practice the following:
Facilitating self-awareness
What needs, motivations, goals do you have? This is the base for helping you make real change moving forward.
Setting goals
What goals do you have for your coaching and how do you want to measure progress?
Observing and analysing
By questioning you, the coach will try to get a picture of your situation and a better idea of how you think, process, and behave.
Tools and techniques
There are many tools out there to help you achieve your goals with the help of a coach. Your coach will likely use some of them.
The coach will always stay supportive and non-judgemental of your actions. If you have a setback, she will help you overcome the issue. Coaching is all about encouragement.
Evaluate process and outcomes
Using different tools to measure progress as well as the ones you've decided together when setting goals, the coach will ensure you are successful in achieving what you desire.
So what can coaching do for you?
You'll get to know yourself better.
Research has shown that most of us don't see ourselves very clearly and that it matters: self-awareness in leaders is highly correlated with organizational effectiveness, and employees prefer to follow leaders who know who they are and how they act - meaning they are aware of their actions, behaviours, and thought-processes. A coach will, after collection information about you from your peers, pattern the feedback into points you can actively work on during your coaching. Besides actively working on said points, the coach will also help you work on your self-awareness in general.
You'll understand others better.
Leaders tend to get into trouble when they don't take the time to get to know their teams and peers and operate based on assumptions. They may lose good employees because they don't recognize and support their capabilities, or keep poor performers too long because they think they're better than they are. Over- and underestimating someone's abilities, motivation, productivity or sensitivity can lead to serious problems at the workplace. A coach has a neutral perception of you and those around you and will share those insights to help you see others clearer - especially in context with yourself.
You'll learn to manage your responses.
We all respond to scenarios differently and many of us develop a pretty solid set of responses to common situations. However, as we move up in the company, the responses that worked for us as mid-level employees can hinder us when we become leaders. For example, taking full responsibility of a team project may have gotten you the promotion, but it won't serve you well as a leader - as a leader, you'll have to understand what responses will help your team members step-up and take responsibility for quality.
You'll build on what you're already good at.
We all have strengths and a corporate coach will help you build on them. A coach will also be able to identify strengths that you may have been underestimating.
You'll enjoy healthy relationships with (almost) everyone.
A leader who is able to connect with people and build strong, sustainable relationships with everyone, is likely going to be successful. The reality is, that many leaders are only good at building relationships with a certain type of people. A coach can help you recognize that problem in yourself and work against it, both by helping you see and question the limiting assumptions you make about people who aren't like you, and by offering you tools to create stable working relationships with anyone around you.
A coach can help you achieve what you want.
Ultimately, a coach can help you achieve what you want. By helping you envision goals, recognize strengths and capabilities, and developing skills and an attitude to help you achieve them, a coach is the ultimate opportunity for you to rise to the next level.

A coach is a perfect neutral support for you along your way. He or she is not dependent on your success. This means the coach will be very honest and operate without hidden intentions.

Working with a coach will teach you new ways of thinking that will help you see yourself and others in a different light, helping you create the opportunities you desire.

At Everyday, we work with some of the best coaches out there. Reach out to us if you're interested in learning how they can help you make the change you need.

At Everyday, we believe in giving everyone the opportunity to grow and positively impact the teams and organizations they work for.
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