Who are my clients?
Or people taking on the role of Director will ask for support in getting to grips with their new challenges, often facing big increases in workload and responsibility, and having to deal with influential others who do not agree with, or wish to threaten their plans.
Executives, or their bosses see a need for career or attitude changes, due to company or departmental re-structures. Feedback from peers and colleagues suggest radical changes in emphasis or interpersonal behaviours, and these executives come to me, or are referred by others.
Overwhelming demands, calls for urgent action and decision-making and huge workloads make life for executive and other corporate teams more challenging every day. How to overcome personal differences and disagreements, collaborate, keep together and stay focused when the going gets tough can be the most challenging of all.
Many people set themselves very high standards and go for it. They often need help to stay on top and even to raise their game. It is with high performers that coaching most readily gives quick results and the biggest pay-offs. Others also set themselves very high standards, sometimes so high, they can never be met adequately. Result? -distress, overwhelm and worrying symptoms.
A surprising number of people these days feel disenchanted with how they are treated in organizations and wish to work for themselves in helping professions such as coaching or counselling. Since these demand high-level interpersonal skills, they will ask for help in getting started, especially in terms of how to gain access to learning and developing those skills, and later in how to find clients.
People with symptoms:
People facing life changes, that are often accompanied by worrying physical symptoms, will frequently view their symptoms as signals that they need to find new ways to earn their living and to re-organize their lives. They ask for help in discovering how to go forward.
People who are hurting:
Often it’s those people who are in difficulties or in pain in some way. In their 30s and 40s, many people become aware of themselves in a different way. They want to change careers, or it’s forced upon them by redundancy. They begin to feel less attractive and well than they used to and start to worry about being loved sufficiently. Their thoughts may turn to having children, and they worry that time and lack of opportunity are against them.
They want to develop new skills, and worry that they may be too late, and some begin to have anxiety that they have spent all their life meeting other people’s needs and expectations, and now they begin to think, “what about me?” They may really want to change things, but have no confidence in their ability to do it.