Demystifying Coaching

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Demystifying  Coaching

The first key element of coaching is AWARENESS.

This is the product of focused attention, concentration and clarity. Awareness is more than observing and hearing in the work place.  It is a clear perception of relevant facts and information as well as the ability to determine relevance.


A manager for example, might be tempted to show and tell their staff to do things the way they themselves would do it.  This may suppress the personal preferences and attributes of the staff, but making life simpler for the manager and may even boost the manager’s ego.  But does it help with the creativity or even the motivation level of the staff? In fact telling someone how to do a task may even result in blame if it fails, simply because full responsibility was not taken.

The awareness raising that comes from expert coaching is indispensable. Many managers are not aware of what is actually happening around them or indeed what they are experiencing.  With effective coaching and practice, awareness is something that develops rapidly.

Develop Confidence

Coaching nurtures and develops confidence and build the ability to improve without another’s prescription.  It builds self-reliance, self esteem and self responsibility.  Coaching should not therefore be confused with ‘here are the tools, now get on with it’.

Responsibility For Actions

RESPONSIBILITY is another key concept or goal of coaching. It is also crucial for high performance. When we take responsibility for our thoughts and actions, our commitment to them rises and this is reflected in our performance. When we are told to be responsible or are expected to be or even be given responsibility, if we don’t fully approve of it, it will have a negative impact on the performance. This implies that to feel truly responsible, involves having some choice in the matter.  In other words empowerment is crucial and coaching the manager will develop awareness of such.  He or she will become more self aware as well as more perceptive of events in their surroundings.

Striding Out To Success

The coach is not a problem-solver, a teacher, an adviser, or instructor but is more of a facilitator and awareness raiser.  The qualities of a coach will therefore include her or him being detached, supportive, perceptive, attentive and interested.  The coaching role can bring out in YOU the expert, the professional, the high performer and virtually whatever goal the coachee aspires to achieve.

To transform your management style and culture and develop effective tools, contact Maureen Clarke: or call 0845 452 4085