The Personal Strategy Coach

Davina Greene is The Personal Strategy Coach, driving clients from reflection and planning through to achievement.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines Coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

Business Coaching, Organisational Coaching, Corporate Coaching, Executive Coaching, Life Coaching, and Personal Coaching are some common terms. These are all simply ‘Coaching’, but attempt to somehow define the market preferred by that coach. The skill behind them is just the same. During Coaching, the coach is essentially a listener and questioner; an objective and neutral observer of the situation or goal under discussion.

I see Coaching as a series of high-quality conversations that result in change. It is the placement of focussed attention on a person, by me, so that they may place focussed attention on what is important to them at a point in time (a goal to achieve, a change to make…whatever the case may be). It is the provision of an opportunity to an individual to work on themselves holistically within an environment that is, by necessity:

  • Confidential
  • Respectful
  • Transparent and honest
  • Creative
  • Challenging

I also think of Coaching in terms of personal strategy. Just as an organisation may hold a Strategy Meeting or Strategy Day, a Coaching session can be viewed as your Strategy Hour, during which you stop, vent, understand, think, and plan for you.

Furthermore, I see Coaching as a significant contributor to general mental health and resilience. Focussing on solutions rather than problems, and resolving manageable issues when they arise, avoids the snowballing of stressors to a more serious level later.

By committing to Coaching, the client makes a huge commitment to himself (or, the employer makes a huge commitment to the employee). Self-awareness kicks in. Core thoughts, thought processes, feelings, attitudes and beliefs will become more clearly defined. Once this happens, foundations become firmer and confidence in thinking and acting differently increases. The resulting momentum will be strong – the discovery of real inner Rocket Fuel.

Directly or indirectly, coaching can bring (amongst other things):

Momentum, dynamism, focus, fun, hopefulness, clarity, resilience, independence, loyalty, engagement, gratitude, acceleration of efforts, initiative, innovation, balance, self-assuredness, reduced stress, increased wellness, transparency, supportiveness, communication skills, people skills, leadership skills, performance excellence, energy, mindfulness, alignment, improved service (internal and external), quicker resolution of internal issues, personal effectiveness, a self-driving continuous improvement culture, business growth

By the end of any session, we should have landed on some action, or question, that can be taken with the client for processing.

In a company setting, the business goals can be discussed and we can endeavour to connect those goals to the coaching process.

Stop and listen.

Slow down to speed up.

Are you running from what you do not want, or running towards what you want?

If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.