There was a time when coaching was a last-ditch attempt to “fix” problematic leaders. However, in times of increasing complexity and ever-faster change, people from all walks of life are turning to coaches to help them achieve their goals.
Potentiate’s coaching services
Potentiate Consulting offers one-off sessions and tailored programmes to help you and your team members overcome challenges, take action, and fulfil your potential.
Coaching sessions are usually 1.5 hours long. This gives us time to dig into what is going on and your desired results. You’ll identify action points and takeaways that you can implement immediately. Coaching can be a one-off for a specific situation, or a programme to facilitate a step-change in your life and work. Coaching programmes can run from a few months to a year, tailored to each client’s goals and needs.
Who will be coaching me?
I’m Daria, the owner of Potentiate Consulting. I have a wealth of experience across many industries in leadership and personnel development roles. That means I’m comfortable coaching people from the front-line to the executive suite.
I am known for my positive and engaging approach, inspiring individuals and teams to embrace change and make the most of every opportunity. I love helping my clients to develop their insight and create no-nonsense action plans to transform their lives and work. I’m passionate about building leadership and interpersonal capability. And I know that coaching is a fantastic tool for accelerating development.
My coaching approach is based on the meaning of my business name. A potentiator makes a process more powerful or potent. The desire and energy for change and growth come from you; I provide support, encouragement, and resources to facilitate your development journey.
The strengths I bring to the coaching relationship include curiosity, empathy and optimism. I use these to be your improvement-focused change agent, helping you activate your potential and achieve your goals.
What is the purpose of coaching?
Coaching provides a confidential, 1:1 relationship where the client can discuss what is important to them. Clients can reflect on their thoughts, feelings and experiences, develop clarity and insight, practice skills for application in the “real world”, and create strategies and action plans to address their challenges and achieve their goals.
What does a coach do?
- Provides a confidential, 1:1 space, focused on the individual.
- Acts as a sounding-board – taking a non-judgemental approach as you explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences.
- They are “on your team”, working with you to discover and unleash your inner genius.
- Makes observations and asks questions to help you identify patterns that hinder or help you achieve your goals.
- Assists you in translating insights into concrete actions.
- Provides accountability.
- Helps you recognise and celebrate progress and success.
- Offers a balance of challenge and support as you navigate your development journey.
- Seeks out ongoing training and professional development, extending their knowledge in order to support their clients more effectively.
What won’t a coach do?
- Give advice or tell you what to do.
- Listen to endless complaints without challenging you to take action.
- Affirm your victimhood or blamelessness.
- Do the work for you.
- Provide a quick-fix feel-good solution to deeply embedded issues.
- Address employment relationship problems.
Reasons for engaging a coach (for self or others)
- Nurturing high-potential individuals.
- Developing clarity about goals and plans.
- Creating strategies and action plans and following them through to completion.
- Identifying and addressing barriers that hold back development and performance.
- Developing insight into self and others.
- Developing skills, perspectives and ways of thinking that serve your values and goals.
What creates a great coaching relationship?
- Good chemistry. If the coach and client don’t “gel”, the client won’t get the full benefits from coaching. That’s why our first session is always on a no-obligation basis.
- Practical experience. A coach without battle-scars from experience in the “real world” has only theoretical knowledge, which limits the value they can bring. And when the client applies their learning in the “real world”, they reap the benefits.
- Curiosity. Expect to be asked lots of questions! A great coach will use questions to learn about your experiences, hopes, dreams and frustrations. They’ll also use them to help you uncover your own insights and inspiration for change. And they’ll be comfortable to answer the questions you have along the way.
- A willingness to sit with discomfort. Avoidance of discomfort halts progress in its tracks. The engaged coach is brave enough to ask challenging questions, and the committed client is brave enough to respond to them.
- Transparency and openness. What you keep hidden in the dark will trip you up. A credible coach demonstrates transparency and openness to establish and maintain trust, and a client who engages transparently and openly will get the most out of the coaching relationship.
- A learning orientation. A great coach will always be expanding their knowledge, and a great client comes to the coaching relationship ready to learn and grow.