Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Coaching to improve your Communication

If you recognise that you could improve your communications with your colleagues then this blog may be of use to you.

We often acknowledge that communication is the key to success in our personal relationships and especially where we are cohabiting.

In fact communication is key to our success in life as a whole and that includes our working relationships.

On one large project in my work as a management consultant my role was entirely to manage the communications aspects, which demonstrates just how important communication is in the workplace.

Many medium-large organisations have heads of communications that manage this business critical success factor internally and externally.

Who are your key stakeholders? Who are the key people that you interact with regularly? Who could you improve your communications with?

The starting point is to identify who your key work colleagues are and why. Next prioritise who you need or want to have a conversation with and why.

For example, you may need to make your line manager aware of a problem that has been on your mind for some time. I think that if you plan what you want to say and think about what they can do to support you, this may help you to book time and feel better one you have bitten the bullet.

Whatever communication need you have in mind at work, it is best to think why you have that need, what you want and how things could be better once you have had the conversation. Also think about when and where as timing for the other person and a private location are important to a good result.

Most of my business coaching clients come with a communication scenario to discuss that involves a work colleague. To feel good at work the quality of your working relationships is an imperative.

If there is a work relationship that you want to improve and would like some help, please get in touch. We would be happy to hear from you on
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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Career Change and Fear of Failure

If you are fearful of career change even though you want this please read on.

Fear of failure is one of the most common irrational fears known to human beings.

What to do about it?

when you catch yourself being pessimistic, negative, look at your beliefs driving this and dispute them comprehensively to change how you explain the way the world works to yourself. It is the same with not feeling 'good enough'.

Ah, you say back, 'but I have failed before'. With some optimism on your part failures do not have to feel like failures. Rather they can be framed as learning experiences.

People that you and I deem to be very successful like Steve Jobs or Richard Branson for example, often talk about having failed a lot in their lives and only succeeding after major setbacks. I like one definition of an expert - 'someone who has made more mistakes than others'.

Persevere in the face of setbacks with your career wants as with other wants in your life.

Ask yourself if you had a short time to live who you want to be. Do you want to be your real self or live your life defined by fear of changing careers?

Speak to yourself kindly and consider what could go right for you as well as the skills that you would bring to bear on your desired career.

It is worth remembering that when we are passionate about what we do, at work and play, we often excel.

Go for it!

If you would like support on your career journey please get in  touch on 01761 237400 or via e mail enquiries@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk

Friday, 11 August 2017

Career Change Procrastination

If you are often telling yourself that you want to change careers but never do, please read on.

You could be a career change procrastinator creating your own barriers to finding your fulfilling career.

In this blog I provide three key tips for overcoming some of the procrastinating thinking.

1. You may believe that a fulfilling career is not out there for you. The truth is that we all have certain gifts, skills and talents. With the right mind set, tools and support, you can achieve it. I suggest that you start by doing some self-development around believing in yourself and asking people who know you well what they see as your gifts, skills and talents. Ask them for some specific examples of these in terms of what you have done that they have observed and record their comments. Update your CV with your 3 key skills.

2. You may be putting off finding a fulfilling career because sometimes your work day is not so bad and 'they pay me well'. I would like to remind you that doing work that fulfils you will provide you with rewards other than money. You may find that setting and adhering to a budget due to a lower salary is of little sacrifice.

3. You may be saying for one reason or another that 'now is not the right time'. My clients tell me that they have never found the right time to change careers. They took action because there is no right time and life is short...

I sincerely hope that you move forwards in your career journey.
If you would like my support, please get in touch with me by e mail, pam@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Would you benefit from coaching?

If you are wondering whether professional coaching could help you to move forwards in your career perhaps more quickly than you are currently this blog is for you.

Like any investment of time and money I think it best that you consider the benefits of coaching to you before embarking on a series of coaching sessions or coaching programme.

I have developed a 10 point checklist for you to work through to this end. If you answer no to 2 or more of these statements then you will need to make adjustments for the coaching to be effective.

1. There is a gap between where I am and where I want to be

2. I have some time to invest in myself

3. I can keep appointments with myself to work with my coach and on homework

4. I am willing to do they work required to get me to where I want to be

5. I am willing to change or stop any limiting beliefs and self defeating behaviours that limit my performance and results

6. I am willing to give new things ago even if I am not convinced that they will work

7. Coaching is the appropriate intervention for the changes that I want to make

8. I have the patience to take consistent action towards my goals and drive for results

9. I have the desire to continually improve my performance

10. I have the support I need to make significant changes.

If you answered yes to 9 or all 10 questions and would like to discuss coaching benefits and approach, please get in touch via 01761 237400 or e mail pam@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk