Working alongside a personal development coach is something that I can highly recommend, and something that all the top coaches I know do. At Man City, I worked closely with my personal development coach for three years. Although not a psychologist, my coach had a big influence on my own personal development which in turn helped me develop players at the academy.
Below are some of methods which we worked on and developed during my time there:
The Remit – My Performance coach/ Performance manager focused on my individual situations in communication, interpersonal skills, interpersonal relationships, connection with individuals and teams to develop greater self awareness in my professional and competitive environment.
Having an extensive corporate background and additional training in NLP, Coaching and Insights, and accredited practitioner status allowed my coach to use recognised performance tools. My coach used and exposed me to the Insights discovery process. This is used to profile individuals and teams creating a language and common understanding of basic principles of behaviors indicative of personality types.
Individual coaching expanded into discussions about creating Competent teams who support each other and focus on the main objective of achieving the Academy Philosophy at the time, creating the environment necessary to produce football players.
My additional focus at this point then turned to the support staff, creating an MDT.
My Learning – 1:1 coaching and conversation, listening and supporting others in their development ambitions. My aim has always been to draw out a persons’ potential rather than put in aims and knowledge from outside.
“Coaching should develop rather than impose ……… be reflective rather than directing”
Effective personal coaching is a form of change facilitation – it enables people, rather than trains them.
Life coaching is reactive and flexible – it allows for personal transition on an individual basis.
Coaching of this sort makes no assumptions – it’s not judgmental, nor is it prescriptive or instructional.
For me Empathy and understanding individuals is central to the coaching process. In addition HONESTY, TRUST and CLEAR and consistent communication and behaviour standards are vital.
Good personal coaching seeks to help the other persons’ understanding of himself or herself.
An individual might want to discuss career direction and development, management issues or problems, executive and leadership process and behavior methodology and techniques, life skills, personal fulfillment, life-balance, and the acquisition of specific skills or knowledge.
Coaching can be adaptable because it is not concerned with delivery and specialized training – it focuses on enabling and reflection, so that the individual decides and discovers their required progression themselves.