Coaching is a powerful tool that can help athletes and employees alike to become more motivated and build positive self-esteem. It provides a safe space for individuals to objectively discuss their challenges without feeling judged or criticized. Having an unbiased person to talk to encourages an honest approach to addressing any underlying issues and potential obstacles to their progress. Reflective questions can also help to shed light on a situation and provide a different perspective that can cause an individual to move from a space where they feel stuck to a space where they take steps to move forward. Working with a coach allows individuals to set short-term goals that are specifically related to their jobs.
Creating a plan that fits the organization's objectives and that supports the individual's needs for their particular role is a great way to improve work motivation, build trust, and encourage employees to go beyond their existing skills, allowing them to learn more. Coaches can help individuals overcome any existing mental limitations and instead focus on solutions. By taking small steps to achieve goals and, at the same time, receiving support in the process, a coach can help an individual focus on their strengths and successes, rather than falling into self-criticism. Focusing on the positive aspects allows an individual to transform their mentality into one that complements their professional development and creates a “yes you can” attitude. The training methods used are unique to each individual.
A coach recognizes that we are all motivated in different ways, by different things and at different times. By working in a way that adapts to the challenges of each person, navigating toward achieving the goal is a much smoother process. Working to meet the specific needs of employees allows them to develop the relevant skills to face challenges head-on, so that they can reach their full potential. By encouraging employees to work towards their specific professional goals, an organization not only increases levels of staff satisfaction, but also orients employees in a direction that supports the achievement of their organizational objectives. Adopting this approach helps gain employee buy-in and allows them to understand why they are working towards the organization's objectives and how they can personally benefit.
Providing training services through coaching is a fundamental way to activate the potential of your workforce, increase return on investment and improve staff motivation levels. The impact it has on motivation and, as a direct result, on performance, retention, leadership and business growth, is profoundly significant. The role of a coach in your search for motivation is to help you discover what is your why and what is decreasing your motivation. However, if coaches understand their athletes and what motivates them, great things can be achieved. Simply put, the coach's role is to create the environment and provide the athlete with the opportunity to express their motivation in everything they do.
Adopting a coaching culture in the workplace recognizes the value of employees and encourages personal learning, growth and responsibility. Wayne Goldsmith is a performance-focused professional coach with more than 25 years of experience working with some of the world's top athletes, coaches and teams. In his blog series he explores how coaching can help boost motivation by providing an objective space for discussion, setting achievable goals, transforming state of mind, supporting individuality and working collectively towards common goals.