We feel hugely excited to learn that we are finalists again in the European Mentoring and Coaching Council Awards in the categories of:
- Individual Coach
- Individual Mentor
- Coaching Company of the Year
This feels like an embarrassment of riches! We were also nominated last year in the individual coach category, and Coacharya were the winners.
As a consultancy that specialises in helping people to review their own personal effectiveness and manage change in their workplace whilst still remaining human, we incorporate coaching and mentoring as part of our offer. For us, coaching is part of our lingua franca, our every-day way of engaging people – try it! For example if someone comes to you with a problem, why not ask ‘what have you tried already’, ‘what is already working’, if you looked at this problem in three months’ time what would it look like’. We all have gremlins that no-one else knows about – the one’s that say ‘Someone will soon find you out’, ‘You are just not clever/experienced/confident enough to do that’, ‘I’d give up now if I were you’. Self-sabotage is so easy isn’t it? Especially when give more weight than it is worth to those voices in our heads that no-one else can hear!
For us, coaching has become a way of life and we think everyone can learn to use it. You can even coach yourself!
To be nominated in the categories of Individual Coach and Coaching Company of the Year is bit of a surprise – and so we had to ‘coach’ ourselves today, coaching toward greater acceptance that, yes, people really appreciate what we do – but more than that they appreciate how we do it. Engaging with clients so that they are able to acknowledge their own skills and strengths, whilst being mindful of their own humanity, is important to us.
As a consultancy that offers mentoring we also work with leaders in business, the public sector and charities. They want time to work through exactly where they are, what they are doing, how they will move their organisations from a) to b), understand better the characteristics of leadership, the impact of the rigour and challenges of continuous momentum, the courage involved in taking time to take stock. Mentoring isn’t coaching. It is a process that demands continual reflection and self-questioning. It isn’t directive but it doesn’t shy away from drilling down into the nitty gritty of personal impact, business direction, competitive challenges and the bottom-line.
We consider the act of mentoring is a great way of paying forward the learning from all the wonderful opportunities, experiences, people and relationships that have helped us on our way. And we offer mentoring as part of our business offer because we believe that the uniqueness of the human relationship is founded on the ability of all of us to engage, trust, learn and encourage.
Whether or not we are successful in the Awards is not important. It is very humbling to be recognised as adding something to our existence on this earth rather than detracting from it. That is sufficient.
And as Ruby Wax said when I saw her speak at Latitude this year ‘take a bow and say thank-you. Be the best you can be’!