What is Coaching?
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines Coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity, and leadership.
For us, coaching is predominantly forward-facing. It's all about you, the client, and what you need at this point in time. We are there to guide and facilitate a conversation to help you unlock your own potential and move past barriers that may have emerged that are preventing you from achieving your goals. We all have goals we want to reach, challenges we’re striving to overcome, and times when we feel stuck. Partnering with a coach can change your life, setting you on a path to greater personal and professional fulfillment.
For us at Agile Advisors, Coaching is more than a series of deliberate conversations between you, our client, where you explore your thoughts and challenges. We bring the blended experience of our professional lives to complement the coaching approach, to ensure that the challenges you are facing are guided by someone with the experience and capability to allow you unlock your own potential. Through our careful guidance, we can help you chart a path forward and put in place an action plan to bring real change about.
Agile Advisors Coaching
Coaches bring with them an incredible amount of domain experience, where our experience in the world of software, research, process improvement and even sport shape who we are as people. Within our coaching, that can, if you so wish, translate into what is known as a Blended offering. Here, your experienced coach will coach and guide your while leaning into their vast experience in a specific topic that might be of interest to you, our client. This gives a more structured approach to solving the specific problem that brought you to us as a client in the first place. By having this domain knowledge, we can interchange between pure coaching, which is domain and topic neutral, and move into more specific topics that align with our professional expertise.
The topic a client brings to coaching will always be one of their choosing and doesn't have to be associated with a specific domain nor does it have to be associated with a previous topic. Topics can vary massively and are generally something that is important now for the client. For example, we have coached topics that vary from:
Getting the best from your team
Looking for clarity on decisions that lay ahea
How should I handle frustration with certain things/people
Should I buy a new coffee machine or not?
It ultimately comes down to whatever the client wants to work through and through a deliberate series of questions, we will explore the scope and path forward for the session.
What shape does a Coaching Session take?
If you are interested in coaching, the first step is to have a ‘discovery session’ (which is free of charge). This is where ‘what coaching is’ is discussed between the client and coach to ensure mutual clarity and allow us to progress with a professional relationship. It also encompasses the client explaining what they hope to achieve with coaching and the coach will answer any questions the client has. The discovery session allows both client and coach to connect and come to a consensus of what's needed and what's available through coaching.
If both client and coach are happy to proceed, then a coaching or series of coaching sessions are scheduled.
Each coaching session varies, but there is a common structure that is followed. The topic and objective is defined by the client. The coach works with the client to ensure that the objective is clear and there is an idea of what success will look like for the client for the session ahead.
With the objective in hand, focus turns to what needs to be worked on to achieve the objective. Areas and tasks which surface are worked through by the client with the coaches help. Arising from this are steps which will need to be taken to move forward. There is always a check back with the initial objective to see if things remain on track.
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