How the Coaching Works
We start with a discovery session where I will ask you a number of questions designed to get to the heart of what you want from coaching and the bottom of what might be holding you back. During this session we will agree on some preliminary goals. I prefer to do this session in person and it will take between 90 minutes and two hours. We then proceed on an agreed monthly schedule. I recommend sessions of 45 minutes or an hour at least twice a month for a minimum of three months; although the time and duration will depend on the needs and schedules of the individual.
I ask clients to bring a topic to each session. This could be an ongoing topic that was decided on in the discovery session or something that has arisen between sessions. Common topics include: challenges that arise from the client’s working environment such as handling new responsibilities or dealing with interpersonal conflict; adjusting to the demands of an unfamiliar culture; the challenges involved in building a business or changing career; negotiating a pay increase or role change.
At the end of each session we will agree on ‘homework' tasks to be completed before the next session. These could be questions to be given deeper consideration and/or specific actions that are designed to bring the client closer to the goals which emerge from the coaching. The goals themselves are guides to action and we review them regularly making adjustments where appropriate.
My expertise is in coaching and I believe that the client is the expert where their own life and work are concerned. I am therefore prepared to coach on a wide range of topics. However, my particular specialties are career transition and cultural adjustment.
Many of us would like something about our work to be different: we'd like a different job, or a different role in our current job; we'd like to make more money or have a better work/life balance; we'd like to be less stressed, feel more valued or experience greater excitement and sense of purpose. Making the decision to make a change is often hard, and making the change itself will likely require courage and stamina. It is at such times of stress and self doubt that coaching can really help us stay focussed on our goals and motivated to take the action that is necessary to bring what are often huge personal and/or financial rewards.
Moving house is stressful, even if you only move to a new neighborhood in your home city. Moving cities is more stressful. Moving from the city to the countryside, or the reverse, is likely to be harder still. Moving to a different culture is something else again. Hopefully, the experience is, on balance, more exciting than anxiety-provoking, but there will certainly be challenges. The things that sustained you back home will not necessarily have obvious equivalents in the new culture. Unfamiliar working or socializing patterns may put a strain on what you thought were firmly established relationships. Beneath the obvious challenge of a new language lurk unpredictable, but fundamental differences in habits of communication. Seeing such challenges as opportunities for growth, and learning how to adjust yourself to new knowledge and realities can be very tough. A good coach can act as your guide and mentor during such times and help you to not only survive in the new culture, but to see and act on the opportunities it presents.