Hi. It’s Stacey Ashley here from @ashleycoaching, and today I want to talk to you about what I think is a really important topic in the coaching world, and that’s continuing professional development.
For me, becoming a coach is not just about hanging out a shingle. It’s about making sure that you’re actually equipped to be the best coach that you can be.
I talk to a lot of people who are really thinking about coaching or expanding their coaching practise, adding coaching to their leadership toolkit, and they think that maybe it just kind of happens and if they just make the decision, it will happen. Now, for some people, that may be true, but certainly not for everyone.
think there is a lot to be said for actually investing in your skills and the development of your coaching competence so that you can be the best coach you can be for the people that you’re going to work with, whether it’s colleagues and peers within an organisation or whether they’re clients that you’re actually offering coaching services to.
If you think about any profession, we don’t just walk through the door and know how to do everything. We learn. We might get some formal training. We might get some on the job training.
Particularly for those people that have gone through the transition from, say, being a really great subject matter expert into a leadership role, the tools and the skills that you had as a subject matter expert are simply not enough to be great in your role as a leader.
Exactly the same thing can be said for coaching (and I’m really hoping you can hear this over the power tools that are happening in the background).
I would encourage you, if you’re thinking about coaching, becoming a coach, or just “What do I do next?” then really consider what are the tools and the skills that you need to be a great coach. To be able to offer the people you work with an outstanding experience that gives them the opportunity to create great change and great results for themselves.
This is Stacey Ashley, @ashleycoaching, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on what I believe is such an important topic.