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25 Nov, 2010

Coach In The Spotlight: Chelsea Parsons

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Coach In The Spotlight: Chelsea Parsons

Chelsea Parsons is a Coaching Academy qualified coach in the HR industry. We’ve put her on the coaching hotseat to answer your questions:-

How did you get into coaching?

I have always been coaching without even realising it – it wasn’t until I worked closely with an NLP professional who was helping us with some severe burn out cases within our company that I truly recognised coaching in its own form. I attended The Coaching Academy’s free taster weekend and was hooked!

Did you add coaching to your role or start a new career as a coach?

I have added coaching deeper into my role and have embedded a coaching culture deeper into the media agency where I work. My role is heavily linked with L&D so there is a strong tie in with coaching. However there is a strong divide of individuals who support coaching and those who don’t – which makes it a consistent struggle.

How has coaching impacted on your role within HR?

For me it’s an essential tool when dealing with managers and coaching them to problem solve. I also use alot of coaching methods of pre-training goal setting and post training coaching sessions.

How has coaching impacted on other areas of your life?

For me the more I have delved deeper into coaching, the more I want to get away from HR and into the real world. I have always wanted to “help people” but not ever sure of what I meant when I said that – so HR always seemed like a good option. But coaching really does enable you to help people but in such a positive and empowering way!

What are your plans for the future?

To break away from HR eventually and set up as a self employed coach. I want to teach others about the power of the mind, positive thinking and NLP – I want to empower others to change their lives and help themselves. Experiencing my mother go through a severe battle with cancer, I also want to expand my coaching and positive thinking tactics to those suffering with disease.

What would your advice be for other HR professionals investigating the coaching industry?

Well initially if you are looking to study, your employer should be willing to fund this! Coaching is so heavily linked to HR that it seems like the logical step to take after completing the CIPD. However I do think there is a huge difference with individuals seeking you out as a coach and embedding coaching into a business where you work. Everyone has different preferences and enjoy different challenges, however for me I prefer to help those wanting to be coached!

How has training with The Coaching Academy benefitted you?

The Coaching Academy has given me a confidence boost both through the work I am doing for my employer but also personally. From a HR perspective, coaching is helping to shape new ways of learning and to broaden tools and skills for managers and HR professionals.

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3 | Matthew Medupin

November 25th, 2010 at 9:50 pm


Well said! I am highly inspired by your comments. Coaching is all about human search for the ultimate meaning of life through living it moment by moment. That is why more and more people are learning how they could use it to transform their lives either through self-coaching or by hiring the services of a coach.

However, coaching still remains one of the social services that are only available to the rich, the famous and some few lucky ones who are in comparatively senior management positions in public and private sectors. The poor, hard-to-reach and socially excluded members of the community have little or no access to coaching.

One could argue that the poor already have free access to similar services through other social intervention agencies such as counselling, therapy, teaching, mentoring, etc. The fact of the matter is that these professionals provide services that are uniquely different from coaching. However, I consider the services of a coach to be complementary to the services other professional provide to their clients. Coaching starts where counselling or therapy stops.

Consequently, I belief the existing network of social service intervention agencies can be further expanded and developed to incorporate life coaching. This should provide a comprehensive system that helps to improve the quality of life of local people. Such integrated system would be made available free of charge at the point of use to support people to achieve social inclusion within the community. Such a system would provide proactive, holistic and client focused support-based personal services that prevent hard to reach people from becoming socially excluded, assisting them to integrate into the community, helping them to believe in themselves and thus able to achieve their full potential in life.

I think The Coaching Academy, as a leading coaching institution in the UK, has a vital role to play in this area.

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