What a coach does depends on what you’re hoping to get out of your business, your organisation, your team or yourself. They can help individuals focus on a specific skill they want to hone, such as communication or time-management, or they can assist with career transitions like moving up the career ladder into a leadership role for the first time or changing careers entirely. Coaches can also help you and your team (through team coaching) to overcome work-related challenges that are unique to your organisation.
Coaches are experts in their respective field of coaching. They begin their coaching process by learning everything about you as an individual and your organisation. They aim to understand your personal drivers, motivations, goals and values, and your organisational purpose, values, value proposition and anything else that will help them understand where you are now, and where you want to be.
Coaching sessions usually last between 45 minutes and 2 hours, and can take place as often as weekly, though monthly sessions are perhaps most common. In these sessions coaches use questions to guide, support and challenge coachees through their challenges and decisions. Good coaches will ask questions that really stimulate their clients to think and reflect, leading them to new insights and to clarity regarding what they should do to achieve their objectives.
Coaches can work with individuals at all levels and stages of their career, from those stepping up to a more senior role for the first time, to experienced leaders who want to hone their skill set, as well as group-based coaching for challenges that affect entire departments for a more cohesive business.