Engineers have the potential to make great leaders - they are creative and have lots of ideas, they think analytically and logically, they can understand complex systems and interactions, they are able to weigh up alternatives and make compromises, they want to build and implement things and get things done efficiently. BUT there is one key characteristic of engineers that risks making them terrible leaders - they love solving problems! Why is that not great for aspiring leaders? Find out here!
What do you think of when you hear the word “coaching”? Business coaching? Personal coaching? Life coaching? Skills coaching? And is a coach a teacher, a mentor, a trainer, a motivator or a therapist? And what is “business coaching”? Is that coaching for executives, for project teams, for start-up companies or consulting for business development?
Coaching is a big trend at the moment – you either hate it or love it, but you can’t avoid being confronted with it. But what is it, exactly? And how does it differ from consulting or therapy? In this article I’ll explain what professional coaching really is from my point of view and how can it be used effectively to help people lead a more fulfilled life.
"What my staff do in bed has nothing to do with me!", "The topic of sexual orientation has no place at work!", "Being gay is not an issue in my company!"
Really? Are you sure? Quite sure?
Well, I'm not! Let me tell you why.
My favourite coaching method in Q1 2017 is The Empty Chair Method.
The Empty Chair Method comes from gestalt therapy from Fritz Perls* and can be used in coaching whenever the coach feels that it may be helpful for the coachee (customer) to change their perspective and to see a situation from the point of view of a third person. It is often useful for relationship difficulties and conflicts or when the coachee is too strongly focused on their own perceptions.