The below are examples of recent coaching with clients – real stories about real people.
Case 1: public sector manager
S. asked to work with a coach after attending a one-day 'coaching for managers' workshop, and a workshop on leading teams through organisational change. S. wanted to develop his coaching style as a manager further while also using the time to ensure he could cope himself with an ever-increasing workload and unprecedented change.
Over the course of eight months, S. attended seven hour-long coaching sessions and used the time in between sessions to experiment with new approaches to familiar problems. He also invited his coach to observe him chairing a meeting with his team, and opted for 'three cornered coaching' where his line manager joined a session discussing the coaching.
A key learning moment came when S. realised that as a manager he could ensure good results even when he delegated tasks he would prefer to do himself. Delegating more uncovered untapped potential in his team, and to his delight he also found that being asked to step up was a huge motivator for his team members.
At the end of the process S. gave several examples of how his practice as a manager was refreshed and broadened, and was relieved to feel more on top of his own workload at the same time.
Case 2: A career challenge
J. came to coaching when her career was at an all-time low: having moved 200 miles to start over in her mid-forties she discovered that she could not rebuild her career as a personal trainer due to a chronic injury. While coming to terms with the disappointment, J. decided she would use the coaching sessions to focus on her strengths and personal qualities to explore her options for a new career.
Using a person-centred approach, J's coach created a safe space for her to think out loud and give ideas room to grow, while responding sensitively to J's levels of resilience on the good days and the not-so-good ones. By each session, J. became more focused on what she wanted to achieve through a process of elimination. Unafraid to try new things, her confidence and mental energy grew as a result of new insights. She discovered that by confiding a little more in the people closest to her, they knew how and when to support her - and were able to join her in celebrating her successes.
Less than a year after J concluded her coaching sessions J has established a successful career in business. She attributes her success in part to losing her fear of asking others for help.