What is Coaching?

Internal tumult leads to external confusion

What is coaching?

Systemic coaching is a relatively new approach to professional coaching that delves into the interconnections between individuals and the systems in which they function. It blends the principles of systemic thinking with coaching tools to facilitate meaningful transformations in people’s lives.

At its core, systemic coaching is about recognizing that people are a product of their environment. It emphasizes the importance of understanding how the individual’s environment affects their thinking, behavior, and decisions. This includes the larger systems of family, community, and culture, as well as the more immediate social and professional networks within which they operate.

A common technique to foster personal growth is through systemic questioning, which interrupts habitual thinking and offers clients a new perspective on their situation. This helps detach the mind from the narrow viewpoint shaped by the environment, enabling clients to view their circumstances from a fresh angle.

Effective coaching requires considering the larger systems that individuals are a part of and how these systems shape their experiences. Consequently, systemic coaching is less centered on individuals and more focused on the dynamics between them and their environment.

Systemic coaches work collaboratively with clients to explore the environment in which they live and work, identifying behavioral patterns that arise from it. This can include recognizing the influence of family dynamics, exploring the impact of cultural norms, or enhancing communication skills.

Holistic Coaching: A Three-Part Strategy

My coaching approach revolves around three essential pillars and combines coaching, training, and consulting for maximum impact. While coaching efficiently addresses individual issues and solutions, training forms the basis for long-term impact and improved communication in individuals and corporations. Consulting becomes valuable when working alongside corporations and navigating change.

#1 - Coaching

In coaching I work very closely with every individual and provide new perspectives through targeted questions and rephrasing. This allows you to arrive at different conclusions and discover solutions on your own. You’re the expert in your situation, and I am your guide to finding the solution.

#2 - Training

Training involves learning and practicing specific skills. It is very closely entwined with consulting and almost always used in tandem. In this case I am the teacher and support you or your team through a targeted program to learn new skills or enhance existing ones. By actively participating new knowledge is gained and consolidated.

3# - Consulting

Consulting is about sharing knowledge and experience. It’s frequently coupled with training for skill acquisition or coaching for finding solutions. As the expert in communication and change processes, I provide information to help you leverage my experience. We work hand in hand to develop strategies and find solutions.

Want to know with which values my practices are aligned?

Intuition, and Communication for Success

Good decisions are made with a mix of intellectual understanding and intuition. This means that ethical considerations and personal opinions are inherent in every choice. This could mean that corporate decisions that are objectively sound, might, in hindsight, not align with employees’ personal decisions. Thus quickly leading to a disparity between the logical reasoning behind a change and the employees’ opinion about it. No doubt that most decisions are important, getting them communicated in the same way is arguably the most important challenge.

This ongoing conflict will manifest itself through emotions in everyone. We know through intuition that something is “not right” because we feel uncertain, helpless, sad, angry, or anxious. These emotions also exhibit physical sensations like a tight throat or a heavy stomach. In this way intuitive gut feelings, also termed ‘somatic markers’, guide us in making the right decisions. Studies have also shown that decisions that are aligned with our somatic markers lead to longer and healthier lives. Unfortunately cultural norms and upbringing often dictate our emotions and lead us to take decisions we do not want.

Subsequently we are not deciding for ourselves what to feel and are in turn influenced by our cultural norms or upbringing. By learning good communication and cultural appreciation, individuals tend to get more freedom in order to make more choices that are in line with their best interests and will communicate them accordingly. This ultimately leads to happier and more fulfilled lives.

I accomplish this by bringing my coaching practices into alignment with my values to drive excellence in individuals and corporations.

In the end, you are the expert on your environment, situation, and yourself. I assist you in learning effective communication, equipping you with the necessary tools and drawing from my experiences, to help you adapt your corporation and team for change and cultural diversity.

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