Transformation is what MUTABOR stands for. That’s why we accompany not only our clients but also our employees as soon as they want to change. When it comes to careers and change, coaching is the talk of the town. But what exactly does a coach do? Verena Laetsch, coach at MUTABOR, gives answers to what coaching is all about and what it delivers.
With a skeptical look, my coaching student waits eagerly for the first coaching session to begin. »Are you nervous?« I ask. »Well, I don’t know what’s going to happen here. Is this like at the psychologist’s?«, this or similar reactions are often asked.
Actually, anyone can need coaching
What is coaching? Is it therapy? Don’t only people go there who have problems? What do we do? These are the questions that are mostly asked of me. When I then tell them what I do in my work as a coach, the answer is very often: »Anyone could use such coaching.« And that’s exactly the way it is. Because it doesn’t necessarily have to be about things we have to »chew on« at the moment. In the coaching process, I much prefer to look at potentials and talents. What is there to be found? What is their burning passion, and how can the dormant potential be unleashed? The point is not to perceive the choachee merely as an employee. Rather as a person, as a whole person, with all their strengths and weaknesses. I help them to enter into self-reflection. We may be sitting in the same boat, but they always have control of the rudder and can determine the direction. Together we look at who we are actually dealing with and work on self-confidence.
Self-confidence: That’s me, and that’s what I can do!
Coaching is all about self-confidence. On the one hand, this means awareness of oneself, i.e., knowing one’s own behavior patterns and strategies. On the other hand, it is about strengthening self-confidence. Because the better you know yourself, the more you can use your talents and resources and achieve your goals. Those who build on their strengths are more motivated and more efficient. They know what they are capable of and – very importantly – can communicate this clearly to the outside world. Of course, this applies not only to individuals but also to teams. The better a team knows themselves, with all their bundled abilities, potentials, quirks, stumbling blocks as well as their very own USP, the better and more motivated the team can work together and is much more efficient.
Finding strengths – an example
From the countless possibilities of methods and models, for example, I like to use the panorama of life. We look together at formative situations from the past and work out what has always been easier for you than for others, for which you have always been praised or called on for help. Discovering parallels here are often very illuminating and motivating moments because one’s own strengths become clear and are a great basis for developing goals.
Why does MUTABOR offer coaching?
Why should the employer offer coaching? Today, when so much is said about work-life balance, it shows that we humans are more concerned about ourselves again. Work plays an important role, but it’s not just about earning money. Many people ask themselves the question of meaningfulness in their profession. The job ought to be connected with life, be fun, motivate and encourage. Especially in times of a shortage of specialists and managers, we take these desires seriously and want to encourage and support employees, regardless of hierarchy level, in such a way that they strengthen their strengths and pursue their work with full energy and joy. Ultimately, this has a positive effect on the relationship with the customer and the entire team. Our coaching aims to look together with the employee at what talents and potentials lie dormant behind the façade, and that is when we say: Wake up sleepy head!
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