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The Fundamentals of Coaching

If you’re subscribed to our weekly email – Personal Success Online, then you’re likely to be well aware of the exciting world of coaching. Wherever you are in your coaching journey, it’s always a good idea to revisit the fundamentals of coaching. It’s often the basic principles that can be forgotten.

What is coaching?

Coaching is about helping a client achieve their potential in life. It is about taking an idea or a dream and turning it into reality. It is about focus, intent, commitment and enthusiasm from both sides (the client and the coach). Above all, coaching is about results. It is about results that can be seen, experienced, measured and quantified.

A coach is not there to provide advice or answers. Instead they have a belief that everyone has the answers within themselves and the skill and practice of coaching is to help the client to find those answers within and bring them to the surface where they can be converted into positive action.

How is it different to counselling and psychotherapy?

It is distinctively different to counselling and psychotherapy where patients typically have a problem arising from a specific incident, condition or trauma. A therapist or counsellor will invariably look to the past to find solutions to an existing condition. A Coach is not concerned with the past.

Coaching is exclusively about where a client is now and where they want to be in the future.

There are 2 things that a coach must never be in sessions…

1.) A coach is never judgemental

2.) A coach is never critical.

In coaching there is no success or failure, there is only the result of an action. Remember coaching is about results.

The GROW model of coaching…

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Your Habits - Good Or Bad? - Susan Grandfield

How do you butter your toast?

How do you pack your case before going on holiday?

How do you relax at the weekend?

How do you deal with stressful situations?

How do you respond to people who cut you up on the motorway?

Your answer to each of these questions tells you something about your patterns of behaviour or habits.

Some of your habits might be really useful, enjoyable and give you a great outcome such as working out at the gym after a hard day at work, laying all of your holiday documentation out and checking it 100 times before you leave to go on holiday or having a quiet coffee on a Friday afternoon in your favourite coffee shop.

Some of your habits may, in fact, be less useful, maybe even destructive such as aggressive driving and shouting insults at the guy who cut you up on the motorway or going to the pub every Thursday night and drinking 10 pints.

However, habits are habits for good or bad. When they kick in, you are usually not considering whether they are right or wrong you just go into the flow. Your subconscious mind takes over and plays out a well rehearsed set of actions.

Do you sometimes recognise patterns of behaviour that are starting to have a negative effect on you or people around you?

For example, eating when you are feeling a bit down, snapping at a colleague who always (to your mind) makes stupid comments in team meetings, flopping down on the sofa in the evening rather than taking some exercise.

If you have, then perhaps you are looking for a way to break those patterns of behaviour and create new habits. Ones that will give you a more positive outcome such as help you get fitter, lose weight, build better relationships at work, spend more time with your children, get ahead at work and so on.

Developing new habits is remarkably simple to do (believe it or not!). All it requires is time, patience and determination. Are you up for it?

Maxwell Maltz was an American cosmetic surgeon who tried to help his patients deal with their self-image and limiting beliefs so that they could deal with their body image more effectively.

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Coaching Academys Trainer - Ann Skidmore's Top Tips for Problem Solving

‘All problems are difficult before they are easy’ Proverb

Problems arise when an obstacle prevents us reaching a goal. An objective is something we have decided we need to achieve; an obstacle is anything that prevents us achieving an objective.

Objective + Obstacle = PROBLEM

We encounter a huge variety of problems during the course of our work, with objectives and obstacles of different types and importance. Being able to solve these problems efficiently is essential. So here are my top 10 tips for problem solving:

1. Define the desired outcome.

2. State the problem clearly — half the solution of a problem is understanding what it is.

3. Explain the problem to someone else, or write it down — this will force you to clarify it, and solutions may start to present themselves.

4. Make sure that you have gathered all the information necessary.

5. Identify the part of your day at which you are most productive, and allocate some of this time to the problem.

6. Start with the parts of the problem that seem easy or obvious.

7. Identify apparent solutions, and dismiss those that, for whatever reason, are not feasible.

8. If you are sure that you have all the necessary input, and cannot see the solution, make a conscious decision to leave it for a while — your subconscious mind will work on it.

9. Beware of procrastination — often any decision is better than no decision.

10. It is legitimate to decide not to decide — some problems will solve themselves or subsequent events make it clear what course should be taken.

Does Your Personal Bias Lead You To Make Mistakes?  Nelia Koroleva

Graduate of The Coaching Academy, Nelia Koroleva, helps her clients overcome their personal challenges on a regular basis as a professional performance coach. Here she shares her experience with managing personal influence and bias for the better.

What you say

What you say says a lot about your personality and your influence.

Many people focus solely on negativity and criticism, when they communicate with each other. It is a quick way to disengage and damage your reputation. Your influence would be proportionally diminished to the intensity and level of your negativity.

For example, you’ve delivered a feedback, appraisal or performance review. Your words were judgemental, harsh and overly critical. You were looking for errors and jumped to conclusions by passing judgment. The problem is, the more you stew in the negativity, the deeper the pathway becomes.

Even though you might have a position of  authority, you do not have the right to be negative Critical Parent to your employee, colleague, associate, friend, partner, child, etc. You verbally attacked the person who challenged your way of thinking, doing and being. Change it!

Always make sure that you choose appropriate words, whether you’re a parent, a boss, a colleague, or a friend. Your words are incredibly important for your own well-being. When you focus solely on negativity and criticism, you cannot be happy.

You can’t neglect words that bring you and others motivation, encouragement, development and growth.

Focus on what you are saying, and remember, when you pass judgment, you immediately lose the ability to establish a rapport with others and influence them. It’s much more liberating to take responsibility for your own feelings and encourage people than to criticise and blame them.

Challenging Exercise: Banish Your Negativity Bias.

If you don’t like your own image, and you are unhappy /cannot accept yourself, you will often feel unsatisfied/ unable to accept and like others.

Look at yourself in the mirror and speak with yourself for about one hour. YES, ONE HOUR.

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The Coaching Academy Corporate Solutions

Did you know that The Coaching Academy has worked with hundreds of organisations across the globe, in sectors ranging from farming to pharmaceuticals through our corporate solutions division?

The growth in demand for corporate coaching has not just been a huge trend isolated to The Coaching Academy team.  According to CIPD, three-fifths of organisations report that they undertake talent management activities with coaching actually taking place in four-fifths (86%) of organisations.

The Coaching Academy’s Corporate Coaching division was a natural progression from our accredited coaching programmes that were first developed over 12 years ago when coaching was a relatively new phenomenon.

Having been approached by organisations ranging from SMEs to multi-national corporations, we launched the informative, innovative and robust corporate solutions offering in early 2006.

The Coaching Academy’s Corporate Solutions division specialises in providing bespoke coaching and coach training solutions. Our portfolio covers everything from one-to-one and team-centred executive coaching for senior management to full accredited coach training programmes. You can find out more by visiting our website:

Being at the forefront of coaching, our trainers and corporate coaches are second to none and our people are our biggest asset.
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