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Coaching: What you need to know

Confident Team Lead

Coaching: what it is, who it's for and what we do.

Whether you are a leader, a career changer, a team or a small business owner, our accredited Kinkajou coaches are here to support you on your journey.

Coaching is a partnership between a trained coach and an individual, designed to unlock potential and support the coachee in being the best version of themselves. 

"...partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership." International Coaching Federation​

What is coaching?

Who is coaching for?

Coaching is for anyone interested in positive change. No matter your background or aspirations, coaching is for anyone ready to invest in themselves and their well-being. Whether you're a leader aiming to enhance your impact, a new business owner, a professional seeking career advancement, or an individual striving for personal growth,  coaching can provide the support and guidance you need.

Through thought-provoking questions and coaching techniques, a coach helps individuals think out loud in a confidential, non-judgemental space to talk about what is important to them. It could be increasing self-awareness, clarifying goals and strengths, identifying opportunities, and developing strategies for specific contexts.​

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What are some coaching benefits?

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  1. Improved Performance and Communication Skills: Over 70% of individuals who receive coaching report benefiting from improved performance,  and communication skills.

  2. Increased Self-Confidence: 80% of people who receive coaching report increased self-confidence.

  3. Empowerment and Responsibility: Coaching can  increase employee and staff engagement.

  4. Enhanced Relationship Building and Empathy: Research indicates that coaching can lead to a significant increase in relationship building, recognition, empathy, and encouraging participation among leaders.

  5. Enhanced Well-Being: Positive psychology coaching is a scientifically-rooted approach to helping clients increase well-being, enhance and apply strengths, improve performance, and achieve valued goals.

What coaching approaches exist?

Coaching approaches support individuals, groups or teams in their personal and professional development, catering to diverse needs and preferences. Coaches may have prefered approaches informed by research, training and personal philosophy. However, a great coach always works with the needs of the individual and tailors appropriately. Example approaches include;

  1. Strengths-Based Coaching: This focuses on leveraging an individual's natural strengths to achieve goals and meet objectives. It emphasizes identifying and utilizing personal strengths to drive success and fulfillment.

  2. Solution-Focused Coaching: This centers on identifying and implementing practical solutions to challenges and obstacles. It aims to help individuals move forward by focusing on actionable steps and positive outcomes.

  3. Relational Integrative Coaching: This emphasizes the importance of relationships and integration, aiming to create a holistic approach that considers the interconnectedness of various aspects of an individual's life.

  4. Somatic Coaching: This focuses on the mind-body connection, recognizing that our physical experiences and sensations are integral to our overall well-being. This approach involves addressing emotional and psychological issues through the body, incorporating techniques such as movement, breathwork, and mindfulness to promote self-awareness and personal growth.

  5. Intuitive Coaching: This involves tapping into one's intuitive abilities to guide and support clients. Coaches may help individuals develop and trust their intuition, make decisions based on inner wisdom, and align their actions with their authentic selves.

  6. Creative Coaching: This encourages individuals to explore their creativity as a means of personal expression, problem-solving, and self-discovery. Coaches may utilize artistic methods, journaling, visualization, and other creative techniques to foster inspiration, innovation, and personal growth.

  7. Business Coaching: A business coach helps entrepreneurs and business owners build and grow their businesses and can be a big help during transition periods. 

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What are some coaching principles?

  1. Awareness: We foster awareness in individuals, helping them gain insights into their behaviours, thoughts, and emotions.

  2. Nonjudgmental: A key feature of our coaching is creating an environment where individuals feel safe exploring their challenges and opportunities without fear of judgment.

  3. Self-Belief: We instil in individuals the belief that they have the answers within them, helping them recognise their potential and capabilities.

  4. Responsibility: We encourage individuals to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, fostering a sense of ownership and accountability.

  5. Action: Coaching emphasises the importance of taking action, no matter how small, and implementing strategies to achieve desired outcomes.

  6. Solution: Involves directing individuals' attention towards identifying choices and solutions.

  7. Challenge: Coaches challenge individuals to expand their thinking and perspectives and gently push beyond their comfort zones.

Seven tips for selecting a coach

Selecting the right coach is critical for achieving your personal and professional goals. Here are some tips to help you choose the best coach for your needs: 

  1. Ethics: Look for coaches who are committed to ethical practices and are transparent in their approach.

  2. Experience: Depending on what you want to focus on it can be helpful to have a coach that has lived experience in the areas you want to support with. 

  3. Identify Areas of Support: Reflect on what you want to accomplish through coaching. While you may not know the exact topic you'd like to be coached on, having an idea of where you most need support can simplify the process of finding the right match .

  4. Research: Educate yourself about coaching and the coaching process. Take the time to research potential coaches and reflect on their areas of expertise and individual approaches. 

  5. Assess Credibility: Coaching is unregulated. Anyone can call themselves a coach and start coaching. Confirm the credibility of coaches by researching their qualifications, experience, and credentials. Look for coaches who are members of coaching associations, such as the International Coach Federation (ICF), European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).

  6. Free Chemistry Calls and Fit: Engage in conversations with prospective coaches to gauge your chemistry and assess whether there is a strong, open, and honest rapport. A strong coaching relationship is powerful, and it's essential to ensure that the coach is the right fit for you, and vice versa.

  7. Check for Success Stories: Inquire about the coach's success stories and examples of clients who have succeeded as a result of coaching. This can provide insights into the coach's impact.​

What our clients say

"I'd definitely recommend Kinkajou to anyone looking for coaching with a team that has a wide breadth of experience across different industries and a refreshing approach."

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