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What got you here, won’t get you there

What got you here, won’t get you there

by Moyra Mackie on February 22, 2014

“Coaching and counselling are really for losers”, said a forthright friend of mine the other day.

“I know it’s what you do but I don’t believe in this coaching stuff.  If people were just a bit more resilient… I guess if you’re a bit of a loser it might help, but otherwise I don’t believe in it.”

And with friends like that you might think…

But I really didn’t take offence.  I’ve been hearing echoes of that statement for a long time.

The myth that coaching fixes problems

This idea is still widespread.  How else do we explain that two thirds of CEOs understand the value of coaching, yet 90% of them don’t have a coach?

It’s not lack of budget or sign-off power that is holding them back.  It’s the idea that they might have a problem that needs to be fixed, or some trait that needs to changed.
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Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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Coaching Myth #1: Coaches Fix People Don’t They?

Coaching Myth #1: Coaches Fix People Don’t They?

by Moyra Mackie on March 23, 2013

I was inspired to write this article after a recent conversation where I was told:

“I’m not like you.  You’re a coach and coaches think everyone can be fixed.”

This brought to mind an image of a mechanic in greasy overalls wrestling with the inner workings of a car engine.  Leave aside the fact that I’m not sure I look good in overalls, “fixing” is not a concept that professional coaches recognise as being in their remit.

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as: “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

So whilst it’s undoubtedly work on both sides, overalls are not required.

When clients talk to me about the issues they have with their teams they quite often tell me that they tried coaching and “it didn’t work”.

And I reply:

“When you were coaching, what did you try?”

The responses I get back have led me to develop the following:

Five Clues You Are NOT Coaching

Click to tweet: Coaching Myth #1: Coaches Fix People Don’t They?

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Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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Who you gonna call? Why you should have a coach on speed dial.

Who you gonna call? Why you should have a coach on speed dial.

by Guest contributor Paul Jenkins on February 1, 2013

Coaches help people get better. But they are not doctors.

Coaches help in crisis situations. But they are not rescuers.

Coaches help with anxiety, personal issues and possibly ghosts from the past. But they’re not therapists or ghostbusters.

So who you gonna call?

And why should you make that call now, sooner, rather than later?

@PaulJenkinsCo asks: Are the benefits of executive coaching fully accepted by business leaders?

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Guest contributor Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins is a coach, speaker and trainer who helps good, experienced people who are struggling to find work to get the job they want and deserve.

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Do you remember your first day at school? The fear of the unknown? The big, unfamiliar building? Worrying if you would fit in? The fretting about wearing the right clothes? The anxiety about whether the teachers would like you and you would like them?

I remember those emotions, oh so well. But I probably have an advantage over you. My first day of school was in December 2012.

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Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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