Sitting here quietly reflecting on this mornings coaching session, how do I know the two hours spent together have made any difference to my client and their organisation?
... and on reflecting I identify 6 possible measures of success, although of course these are my measures, and it is those of my client that truly count...
As we reflect on the progress made since the coaching programme commenced 5 months ago my client confirms that progress has been made on their original coaching goals, many have been partially or fully achieved, and in some instances, most definitely exceeded. Goals that felt a real challenge 5 months ago now feel very comfortable and the personal stretch has shifted focus to new areas of performance development.
2. Increased Self Awareness
Taking time during our sessions to reflect on this performance has led to new insights and heightened self awareness for my client. This has been really valuable, helping them notice what they do that works well and what they want to change.
3. Behavioural Change
Having identified what behaviour my client wants to change, their focus moves towards exploring how they might change, who might they model and what will be different. This enables conscious choice about change and provides evidence that change is happening. Whilst reflecting on our conversation today I observe that change within my client often starts with a shift in the way they perceive themselves and by them changing their self talk.
4. Generating New Ideas
The coaching process can be a very creative one, providing an environment to generate new thinking and ideas. Today I notice my client becoming resourceful and energised around a goal that at the start of the session had felt particularly challenging. By committing to our coaching today, and changing their environment, their perspective shifted and they quickly generated new ideas and identified steps forward that felt motivating and achievable.
5. Taking Responsibility
What is precious in a non directive coaching relationship is my client is able to think for themself, identify their own solutions and take responsibility for implementation. Today we explored live examples of where my client had taken responsibility for their actions and the resulting increase in their confidence, decision making, impact and results.
6. Self Coaching
I know I have succeeded when my client starts self coaching! Observing today whilst my client skilfully articulates an issue, then deepens their thinking about potential ways forward that has thus far eluded them, is so rewarding. There is something very powerful about be given time to think out loud, and have a coach, or colleague, listen with genuine interest.
So these are the 6 signs I observed in my practice today, I'm sure there are many more... and I wonder what measures my client would offer? What signs have you noticed to suggest your coaching has been a success? If you are a coach or coaching client please share your examples of coaching success with us here...