Coaching Professionals to Be At Their Best
Your profession is clearly important to you. You chose it because it added meaning and value to your life. You probably did not choose a profession because it was going to make your life easy.
As a professional, you know you can never stand still. There’s always more to learn, more knowledge to acquire and more skills to develop. If you are employed or self-employed, there are increasing burdens placed on professionals from legal and administrative overheads. Additionally, there can be pressures from reducing budgets and rising expectations.
Your professional life is an aspect of who you are. You also have a personal life with social, family and other commitments. These areas can put pressure on your life and work.
As pressures increase, the likelihood of being impacted by excessive stress or even anxiety increase. These then can interfere with your ability to do your job to the quality and standards you expect of yourself.
A professional coach is someone who brings a big skill set to stand alongside you. You are always the expert in you and in what you do. A professional coach is an expert in how your mind and brain work. How to reduce stress, increase motivation boost confidence. Most importantly, a professional coach understands the process of change for habits, beliefs and attitudes, and how to make changes on purpose that will last.
The professional coach is different from a mentor. A mentor is likely to be another person in the same profession as you, hopefully further down the career path with advice, knowledge and connections that will help you. The experienced coach is not an expert in your area of work. The professional coach is independent of your employer, your professional bodies, your colleagues and your clients. They are someone who can support, help motivate and guide you to be the best you can be.
Professionals like yourself often turn to coaches when they find the pressures upon them have started to impact their ability to enjoy what they’re doing or even preventing them working to the quality and standards they used to. Initially, the coach may be contacted to help with issues such as stress, anxiety, overwhelm.
If the problems and issues you are facing could be easily solved, then you would have done it. If there were obvious workable solutions for you, you probably would not even be reading this page.
Additionally, professionals often reach out to a coach when they find that their personal life is in some way impacting their professional life. For example, domestic circumstances have got tense, and problematic, which is then becoming a distraction.
An alternative motivation to seek coaching can be where a person’s profession is taking over so much of the energy and time that their private life is getting squeezed out.
Many professionals find as their career progresses, they end up being responsible for teams or groups. They get landed with a management role, for which they are not fully equipped. If you have recently found yourself in a management role at a guess, you’ve bought several books on how to manage. This clearly illustrates your commitment to development and learning the skills you need. However, management is often a radically different skill set to those of your profession.
Another common occurrence is a professional starts their own business. There are various motivations. However, mostly, they are around being able to do the work in the way they want to do it. Sometimes they work as a sole trader other times by employing several staff.
The role of a professional coach in these situations is to help the professional quickly develop appropriate skills. Generally, such a professional will need to master a very few specific management or executive activities. Other areas they will just need to be good enough. Many professionals feel they must master everything.
Remember as a professional your expertise is in the area of work you do. The coach’s profession is helping you as a person. Often, many professionals do not have the capacity to both become an expert at what they do and helping themselves change.
Some professionals choose to work with coaches on a just-in-time basis. That is, if problems arise, they hire a coach. Alternatively, some professionals get a good working relationship with their coach and use them as a long-term resource to help them brainstorm, clarify, stay on track, maintain motivation or whatever else the professional seeks.
Based on what you’ve read here, if you‘d like to know more, then there is a free report called the five elements of confidence. It’s available on the newsletter signup page. Although the focus is confidence, the processes involved are common to a lot of areas of coaching. By following this report you’ll learn how I work with individuals, so you can see if there’s a fit with what you are looking for.