Maximise your GP
People - potential clients in particular - often ponder why a businessman would move into coaching.
In my experience good coaches first and foremost have a good sense of who they are. This self awareness means that they know the point at which the breadth and width of their skills can be applied specifically in coaching and training environment, rather than in a narrower organisational setting. This is normally because any attempt to focus on staff coaching within an organisation will be disrupted by the next round of business stuff (operational challenge, tactical shift or strategic insight, whatever) and the coaching initiative fails.
For the senior manage or director who cares passionately about people, this constant distraction from helping people succeed, challenges the sense of who they are. Good coaches are likely to have become ambitious in wanting to help others succeed; you see, they will know how to drive a business, but know better that showing and enabling others to succeed is a legacy for greater success and personal satisfaction. That is part of the self awareness that good coaches should have; a genuine passion.
The power of coaching is the ability to cope and be with paradox; that is where things seem to be conflicting or competing. The coach’s job is to support their client in making sense of that, and for themselves too, because as well as having a genuine passion and a greater purpose which goes beyond them (the success of others) the coach also needs to have high personal standards and ambitions. Your coach should be willing able to share what they are with you.
This is because these often will indicate to the potential client how the coach will bring his breadth of experience, training and skill to support you whilst also being willing and able to explore with you. The superior coach will take their personal development seriously and be always willing to adapt, improve and innovate. Along with showing you how to gain personal mastery, personal democracy and responsibility, the coach should model those types of flexible behaviours for you. This is because the coaching relationship should be a two way process. A process that grows potential.
Personal or Business Coaching, the goal should be a growth in gross profit, that is the return will be greater than the investment. The return results in Bigger of GP – Greater Purpose, Genuine Passion and Growing Potential.
Bottom line. A coach, like the businessman they, often are “gets things done”.
About the author
Keith Abrahams is an accredited professional coach, lecturer and consultant who specialises in working with career and senior staff development.
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