The quality of your life and your success is determined by the quality of your thinking, and the quality of your thinking is determined by the quality of your questions.
But what questions? It sounds simplistic but it’s true to say that the answers we give ourselves are the answers to the questions we ask. Few of us know how to ask really hard questions or really smart questions of ourselves.
We don’t like posing hard questions to ourselves because the answers are uncomfortable and we veer away from them, but what happens when somebody else asks us that smart and hard question?
This is where the skilled coach comes in. A good coach asks the question and then compassionately challenges you to answer it. Your coach is your Challenger in chief. The results are clarity of thought which become uplifting and liberating.
Coaching falls into various categories. At MetaSkills these categories are:
Executive coaching, as the name implies, is working in collaboration with the executive towards attaining his or her strategic outcomes and ensuring that these outcomes are fully aligned with the organisation’s strategic outcomes.
Leadership coaching frequently overlaps with executive coaching where the focus is on improving the executive style and attributes as a leader. Leadership coaching does not only apply to executives but to anybody who finds themselves in a leadership role.
Personal coaching is similar to life coaching but it has a wider compass. Here the focus is on the client’s life in general and can include any part or aspect of their life from relationships to career, to education and training or to whatever is of consequence to the client.
Team coaching has become very popular in the business environment where the coach facilitates the team to identify team goals and work together to achieve those outcomes.
Action Learning is a methodology developed by Reg Revans and is similar to Team Coaching but takes a more focused and structured approach. The intention is that the participants learn from each other .
Typically one participant will present a problem and the other participants attempt to assist him or her to arrive at a solution. The process takes place under the guidance of a coach or facilitator and has been proven to be very effective.
Many companies who have used this approach have found that by tapping into the skills and knowledge of their own workforce they have been able to avoid the cost of hiring consultants. The solutions the participants arrived at are almost invariably of high quality for the simple reason that they are familiar with the company.