Before I embarked on my coaching journey, I faced several challenges in my job. I felt I could be more confident in meetings, struggled to prioritize and delegate effectively, and felt something off in my communication. However, after completing my sessions as a coachee, I can confidently say that I have overcome those issues. The growth I experienced was truly profound, so much so that I consider coaching a meaningful life experience I have had. So, what does coaching mean to me? To me, coaching signifies a transformative journey of self-discovery and continuous growth. I have witnessed the tremendous power of active listening, empathy, and impactful questioning one gains in coaching. These skills have enabled me to gain clarity, make important decisions, and conquer obstacles with unwavering determination.
A few words on my coaching journey
My coaching experience proved common misconceptions wrong and opened new thinking horizons. Now, I don’t think you need more than four coaching sessions to achieve the learning goals within a domain. Also, coaching transcends geographical limitations as it can take place online. I experienced the seamless nature of online coaching, and it exceeded all my expectations. Furthermore, the business coaches I had are highly respected experts in their fields, and it is simply a matter of finding the perfect coach or coaching provider to guide and support your journey.
„To me, coaching is a transformative journey of self-discovery and growth many professionals deeply need.„Leonhardt Pohl
Regarding coaching itself, I have had three one-on-one coaching journeys so far, each time regarding a specific topic spread across four sessions. I was coached on how to lead confidently and effectively, delegate, and boost my work productivity. Because of the compressed and agile format, including the one-on-one approach, it was highly effective. As a result, I became more organized, and my confidence improved. Prioritizing tasks based on urgency, impact, and the 80/20 rule boosted my productivity. All this is due to an inward mentality shift that my communications with the coach triggered. The laser-focused format deployed by Sparrks, my coaching provider, customized the journey to the unique challenges I face. It was all about me, my challenges, and how to navigate them.
What does coaching mean to me?
Coaching is about being personal with your coach because you can leverage the experience of someone who has already faced the challenges you are facing. In a one-on-one format, that coach can fully concentrate on you. Through my own experience, I have come to view coaching as the best form of professional development. It is also one of the most profound experiences a company can give its employees. As I said in the opening, coaching is a transformative journey of self-discovery and growth most professionals deeply need. It’s a chance to learn what coaches have learned through decades of work experience.
All professionals I have talked to have had similar experiences and have experienced tremendous benefits from coaching. That explains why the coaching industry is growing (particularly in Germany, where I reside and work). While more companies realize the tangible employee benefits from coaching, the industry will continue growing. And with that, and most importantly, professionals who receive coaching (whether low-level managers or top executives) will also thrive.
By Leonhardt Pohl
FAQ: What does coaching mean to me?
What does coaching mean to me?
Coaching is a transformative journey of self-discovery and growth many professionals deeply need.
Which coaching provider do I suggest?
I have tried Sparrks first-hand, and I can confidently say it is one of the best coaching providers in the German market. I especially found value in Sparrks’ one-on-one coaching format, which broke all the barriers and feelings of loss I had encountered before in group coaching.
Should companies offer coaching to their employees?
Absolutely! One of the best learning development solutions companies should deploy is coaching. But, they need to ensure they pick a professional and transparent coaching provider.