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The Antidote for a Mis-firing Coaching or Mentoring Relationship

This week, somebody I respect shared on LinkedIn that their coach had made them feel small and uncertain. 

Unfortunately, I’ve heard of several instances of “client envy” from inexperienced coaches over the last couple of years.

At the core of Making Life Happen is the importance of Relationships - particularly Mentoring and Coaching.   

The Antidote for a Mis-firing Coaching or Mentoring Relationship has a range options.

Choosing a coach is a pivotal step that holds the potential to revolutionise your professional and personal growth. 

Whether you aspire to shine in your industry, amplify your technical prowess, navigate a new role, refine your presentation skills, or seek guidance in life's crossroads, the right coach can be your catalyst for change.

There are different types of coaches:

Industry-specific coaches possess deep understanding and expertise within a particular field. They can simplify complex information and provide detailed insights when needed. Engaging with industry experts, either internally or externally, they can offer invaluable support, especially when entering a new industry. These relationships often foster reverse mentoring opportunities, benefiting both parties involved.

On the other hand, technical coaches specialise in specific technologies and their practical applications. Technical coaches can provide invaluable knowledge and guidance for business leaders transitioning into the tech industry. Similarly, individuals with unique roles within their organisations, such as those in small technology functions, can benefit from technical experts to stay updated.

Role-specific coaches assist individuals in establishing themselves within a new role, especially when taking on senior positions for the first time. These coaches may transition between mentoring and coaching roles based on the client's needs, offering direction, or prompting critical thinking as required.

Skills coaches focus on enhancing specific abilities, such as communication or presentation skills. Engaging with a skilled coach can significantly improve your performance in these areas, often leading to increased confidence and effectiveness.

Life coaches offer guidance on broader life objectives, employing empathy and emotional intelligence to help clients navigate personal challenges and aspirations. Establishing a trusting relationship with a life coach can lead to profound personal growth and self-discovery.

Ultimately, the right coach is more than just an expert - it's someone you connect with on a deeper level. 

Effective coaching is a dynamic blend of mentoring and coaching, customised to your unique needs. 

By investing in coaching, you're investing in a future that's both successful and fulfilling, both personally and professionally.


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