We all feel stuck sometimes. We find ourselves doing the same things over and over, experience feelings of disappointment and weakening enthusiasm and energy in our day; even when we have just changed jobs, the new environment and new people are soon integrated into our old thinking and bang! We no longer feel excited by coming to work, or looking forward to the challenges that our role used to bring us.
This is an important moment in your life and career – these are symptoms that you have stopped growing and are experiencing a law of the universe – things are either growing or dying. And your symptoms are telling you that you have ceased growing.
Each person has so much innate talent and capability that there is really no excuse for stopping growing – it’s just that sometimes the environment or role you are in, does not allow the learning and growth opportunity that you need.
What to do? Going on a course, or extending your role can provide temporary relief to the growth need.
However, one to one coaching with us at Corporate Alchemy will give you one of the most intense growth opportunity you will ever experience. A targeted coaching programme focusing on discovering your innate talents, strengths and needs can liberate you to identify your real development needs and the goals, aims and opportunities that you may never have considered before.
One client I worked with – a female partner in a law firm – was able to recognise her strong people focus, and natural aptitude for business development. By discussing how she could use this skill-set to not only grow her own range of clients, but bring this capability to help her peer partners grow their business, she not only was able to spend more time doing what she loved, grow the revenue of her unit but also help the whole law firm. By conducting a number of self-assessments, we were also able to see how she could grow beyond these capabilities and I was able to point out to her that she could grow her combination of talents to become a Managing Partner in a law firm. This was recognising growth potential beyond her immediate potential.
All organisations love to identify, grow and develop their talented individuals. Talent Development Programmes are many organisations’ response to the need for their organisational growth. But people need this too, for themselves and their well-being.
A good coach will help individuals undertake a review of all areas of life, professional, business, family and personal development. The coaching process will most often be conducted over a period of six to nine months, providing opportunities to look at your present reality, the good, the bad and the ugly, and make decisions on how you want your future to be. You decide on what changes you want to make, how things need to be altered to provide a different balance, how to get the most out of you life, and maximise your potential.
Throughout, the coach is there to guide you in the analysis process and to help you reflect, gather relevant information and make decisions on strategies for achieving your goals. Often challenging, the conversation with an executive coach will allow you to examine your own thinking, to see whether you might even be short-circuiting the opportunities that you wish to access. The process often identifies assumptions and psychologies that may be limiting you, whilst always offering different ways of thinking which can be used to effect change.
In all cases, our role is to help you grow, to become a bigger, better person, that is more fulfilled and satisfied with yourself, because you are releasing more of your innate talents and capabilities. You will feel more confident that you are taking the actions you need to take to move you forward and creating the life and work you want to have.
In a world which constantly moves faster and demands more and more of us, it is imperative that we regularly take time for ourselves, to review who we are, where we are going and whether we are growing and taking advantage of the many new opportunities that life is presenting us for change, progress and fulfilment.
5 April 2016