It has been said that if you want to double your income, you must triple your rate of learning. As project managers, one good goal for each of us every year should be developing one new skill that doesn’t have anything to do with our current profession or job. It is helpful to acquire knowledge from outside of your domain of operation. For example, if you are a Mechanic, it would not hurt you to do a little reading about gardening. If you are an Insurance Agent, you would not be wasting your time to read about graphic design. The examples above are used for illustration purposes only. You might think these fields are so far apart that you cannot see the benefit of acquiring cross-knowledge there. This article of leadership inspiration includes a brief introduction to the relatively new profession of Life Coaching. Acquiring Life Coaching skills could enhance our effectiveness as project managers. When we get to the stage in life where we become tired of the hassles of corporate or structured organizations, we could have a seamless transition from project management into owning a business in professional life coaching.
Life Coaching is a partnership between a coach and a client that helps the client to produce fulfilling results in his/her personal and professional life. The coach’s initial responsibility is to discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve. The coach then works with the client in self-discovery and client-generated solutions and strategies; and holds the client responsible and accountable.
In order to determine if receiving coaching would be beneficial to you at a particular juncture in your life, you must be clear about your desired outcome and be ready to devote the time and the energy to making real changes.
Life Coaching is distinct in many ways from other service or helps professions like, therapy, counseling, consulting, mentoring, training, and athletic-development. Services like therapy and counseling bring people from the past to the present. In other words, they move people from dysfunctional to functional. Coaching takes people from the present to the future, from functional to optimal. Many executives and athletes who are at the top of their games have coaches in their lives. Having a coach is a sign of strength and not an admission of weakness.
The coaching process typically begins with a personal interview (either face-to-face or by telephone) to; assess the individual's current opportunities and challenges, define the scope of the relationship, identify priorities for action, and establish specific desired outcomes. Subsequent coaching sessions may be conducted face-to-face or over the telephone, with each session lasting a previously established length of time. Between scheduled coaching sessions, the client may be asked to complete specific actions that support the achievement of his/her personally prioritized goals. The coach may provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments, or models, to support the individual's thinking and actions. The duration of the coaching relationship varies depending on the individual's personal needs and preferences.
If you are interested in learning more about the coaching profession, you may visit the International Coach Federation at www.coachfederation.org. You are also welcome to contact me for additional information. As a testimony, after almost 40 years in the business world, including several years in IT project management, I went back to school for 8 months and got certified as a Life Coach, and currently practicing in the area of Leadership Coaching.
Author: Dr Joseph Amanfu, PMP, CCP, MBCS, CTM, CPC, ELI-MP, ACC, PhD
PMI Tallahassee Chapter, Past President & Certified Leadership Coach