What is Coaching?
Professional coaching is an ongoing partnership between coach and client, in which the coaching client is helped to achieve extraordinary results in their personal and professional lives.
Through the process of coaching, clients typically deepen their awareness and learning, achieve more effective results more easily, improve their performance and enhance their quality of life.
In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach works in partnership with the client by listening, contributing observations and asking questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action. Coaching accelerates the client’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice.
Coaching concentrates on where that client is now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future. Coaching is about taking risks, challenging comfort zones and having the courage and conviction to try something new. Coaching works on the principle of synergy; that the energy arising from the coach-client partnership is greater than the individual energy brought by the two individuals alone.
Coaching has emerged from a range of fields and derives its philosophy and approaches from a dozen different disciplines, such as sports, business, leadership and management, psychology, creative arts, financial planning and management, human growth and potential movements, interpersonal and communication skills training.
We also agree with the philosophy of coaching espoused by the International Coach Federation. Namely, that as coaches we honour the client as the expert in their own life and work, and believe that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. Standing on this foundation, our responsibility is to: Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve; Encourage client self-discovery; Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies; and Hold the client responsible and accountable.
We ensure that our coaches are not only professionally trained, but are members of the International Coach Federation, and as such, uphold rigorous professional and ethical standards. ICF member coaches recognise that results are a matter of the client’s intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coach’s efforts and application of the coaching process.
“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance.”
Sir John Whitmore
Coaching For Professional Women
As a busy professional woman, Melanie Wass is a specialist coach for professional women. She has had a wide range of life and work experiences that equip her for this role. Melanie is passionate about coaching women to lead work and personal lives that flow, are energising and are filled with happiness.
Executive coaching is for people seeking a development path tailored specifically for them. The solution focused, action oriented and collaborative coaching process supports individuals in reaching their full potential. Executive coaching leverages the person’s strengths in line with their vision and values, for sustainable behavioural change. The format of coaching sessions varies to meet the needs of the individual and could include face-to-face meetings, telephone conversations, shadowing and/or the use of assessments.
Clients are encouraged to contact their coach in between formal appointments.
Group coaching is an effective way to bring coaching to all levels of an organisation. In groups, people learn from each other’s experiences to develop their potential.
Groups of four to eight are coached using techniques similar to individual coaching, but with the added benefit of a natural support group which helps to propel individuals forward. Groups are often run with a common theme, such as leadership development or work life balance, but will identify separate pathways for each individual, recognising what will work best for them.
- Group Coaching for Leadership Development
- Group Coaching For Professional Women
- Group Coaching For Teams
A mentoring relationship is one where a wiser and more experienced person assists another person to grow and learn. The ideal mentor is a person who can be thought of as a tribal elder.
Mentors listen, encourage, inspire, take an interest, share time, give attention, clarify, give suggestions for action, question, suggest alternatives, are trustworthy, provide constructive criticism, open doors, guide and build self confidence.
There are many benefits to an organisation that has a formal mentoring program and a number of effective mentors in place. These include:
- Retention and development of key staff;
- Knowledge of and access to, a known pool of motivated talent, assists succession to management or specialist roles;
- Mentored individuals become sensitive to and understanding of the cultural norms of the organisation;
- Management morale tends to be improved as a result of the increased levels of communication and awareness of what is happening in the organisation;
- People feel valued and turnover tends to reduce;
- The talent pool grows
Mentoring Services Available
- Training for Mentors and Proteges.
- Coaching for Mentors.
- Mentoring for Professional Women
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