I believe the journey of human development is largely a conditioning process driven by our need to feel a sense of worth and belonging. We develop patterns of thinking and behaving in order to avert discomfort. When we are unaware of the ways in which we engage the world and those in it, we limit our potential for growth. These “blindspots” show up in our personal and professional interactions and decisions.
Coaching engages the creative process, increasing one’s capacity to be present and a learner in all areas of life. This practice allows for choices to be made from the inner state of greatest possible awareness and resourcefulness. Real personal and professional development results from this self-generative process of increased awareness and intentional pursuit of evolved abilities. When we understand how we arrived at a particular way of operating in the world, we begin to own our stories and consciously engage authorship for optimum life results.
An internal report of the Personnel Management Association showed that when training is combined with coaching, individuals increase their productivity by an average of 86% compared to 22% with training alone.
In one study conducted by MetrixGlobal LLC, companies including Booz Allen Hamilton received an average return of $7.90 for every $1 invested in executive coaching.