I recently made the decision to branch out into freelance consulting, focusing on digital transformation and the subsequent need for employee engagement and team development. I also made a decision to offer professional career coaching.
Like many of you, I question the need for yet another coach when the marketplace is flooded with them – life coaches, business coaches, performance coaches, skills coaches, public speaking coaches – what does the world need with another coach? Then I embraced the idea, and here’s why.
People need people.
We are becoming increasingly disconnected as technology continues to advance. We could argue the positive or negative aspects of this, but the fact is it is happening and it is not slowing down. We now feel more comfortable conversing through social media than talking on the phone or meeting in-person. Even when an in-person meeting takes place, you are more likely to see all the attendees paying more attention to their phones than each other. We sit behind our desks, answer emails, stare at screens disengaged and disillusioned, only to go home and watch Netflix until bedtime. The skill for developing deep and meaningful relationships is dissipating, and with it, our ability to understand ourselves or connect with the world around us.
The danger is that if we do not find a way to feel useful or engaged at work, we don’t feel connected, and this can damage our personal lives as well. As the feeling of disconnection increases, one thing persists, the human desire to feel useful, engaged, and connected. We have a plethora of information at our finger tips and infinite opportunities available to us, and yet it seems increasingly difficult to determine what to do with ourselves, how to fulfil a purpose or add value in some meaningful way. Coaching is a personalized tool, conducted with another human being, who can help you figure out how to do that.
“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, and has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you can be.” – Tom Landry
Career coaching is people coaching.
Over the past few years, I have informally provided advice on a range of career topics including: CV updates, LinkedIn profiles, interview coaching, network and community building, career decisions, and work relationships. While each of these are useful in finding a job or being successful in a current job, they don’t address the larger problem, i.e. that most people don’t know what they want to do or what motives them. If I can help people identify what motivates them and gives them energy, personally and professionally, then aligning that to their career can have a positive holistic impact on their lives.
Understanding what motivates us enables us to make different choices, set up action plans and goals to feel more productive and engaged, to create real and lasting fulfilment. If we can achieve this, we can increase our capacity to connect with others, and ultimately this translates into a positive corporate culture, increased employee engagement, real team development, and improved customer experience.
My fulfilment comes from coaching others.
Leveraging my own experience, utilizing motivation tools, and having honest conversations with people, has made an impact. My fulfilment comes from helping people identify their motivators, and use those to achieve their goals and deepen their relationships. If I must accept the mantel of coach to do that, then I happily concede, I am a coach.
Figure out your motivators to improve your current role or find a new one – engage, create, connect – but do not accept disengagement or disillusionment as the norm, I implore you. There are tools and people to help, find those that work for you and improve your happiness quotient, it’s never too late.
We all have value to add. How will you do it? How can I help?
Wishing you success in your career and life,
signed by one more coach in the world!
Do you dread going in to work every day? Do you feel disengaged and undervalued? Do you worry that your personal life is starting to suffer as well? Feeling stuck and not knowing what to do next…
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