Why You Should Consider Coaching

It is about discovering and reaching your maximum capabilities

There’s a quote I really love which I share with you here :
“I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.”
Bob Nardelli, Chairman and Chief Executive, Chrysler

This 8 November, I want you to get yourself over to the International Coaching and Leadership Summit here in Kuala Lumpur. This is an event which has been developed by the International Coaching Federation Chapter Malaysia (which is the official organisation of credentialed coaches) and which will be held at Putrajaya International Convention Center. It represents a one-day gathering of more than 500 attendees who come together to listen to masterclass coaches, speakers and top leaders in their industries in Malaysia.

Why coaching?

Coaching is actually not as widespread in Malaysia as in the Western world.  Although training opportunities and courses are in ample supply, coaching itself is not as well known. So, let me share how coaching is quite different to training.

When you decide to attend training in a particular area, you are “the one who doesn’t know”.  You come in order to acquire knowledge, whether it is technical information or whether it is related to soft skill development. Typically, you will have an expert (at least we hope) in front of you who will share his or her knowledge.

In coaching, however, the client is the subject expert matter. As a coach, you work to get your coachee to find new solutions and you encourage new behaviours and new ways of thinking by creating more self-awareness, accountability and motivation.

Challenging the status quo

In many ways, the coaching process aims to challenge the way people think and feel in order to get better results. So, here is some breaking news for you: your results depend on the way you think and feel about a relationship, situation or challenge. Let me explain further.

Most often, when something or someone appears to be in our way, we blame the thing or the person, thinking that “our story” is the fact.

But it is not.

Our story is built upon our system of beliefs, experiences in life, education and cultural background. I can safely say this, having lived in North Africa, North America and now, Asia.

Coaching is about being focused on a solution or desired outcome. It works on the belief that people are resourceful in finding their own solutions. In many organisations, we implement a great many processes in order to improve performance but very often, we fail to realise that behind these processes, we have people.

We have people with their own set of thoughts, feelings, belief systems, strengths and inner roadblocks. A great part of the effectiveness of coaching stems from trusting a person’s inner ability and wisdom to become the best version of themselves.

According to the Center for Creative Leadership, 75 percent of careers are derailed for reasons related to emotional competencies, including an inability to handle interpersonal problems, unsatisfactory team leadership during times of difficulty or conflict or inability to adapt to change or elicit trust.

How many managers and leaders do you know who consider their controlling management style as the only way to get results? Actually, many of them do not even see themselves as controlling types.

What I’ve come to observe as a coach is that people don’t come to a coach because they don’t like their job. They come to a coach when their manager is micromanaging them, when they dare not speak up for the sake of their company, when they don’t have clear expectations from their bosses or when they don’t feel in charge of things.

Senior leaders typically hire a coach because in a fast-paced environment, they need time to reflect and share with another in order to come up with innovative solutions or develop skills in areas such as stress management, interpersonal relationships, decision making or problem-solving.

Coaching is not a magic wand. But it is definitely one of the best ways for creating a long-lasting and positive change in organisations.

“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”
– Theodore Roosevelt


The International Coaching and Leadership Summit will be held on 8 November 2017 in Kuala Lumpur. The Summit will feature an impressive speaker line-up including Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D., MCC, CSP from California who will present on the future of Professional Coaching worldwide and  Michelle Reina, a best-selling author and founder of Reina, A Trust Building® Consultancy who hails from Burlington, USA who will share how corporate organisations build trust and the best practices in leadership. Other sessions will cover the neurosciences and coaching, coaching in an Islamic culture, rebuilding trust as well as team coaching. For more info, visit The International Coach Federation (ICF).  Marie is an organising committee member for the ICF Coaching and Leadership Summit.

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