As we approach the end of the year, it’s always a good time to take a moment to reflect on what has gone well this year and to consider priorities for 2016. So I asked myself a question that I often put to my coaching clients ‘so what went well and how did that make you feel?’
Our coach training this year has resulted in a significant number of professional accredited coaches joining the industry. I am proud to have been part of their training and knowing that our courses have been reviewed by an accredited trade association to ensure that it adheres to the standards required by the Association for Coaching. I am delighted that we have achieved accredited status and can help people become accredited coaches. These coaches can then use their new coaching skills and help their clients become the best they can be. The buzz at the end of a training session is amazing, friendships are made and together the delegates challenge concepts and understand different theories so they can apply the approach that works best for themselves as coaches and for their clients. It gave me great pleasure knowing that all the delegates were committed to keeping the standards in coaching high by following our structured course to become accredited. In this growing industry where there is little legislation and anyone can call themselves a coach, it is great to see so many people following a certified course which is recognised by the Association of Coaching.
Team working has been great this year. I am proud of the team I work with who participated in the planning and delivery of the emotional intelligence EQ-i 2.0 certified training, the Accredited Award in Coach Training course and the management development courses held in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dubai. We have 2 new members of the team – Susan McDonald who is doing a fantastic job training delegates to become accredited coaches and experts in the use of the emotional intelligence tool EQ-i 2.0 and Shirley Adrain who is about to launch our Accredited Courses in Hong Kong. Alongside them I am so pleased to still work with Jane Farrelly our inspiring Dubai Director, Kitty Gordon our insightful Coaching Development Partner and Bella McNamara ‘the word wizard’ who supports us as our Marketing Consultant. The whole team are so proud of all of our new accredited coaches who we know will deliver a professional coaching experience for all their clients.
This year I have had the pleasure of working with many coaching clients including a few women who are returning to work after maternity leave. Having been in that situation a few years ago myself I understand how hard it can be to juggle work and family and go back into a work place. Maternity coaching can help support the transition for women in this situation. Asking the right questions at the right time helps them reflect and consider how they really feel about different areas of their life and career. Seeing the change in their mindsets as they have their own ‘light bulb’ moment is a highlight for me. All my clients know the answers, but sometimes it takes effective questioning and listening to help them realise their ‘light bulb’ moment and know what actions they need to take. By visualising the outcome and feeling emotionally connected to their vision, helps them achieve it. Making a difference and helping my clients be the best they can be is what drives me and the direction that I will continue to focus on in 2016.
Focus and Growth
This year has been about focus which has resulted in business growth and recognition. For the past 7 years, I have juggled my time between two businesses ‘Coaching Direct’ and ‘Rugbytots’ a franchise focusing on teaching young children rugby, run jointly with my husband Carl in Edinburgh & Glasgow. We were delighted when ‘Rugbytots Edinburgh & Glasgow’ won ‘Largest Franchise’ at the Rugbytots UK annual awards this year. All the hard work paid off and we now are the Franchisor for the whole of Scotland. We have grown from being the only franchise in Scotland to mentoring 6 new franchisees across Scotland. We are very much excited about the growth throughout Scotland in 2016.
Coaching is at the heart of both businesses and growing the concept of learning and self-development to perform at one’s best through coaching is at the heart of everything we do. This will continue to be a priority in 2016. This year has been about focusing and understanding how we can best help our clients and coach training delegates. We have a schedule of coach training courses in 2016 and will continue to provide coaching and offering interesting coach insights and resources on our web site. To stay up to date with everything about coaching and Coaching Direct sign up for our newsletter.
Take a moment to consider 2015, say thank you to those who have supported you and say thank you to yourself. I hope you enjoy your own reflections on 2015, and have a wonderful 2016 when it comes!