Archive for June 25, 2008

The 3 Major Essential Focuses Of Your Coaching (Without Them, Your Coaching Effectiveness Will Be Drastically Diminished)

June 25, 2008

It was fully packed for training yesterday. Daytime was the conclusion of the 2-day training on “Coaching Skills for Leaders” for the leaders of a major government statutory board. At night, I made my way, rather, “rushed” to the National University of Singapore Toastmasters to conduct “Training for the Meeting Appointments”. That was very intensive as well with all the meeting roles training packed within that couple of hours.

During the training for the coach-leaders, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed what the leaders shared and the challenges they have highlighted in coaching. The result was a workshop peppered with funny anecdotes and witty comments, in addition to their acquisition of the deeper lessons behind what coaching really is.

And of course, it was also my pleasure and joy to answer one of the top commonly asked questions of how coaching might not work despite continuous coaching sessions.

The answer is, arguably, Focus, the focus of your coaching. Without the right focus of every session, you will not know if coaching has been worthwhile or has taken place effectively.

What sort of focus? You might ask.

Here are 3 of these major focuses of the coaching dynamics that are so essential for effectiveness to occur:

1. To move your client from a perspective of limitation to a perspective where there is variation. In this manner, “The Limitation versus Variation Perspectives and Paradigms of Coaching” becomes the broad-based focus during the flow of your coaching.

2. To get your client to have a worthwhile goal in mind and be willing to work towards it. If he has such a worthy end goal in mind, anything that happens along the way becomes merely a process of achieving his goals. Conversely, not having any end goal tend to turn almost everything into obstacles and distractions. Hence this format of coaching becomes a fundamental structure of “End-Goal Coaching”.

3. To get a clear indication of acknowledgement and approval before moving on along the coaching process. In one of the dynamics and techniques of “Signposting and Positive Progressive Indications”, your client must truly agree with you so that you can transit to the next coaching phase smoothly without hesitation. This is also a strong sign of progressive coaching effectiveness.

When you take time to pay attention to having these focuses present in your coaching, you will start to have a clearer indication of where the process of the client might be. With this understanding, you’ll definitely be in a better position to assist your client to Excel Beyond Excellence!