What is coaching?
Simply expressed, coaching is a creative process between a coach and the client. The aim of a coaching conversation is essentially to help the client get clarity for whatever he or she wants to work on or is grappling with. The coach is trained to guide and facilitate the conversation in a way that aims to unlock the client's potential.
As per the International Association of Coaching (IAC), it is a transformative process for personal and professional awareness, discovery and growth, and the expansion of possibilities.
The coach and client are both a part of this awareness process. There is growth in it, by co-creating creative possibilities. The client brings to the sessions his or her challenges. No challenge is trivial or unimportant. The conversations take place keeping the client's highest interest and confidentiality in mind. If you are curious about how it all works, please feel free to book a session here.
What is the difference between life coaching and executive coaching?
Executive coaching focuses the coaching session towards professional issues that might be making the individual feel “stuck” in some way. The coach works with the client to come up with creative solutions to overcome the situation. It is like using the coach’s brain and one’s own, tuned together, with high mutual regard and trust, to work through matters of the mind and situation.
Life coaching focuses the coaching sessions towards life goals or life issues. Most often life issues have a lot of influence on professional issues. In reality, the two are deeply interlinked. The boundaries between “life” and “executive” coaching are diffused for sessions to be truly valuable for the client. However, the focus in an executive coaching session remains largely professional & in the latter, personal or life-related.
Myths & Truths
Myth : The coach will give me advice on what to do.
Truth : The coach does not give advice unless asked.
Myth: Going to a coach means I cannot solve my own problems.
Truth: Going to a coach means that you are empowering yourself to solve your own problems. The coach acts as a sounding board and an agent for expansion of thought and options.
Going to a coach means I have mental health issues
Truth : Our minds, like our bodies, need to be nurtured. Our brain, which is the single biggest integrator of functions of the body and mind, is an organ. It is also responsible for emotion, memory and reactions. It also may need a “health check-up” from time to time. So yes, going to a coach simply means you are giving yourself the space to explore your mind. And that being increasingly accepted as necessary for leading a healthful, wholesome life.
Myth: Those who cannot do it, become coaches.
Truth: Those who coach, are trained to do so. They listen to understand, they ask powerful questions, they are able to engage in a reflective conversation with the client. Many of them have a deep understanding and interest in human psychology and behaviour, which they continue to hone over their lifetimes. They are more empathetic than others. They themselves have master coaches to navigate their emotional and mental canvases. They are usually credentialled. It is a choice they make & dedicate a lot of personal resources to develop that part of themselves. They may draw from their own and learned experiences to help their clients.
Executive and Leadership Coaching
Change and Transition Coaching
Career Coaching for Young Minds, and
Coaching for Women Professionals and Leaders.
“Nandini has been a great companion in my journey as a founder. She has been associated with me since the beginning. Her strength lies in her need to explore all possibilities of any idea. This openness inspires me to dig deeper and eventually come out of my comfort zone. She has the blend of patience and compassion together with the intelligence to understand what is left unspoken.”
Sujata Mukherjee, Founder Ashwini Charitable Trust, a 19 year veteran NGO & pioneer in serving underprivileged children in Bangalore.
Ms Tan, 49, was a carrier banker with more than 20 years in various roles in transaction banking. In her forties she was focussed on building her career with the bank of her dreams. However at 49, after many years as a leader of repute, she found herself competing for salience with a younger, more tech savvy colleague. She was unable to deal with the stress of working with this need to constantly prove herself against this younger colleague. She was also worried about her daughter about the fly the nest. She felt she needed some time with her but what of the career that she had worked so hard to build. Some clarity in life was needed. Maybe a coach could help….
Anil Gupta, 47, was an high performance expat manager, on path breaking assignments, being posted in multiple countries. He had turned around the Africa market, worked out new product ideas in a stagnant US market and was now headquartered in Geneva for his global conglomerate. However, lately, he found himself being side-lined for the next promotion. In his place, younger colleagues with less stellar track records were being picked for juicier roles in other geographies. Anil had a navy seal mindset. He was fearless and very confident of his abilities. He was also used to being favoured by the folks in New York. Then what could be going wrong ? His distress level was taking a toll on him. He was irritable at home, he was unable to connect with his daughter or wife. He felt down and totally isolated. Could a whole-brained coaching intervention help ?
Yu Mei, 37, was strangely disengaged at work. She felt her days just came and went. She was a single mother of twins and her life revolved around them, her partner and her parents. Yu Mei felt there has to be a sense of purpose to life and she was exploring whether that purpose lay outside her work place. However, she knew that it would not pay the bills. How could she reconcile her work life with her inner thoughts ? How could create more motivation for herself at work ?
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