My Coaching Journey….
- May 06th 2020
It was year 2017 nearing to an end and I was close to finish my long innings with corporates as a senior finance professional. I was getting ready to send off my structured work regime, functional responsibilities and supportive role I played, to help corporates, with expertise I gained over four decades.
I wanted to take a fresh guard. I had a faint thought of engagement into something related to people. As it came first, I joined a training program – Train The Trainer. This new endeavor brought me a brand-new experience of interacting with bright and aspiring youngsters, deserving to be trainers.
This time around, I made few friends involved in facilitation activities, where I heard of coaching for the first time. With curiosity, I began to know more about coaching, did my research, met relevant people and began visualizing an elevated journey from ‘Trainer’ to a ‘Coach’. I felt , I am getting pulled to something I love to do . That brought me to the institute, Coach to transformation, for 60 hours of formal training under ICF format.
This was a new beginning. The training was an intense and thought provoking regime . it challenged my settled perceptions, belief system, attitude make up and a comfort zone – inside out.
It deepened my hidden quest to capture the vast infinite knowledge of human potential, the mind and motivation. At the same time, I could realize real potential in me, to be a successful coach, with my long value add exposure to the corporate world, which involved great leaders and sharks together. .
I was to learn few fundamental lessons to become a successful coach. I love to share them with you
Intuitive listening: This is a fundamental lesson. Ability to read between the lines, to pick up on the unspoken clues that hint at a larger story behind the words. Listen to understand and not to reply. Intuitive listening sharpens your mental capturing. eventually quicken your ability to understand a problem statement and ability to set out your coaching strategy with your client . Intuitive listening insulates you from distracting thoughts and self-doubts emanating from client.
Listen with empathy: Another great lesson. Feel the conversation. Empathy helps creating foundation of trust and a strong mental and emotional connect with client. Furthermore, it relinquishes your domineering desire to prove our age, authority and knowledge, at regular interval.
Confidentiality: We are responsible to respect confidentiality of the matter, when someone chooses to share with you his personal and delicate feelings, with trust. Breach of trust, directly or indirectly, is a moral crime.
Past is irrelevant: Coach people from exactly where you are. Past is irrelevant. future is relevant to make a difference.
Stop judging people: Effective coach never judge his client. He knows best, when and how to mute the evaluation process and fully focus on understanding the client.
Powerful questions: Powerful questions is an art and heart of good coaching. An effective coach utilizes this power to make client challenge the way he sees himself and the world. A good coach leads his client on way of self-discovery.
Coach vs mentor:. A coach has some great questions for your answers. A mentor has some great answers to your questions.
Coaching is a journey and not a destination: The doing is often more important than the outcome. So, it turns out that you might not even need to reach your goal to be successful. Coaching is a continuous process of improvement both for you and your client
I found coaching, a unique engagement to pursue with zeal and find passion to work with people realizing their aspirations.
Rajat is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with over 18 years of industry experience and over 2500 hours of coaching experience, helping people and organizations attain maximum effectiveness. His background includes working with CXOs, senior managers, managers and board of directors of small private companies to multi-billion dollar publicly traded organizations.