Introduction to Coach At Work

Jennifer McCoyI’ve been struggling to start this blog; making numerous plans and commitments, only to break them at the slightest excuse. I want to talk about what coaching means – to help workplace leaders to see the value and use some of the skills themselves. Now, breaking commitments is definitely not acceptable coaching behavior for a coach.

I want to talk about the positive side of coaching. All too often I hear of coaching being asked for, or referred to, as good for negative situations: helping with poor performance by staff – bullying, conflict -handling, low morale and lack of teamwork.

That’s all true! But the flip side of those situations is that coaching can bring out the best in people and in so doing, resolve those problems. But there’s more to coaching than developing skills for coaching other people; equally important is learning about yourself and trying out on yourself the advice you are tempted to give others. Something like ‘Physician heal thyself.

This is the challenging part of coaching, for me anyway: making a commitment to learning about ourselves so we know can be more compassionate, respecting others, practicing what we preach – taking time out, being fair – committing to a code of ethics. Perhaps my struggles with ‘self-healing’ might also help others.