At the end of the week I am having a conversation with another coach and leadership consultant about what to offer businesses in the context of Brexit.
They are preparing for the unknown…how do they do this?
Stridently? With the confidence of predicted sales figures and trending research…the driver of knowledge of product, place and price.
Tentatively? Gathering in as much analysis as is available and trying to understand it to inform future decisions.
Nervously? Limited by the unknown – of trade with different cultures, of future tariffs, how responsive will the domestic market be?
What does coaching have to offer?
Whether for owners, CEOs, leaders, or the team, coaching is a place to turn to when planning and preparing for the unknown. The state of mind of everyone in the organisation is key to their and the organisation’s health and wealth.
Accessing coaching provides time to stop, reflect, remember why it is you do what you do, challenge oneself, and restore perspective, balance and value base. The first three things that come to me in this context are…
Motivators: A coach may ask, “What gets you out of bed in the morning?” This will take you to your core values. Where does your energy come from? What are you aiming to be, rather than do? How does this need to change as the context of your activity is redesigned from outside.
What about your colleagues and the team? The same questions that you ask about, “What is coming round the corner?” is also what they are thinking about, from their perspective. If that impacts on performance, coaching can reset the mindset of the group and enable focused, positive attitude.
Inhibitors: A coach may ask, “what holds you back?” The answer can be a rich place to begin. There are voices within us all that remind us of our weaknesses rather than strengths, slow us down. “Who do you think you are to aspire to that..?” Coaching will reveal strategies to focus on achievement.
Saboteurs come in many guises. The actual human underminer who disrupts, antogonises, slows progress, blocks change, is often known to everyone but those who need to know. Coaching conversations can illuminate, liberate, transform stuck and unhelpful behaviours.
Process: With the day to day routine and priority of keeping the show on the road, where is the time to stop? Stopping is the first thing to do! Find an hour for yourself in whatever role you are in and use it for reflection, restoration and inspiration. “Process” is actually code for, “what is going on?”
How do I feel, where do I feel it? Experiencing this promotes realisation of what is actually important. As we prepare for the unknown, experiencing the status quo and its impact provides material for choosing steps to take towards what you want to achieve. The essential part for any enterprise is to ensure everyone is included. From the first point of human contact to the boardroom.