Monday, 18 January 2016

Why invest in Business Coaching?

If you want to grow your business and achieve a good lifestyle then this blog is for you.

The problem with working on our goals on our own is that we are often not as rigorous as we would be with a good professional specialising in the goal domain.

The best example where you will have seen this is in sports. All successful sports people have a coach.

With coaching in any field, including business, we have someone who helps us to clearly write our goals, keep us on track, help us learn the lessons faster, help stop us from making costly decisions and supports us in making progress. We don't get stuck in fear, can keep moving forwards and grow and evolve with our business.

Business coaching will make a significant improvement to your business and you will feel inspired for the future.

We start by looking at what needs to change, what's not working and what you want for your business and why now?

We uncover the challenges that have kept you from getting what you really want to date.

We discuss the long term impact of not changing and not getting what you want.

We share with you what we do in our business coaching to help you to overcome your challenges and get what you want.

If you would benefit from working with us please get in touch via the website enquiry form at www.westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk or call 01761 237400.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Off work with Stress?

If you are off work/suffering with stress at work and would like to discuss how to move forwards with an Occupational Psychologist then this blog is for you.

We are currently working with a number of individuals who have been off work with work related stress. Discussions have included how to handle work meetings with a current employer, how to handle conversations with new employers about a period of work related stress as well as career coaching.

Harvard Business School with Stanford University have carried out research recently that found low job control to be the biggest influence on stress and life expectancy for men and women.

Our own findings are that the majority of clients are coming to us overwhelmed by workload due to resource constraints. Despite having made a case for extra resources they are unable to influence the decision makers. This has resulted in our clients experiencing stress related symptoms including negative thought patterns, sleeping problems and panic attacks.

Still other clients have reported over compensating for lack of resources by working long hours and sometimes requesting holiday at short notice without explanation then using the holiday to 'catch up'.

We help our clients to prepare for conversations with line managers, including challenging unreasonable and unmanageable workloads. We also assist you in prioritisation, increasing your resilience and self confidence through one to one coaching.

Some clients move forward with a career change that draws on what they are good at and enjoy. Your career coaching starts with a diagnostic looking at your personality preferences plus other relevant factors.

From a blank sheet of paper we arrive at two to three career options for us to consider and research in more detail.

The final stage of career coaching includes action to move you into your new role, such as CV tailoring, speculative role applications and interview preparation.

If you are feeling stuck and somewhat stressed and would like to discuss this, please e mail us at enquiries@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk, including a summary of how you are feeling and what would help you at this time.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Why Career Coaching could help you?

A client of mine told me yesterday that she had a friend who was depressed and had told her, 'what's the point? You work then you die. Where is the joy in that?'

I immediately felt sad. My first thoughts were around 'what is she missing in her life e.g. time spent with family or on hobbies/passions?'

My deeper thoughts centred on the fact that a good part of most of an individuals waking life is spent on work. I presupposed that the individual was not enjoying their work.

I have philosophised in earlier blogs that 'life is short'. If you accept this, are you spending your time the way you want to, especially when it comes to work, something most individuals do a lot of?

If you are not enjoying your work, what is stopping you from changing it?

Many of my clients arrive at my door years after first considering changing their job/career, citing rationalisations such as fear of change, fear of not earning enough or lack of energy to act.

There are a number of stages to making a change and motivation is a key part of these stages.

We know that it is hard to make changes on your own, especially when it seems easier to maintain the status quo. This is true whatever the change...'I will start the diet tomorrow...I will change my career when I have the energy'. It really is a vicious circle. Unhappiness in our job/career can lead to comfort eating can lead to depression.

A good career coach can help you on your new path.

A structured process starting with a thorough diagnostic including your personality preferences with an occupational psychologist, with career coach skills and empathy, will help you to get what you want from your career.

If you would like an initial discussion about your wants please get in touch on 01761 237400 or enquiries@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk. Do visit our website www.westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Thinking of changing your Career?

If you are thinking about changing your career then this blog is for you.

Research suggests that more than half of UK workers are unhappy in their current jobs.

The career guidance that we received at school is outdated.

Little wonder most people are overwhelmed by how to get started in taking action to move forward in their career.

Questions include 'am I headed in the right direction, is now a good time to change, am I qualified to do anything else? can I make a living working for myself?'

The big questions include, 'what is my destiny, what do I really want to do, what am I doing with my life, what would fulfil me and give me meaning?'

Indecision is rife and does not make you feel secure.

I suggest that your starting point is asking yourself what you are motivated to do and what is holding you back from this.

There are no jobs for life anymore so whatever your issue - wanting more work life balance, to work for yourself or find a new employed role that fits with your values now - we all need to accept career change.

You are not on your own in this. You can do your own research and reading and make use of digital coaches if that appeals to you.

When you are looking at your career options it can feel lonely just like when you run a business on your own.

Sometimes you need a boost, some support and help to guide you on your path.

I firmly advocate face to face one on one coaching and counselling for you in your career. It is real and the connection with your coach is an important part of your results.

Life is too short to do a job you hate.

If you would like to know more please get in touch via enquiries@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk or call 01761 237400.