At the next table in the coffee shop two people held an energetic conversation about workplace issues. A few tables over three people were in an intense, quiet discussion with lots of pauses. The dialogue was obviously deep and personal.
These people were lucky. They all had someone to talk with, give feedback and make observations on whatever predicaments clouded up their lives. They were coaching each other.
But coaching from friends is a mixed blessing. Loyalties can limit perspective. Friendships can prevent delivery of necessary but tough messages. Friends’ experience and expertise is often limited. Their sympathetic ear is most welcome but may not come with deep insight needed to really impact our next steps.
Dilemmas from work, family, money and community might only be benign distractions or completely knock us off the rails. Our lives are complex and intertwined; challenges from one life area impact another.
Coaching does many things. Unknown doors and untapped resources can be revealed.
Rewarding opportunities often exist beyond the horizon of present problems. Sometimes we must make internal changes to accommodate a transitioning environment. What are the wise and unwise next steps?
Try coaching. Workplace coaching for an org’s chief leadership is usually called “Executive Coaching.” Guidance through life’s complexities is “Life Coaching.” But we all know, life’s normal complexities and our workplace intermingle. Find a way forward. It’s there.