Anna sought out coaching because she was looking for some structured support in her life and career so that she could move forwards in a direction that was right for her. She had recently returned to work after a long career break but her time away from the workplace, despite her wealth of experience, had impacted her confidence, particularly around managing teams. She was also dealing with a challenging work environment where it was difficult to add value and where she didn’t feel listened to.
Single isn’t a status, it’s a word to describe a person who is strong enough to live and enjoy life without being dependent on others.
The 40 candles that had adorned the cake to celebrate my milestone birthday were scarcely cool. The birthday gifts still lay scattered around the house.
This client was in a senior role within a large public body and felt she was at a crossroads in her career. There seemed to be plenty of opportunities available to her, yet she was feeling overwhelmed about which direction to take.
In my coaching work, I meet many people responsible for managing others who tell me that they have never had any practical management training and felt they had to learn the hard way.
A lot of people don’t get any training before becoming a manager and yet put huge expectations on themselves to know all the answers – even when they’ve only been in the role for a short period.
Within the academic population, there is increasing pressure to perform in a climate of constant change and restricted resources. Stepping into the role of an early career academic for the first time requires a different set of skills that individuals may not always have had the opportunity to develop.
So here is the scenario. You have spent a number of weeks putting the content together for a webinar to help people feel a little more confident. You want it to be a great learning experience for people – a short escape away for an hour or so from this crazy world that everyone finds themselves in.
There seems to be an idea in some circles that working with a coach is all about fixing problems but I am pleased to report that there is so much more to it than that!