How coaching has added value to my life:
I came to coaching (and PSG) at a crossroads in my life.
In March 2017, I had left the company I worked with for 14 years. A good friend had advised not to jump straight back into work, but to take some time out to decide what to do next (In hindsight, it was some of the best advice I was ever given and thankfully I listened!). However, at 51, this was a scary prospect. I had been working without a break since I left school. I had followed a well-trodden and predictable path; I went to college, trained as an accountant, gained plenty of experience, worked my way up the corporate ladder, and accumulated many of the trappings of success. In many ways my work defined me.
So what next? After some reflection, I decided to use the time for some personal development. In my previous roles, I had begun to mentor members of my team, a role I enjoyed. So, I also looked for opportunities that would help develop these skills. I was aware of PSG and decided to attend one of the open nights in June 2017. What I liked about the syllabus was the balance of personal development and coaching, and having met Maureen and the team I decided to sign up for the September ’17 cohort.
It turned out that the PSG course was more than I ever expected; More Work, More Reading, More Study, and More Time commitment, but also More Enjoyment, More Fulfillment and most unexpectedly More Change than I had ever expected. Even at an early stage in the course, I was taken aback by the power of Coaching to evoke change in myself and the potential for coaching to evoke change in others. The structure of the course and the support of the Tutors facilitated and encouraged lots of self-reflection.
The Irony for me was that as a business executive I understood the importance of Strong Corporate Culture and the benefits being clear on the Corporate Purpose (Simon Sinek – “Start with the Why”), and while I had read extensively on the subject I never took the time to consider what I stood for; my Values, my Beliefs and my Propose.
Coaching had added value to my life at a Practical and Professional Level. It has helped me build a strong personal foundation; grounded on a clear set of Values (Head & Heart), Beliefs and Purpose. Coaching has enabled me to develop skills and adopted a set of tools that provide a framework to live my life and enable my career. Coaching has helped me understand the importance of being Present; To listen more and speak less. To be less judgmental and more inquisitive. To be more self-aware and considerate of others. To become aware of blind spots, my bias and my boundaries. Coaching shone a light for me on The Power of the Mind (I am therefore I Think) and of Growth Mindset.
The importance of My Wellbeing, the importance of Self-Regulation and of managing my Energy. Coaching has introduced me to a new way of thinking, it has improved my goal-setting, taught me about the importance of accountability and how strong support systems enables success. Coaching has helped me redefine my definition of success and I hope made me a better person.
It’s still very early days and I’ve lots more to learn. But I’m enjoying the journey and I am more content and happier than I have ever been!
Here’s a quote I’d like to share, ……
“Often a very old man has no other proof of his long life than his age”
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I live in Clondalkin, where I was born and went to school. I am married to Regina and we have two sons (23 & 27). I worked in Industry for 30 years, initially in the area of finance, but in later years I held various management roles. Today, my time is divided between Coaching and working as an Independent Director. My chosen area of coaching is to work with business executives, as I feel this is where I can add most value. In my spare time I like to keep fit, I am a member of the Esker Running Club and I am an active participant in Parkrun. I’m also a member of our local GAA club (Round Towers, Clondalkin) where I help out with our juvenile player (Le Cheile).
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