Coaching for change
By advancing the art, the science and the practice of coaching we facilitate the succesful approach to the place where harmony and fulfillment meets the Aristotelian eudemonia.
Ambivalence, the existence of coexisting and conflicting feelings, can be a major factor inhibiting clients’ motivation to change. Feeling ambivalent is a common and perfectly normal state of mind. Assist the clients to accept their ambivalence, rather than to fight it, to work their way through it. It may always be present to some extent, and that’s okay. Ambivalence doesn’t need to be completely resolved for clients to get started and to be successful with change. For example, some people may always be ambivalent toward getting up early to exercise, but they continue anyway because the intrinsic rewards make it worth doing.
Understanding of a coaching model and participating in a coaching relationship can provoke effective and sustainable change. A change that affects both the session agenda and the way the coachee thinks and acts, thus ensuring he will follow through the Way-Forward.
As Plato states in The Republic’s Allegory of the Cave, to step forward into the real world, we need to focus on science, knowledge, belief and opinion. The need for change will emerge from our coordinates between the intelligible world and the visible world. Coaching invites thought and action to step forward from the world of becoming into that of being.
The adoption of coaching skills is becoming the norm for managers and leaders, who may be able to have a positive influence on their employees using the skills they have learned from their coaching sessions. Coaching continues to become an increasingly popular focus in business settings, underscoring the importance of exploring how organizations are cultivating a coaching culture.
With an understanding of why coaching is so important, in terms of developing the company workforce as a whole and ensuring competitive advantage through its people, the organization can lay the foundation for a successful and long- lasting coaching culture. As a result, the company can convey its commitment to the ongoing development of its employees, helping to retain top talent and attract the best candidates who want to work for a company dedicated to their professional advancement.