Getting better at what we do is hard, especially for those who are well along in their careers or relationships. Those years of learning, testing, observing are supposed to be finished long ago. We are professionals and mature adults and past those needy days. The idea of getting better at what you do at work and in your valued relationships is a well known need and most of what is available to you are generalized tools aimed at one-fits all kind of improvement. These types of guidance, tools and support are aimed at helping people go from beginners to essentials— not for professionals who have years of experience.
Coaching is aimed at improving the performance of people who are seasoned professionals and in mature relationships this is less common. It is also riskier: the wrong kind of guidance, tools and support can make people worse off and lose confidence.
In this blog Zeke explores the idea that Performance is an attitude
Achieving ‘Flow’ in what we do can be helped by a number of different elements. Taking time to reflect on which of these works for us gives us the opportunity to replicate the effect more often.
As I sit at my kitchen table on a Sunday afternoon planning work for the coming week, my mind is swirling with the upcoming week’s activities – I’ve nearly finished making the class costumes for my daughters end of term performance, the house is a mess, there is washing to sort out, and of… Read more
Creating Awareness In The Coachee
Creating awareness is linked to ‘coaching that sticks.’ It is the ability for the coach to integrate and accurately evaluate multiple sources of information, and present these back to coachee to help them gain awareness. Creating awareness is ‘inside out’ / getting under the skin of the coachee/seeing things as they see them, whilst also making links to what is possible in their world from where the coachee currently is. This is inside-out transformational change, rather than skills based or outside-in change.
Although context is a powerful determinant in the quality of the coach-coachee relationship, being present with the coachee can really help. So just as we as a coach, are endeavouring to help the coachee with change that comes from the inside and shows itself outward, we too need to work on ourselves from inside out. There is a nice parallel here of ‘inside-outness,’ which helps with the genuineness and specialness of the coachee-coach relationship.
We spend a lot of time with busy people, whether as coachees or as part of our ‘coaching culture’ or ‘high performing teams’ leadership development programmes. One of the most frequent barriers that we face to implementation of the new ideas that these programmes bring is ‘lack of time’. Yet if I had a dollar for every time that time was not the real issue then I would be a very rich man. In this blog we explore the background to being ‘time poor’