Working From Home

homeworkingI’ve worked from home for many years. In fact I was one of the first people in the large corporation I worked for at the time to work from home. My job at the time didn’t need me to commute for three hours a day just to sit at a desk in an office, but convention, and suspicious backward thinking bosses, meant I had to.

Coupled with an accident whereby I broke my leg (not purposefully obviously – bit extreme), it was either working at home, or sitting at home, quite literally, with my feet up for six months. “You decide” I said to my boss. She chose wisely.

And when I was back on my feet (which took the best part of 18 months) and fully mobile, the case had been proven; that home working errr, worked. Everything that needed to be delivered had been and we moved from a management culture of command and control to one whereby clear objectives were set and where I was physically located became irrelevant. Stuff still got done and in a far more efficient way.working at home

Nowadays, if you are doing a role which doesn’t mean you physically need to be in a specified place to get the job done and the company you work for doesn’t offer home working, then find a company who does. I wouldn’t want to work for individuals who’s management techniques are seemingly rooted in the dark ages. If they’re not willing to embrace such a way of working then I’m willing to that their other people policies are also just as archaic.

What has this got to do with coaching?

Coaches can interact with their clients in whichever way they prefer; face to face, phone or via Skype. Aside from the former none of these options involve travelling. Most of my clients prefer their sessions being delivered via Skype (or Facetime) usually at their place of work or at home and this is one of the beauties of home working. It suits both of us and it works.

Coaching: Internal vs External

internalA CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Developmentsurvey in 2005 indicated that 64% of organisations use external coaches as opposed to training their own employees. I’d be interested to see what that figure has changed to in the subsequent years, but what this means is 36% of organisations use existing employees to deliver the coaching exoperience to either their colleagues or subordinates.

In my experience, using existing employees (“internal”) to undertake coaching results in three major things:

  1. “Coaching” usually means the coach offers ideas and advice to “help” the coachee. This isn’t coaching, it’s mentoring.
  2. Employees are reluctant to apply for coaching as they have a real fear and suspicion that the coaching process and sessions aren’t confidential and they will “be recorded” with HR. This issue is exacerbated when the HR team acually provides the coaches from within their own teams. Not a smart move.
  3.  A lot of organisations (and I could personally quote four international conglomerates) state they have a coaching service available to their employees. The reality is actually very different. The “service” they offer is either very limited in its availability, and usually only available to senior executives, or they have a limited number of coaches and there is a lack of support for it. In other words they pay lip service to the whole ethos.

Obviously there are many arguments regarding using internal coaches versus the use of external coaches and this will be determined by a company’s HR policy. There are pro’s and con’s in either approach.

However, no matter who you receive coaching from, if you get the opportunity to get some then grab it with both hands. Coaching works. And if you’d like to know more, please get in touch for a free taster session.

Motivation

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Motivation means different things to all of us. Some people get motivated by money, fame or success. Others get their motivation from helping others. Some folk have seemingly little or nothing that motivates them.

Motivation also means different things to different people. Michael Jordan is motivated by succeeding the next time, even if he’s just missed a match winning shot. The late Steve Jobs was convinced that what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones was simple perseverance. Whereas my late mother, a single parent to four boys, was driven by putting food on the table by working two jobs and making sure she put her children’s needs before her own.

My motivational needs have changed over the years. What drove me when I was 20 is very different to what pushes me along now; I think the change can be attributed to different priorities which come with getting older and also achieving the earlier ambitions I’d set myself. That’s not to say I no longer have ambition or motivation; I do, they’re just different to what they used to be.

So if you’re finding it difficult to find, or change, your motivation, then coaching can definitely help. Get in touch for a free taster session and I’ll explain more.

Time

TimeAll of us have a finite amount of time to get things done. Some people have more time than others for a variety of reasons, whilst other folks are able to spend more time doing the things they enjoy, whereas some people work long hours maybe doing a job they don’t like.

An American survey published in January 2015 listed 30 surprising facts about how we actually spend our time. But one thing it doesn’t mention is how many folks spend their working lives in a job that they either hate or no longer achieve any fulfillment from. Or how long people remain in a personal situation they’re either afraid to address or don’t know how to change.

Coaching is proven to help clients to gain back control of the time they spend doing things they don’t want to do and to reinvest it in the things they do want to do. Coaching helps clients to prioritise their lives and therefore lead a happier and more contented life.

So if you’re interested in improving your overall lot then please get in touch and I’ll explain how it all works and also give you a free taster session which will demonstrate the power of coaching.

 

 

 

Impostor Syndrome.

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People who think they’re about to “be found out” or feel that they do not deserve the success they’ve achieved are said to be suffering from “Impostor syndrome“.

I used to feel that I had “Impostor Syndrome”, even though I hadn’t even heard of that term at the time. It felt at times that I wasn’t good enough at doing stuff, even though the regular feedback I received from others meant I was pretty good at doing stuff; in the majority of cases.

Obviously there are some things I was and still am crap at – DIY being one of them, but on the whole I wasn’t as bad as I thought I was. I got to the stage whereby I was reluctant to try to achieve a goal that was outside my comfort zone. Like changing the spark plugs on my car or putting up shelves; in case I failed.

But I summoned up the courage and did both and you know what? My car is still going (plus I rebored the plug seating) and the shelves are still standing; with things on them. And they’re straight.

So when it came to changing my career from a comfy (boring) corporate job to something unknown and untested (but exciting), I jumped at the chance.

And here I am, a life/career coach. If you want to see how I can help you make the change in your life you feel you need then please get in touch.

Don’t be an impostor.

 

Are You Sitting On Your Hands?

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One of the better known figures of speech is “Sitting On Your Hands”. Whilst most us don’t literally sit on our hands, a lot of us do this figuratively.

And when people do this, it usually means little or nothing gets done. Which obviously isn’t a good thing.

To enable you to meet your aims and ambitions, then you need to stop sitting on your hands and have a plan. But before you plan the plan, you need to explore your options. And to do that you need to think about what goal it is you’re trying to achieve.

All this is very easy to do. Contact me and I’ll help you through it.

Free those hands and achieve your ambitions.

What Do You Know?

what do you knowYou may think you don’t know very much, but most people know a lot more than they think. But how?

  • Everyone has an opinion, based on what we already know and what our beliefs are
  • Most of us do things for ourselves and others during the course of a regular day, based on our experiences, our behaviour, what we have learnt and what we already know
  • Some folk get the chance to do new things on occasion, like when on holiday or simply experiencing something different: and as a result will learn something new and retain that knowledge
  • We learn something new everyday; whether we register it or not.

There has been much research into how and why people learn and why they retain certain information and discard other stuff. I’m not a psychologist so I’ll leave that to the experts.

But, a lot of people don’t know what they want out of life. They can’t (or choose not to) make an informed decision about life, love, career/job,  health, wealth or happiness.

We’ve all been there. But the folk who know more “stuff” are the one’s who are likely to seek some help to enable them to make the right decision and improve their lot.

I can help you to decide. Learn more here.