Coaching. Catch of the day?

I often tell people that completing my workplace coaching certification changed my life, and it’s honestly not an exaggeration.


I worked in operational HR roles supporting business leaders for a looong time and I was (and still am) bloody good at it. But the pressure in business partnership roles is immense. You never know what the next email or phone call will bring, which is exciting and exhausting almost in equal measure.


But for someone like me (and honestly the majority of quality HR people I know) with perfectionistic tendencies, the pressure to be ‘right’ and to ‘fix’ things quickly causes a lot of stress. I pride myself on my reputation of providing quality, well-considered and technically sound advice which isn’t always possible when someone rings you out of the blue expecting an immediate solution to their complex problem. Cue stress.


I mean I muddled through, and I became incredible adept at the ‘politician response’ where I answered with words while managing not to say anything of substance to buy myself time as my brain madly processes information and my hands quickly searched policy docs or the Google (a skill that still serves me well to be fair!).


Then coaching entered my life and it was like that bit in The Wizard of Oz where everything went from black and white to a technicolour dream land!



For those who haven’t waded into the world of coaching, the power of coaching comes from asking incredible questions, not from having the right answer. And that is the game changer!


The power of coaching comes from asking incredible questions, not from having the right answers.

Instead of needing to come up with the ‘right