When it was announced that the company was investing in training in coaching skills, I was really quite excited about taking part in it. I confess that I had only a vague idea of what coaching might be — something about inspiring people to achieve their full potential — and no idea about how to go about it.
Up until August 2014, I was a research scientist, working in a laboratory and studying the molecular mechanisms underlying cell growth and division – a career that my 18 years of education and training had perfectly prepared me for. I’m now a project leader at a publishing company, editing, proofreading and writing a variety of materials, and helping to train other members of staff – a career that I have no formal qualifications or training for. How did all this come about in the last four and a half years?
When the directors asked the managers and project leaders to undertake a coaching course, I don’t suppose any of us knew what we were letting ourselves in for. We certainly had little idea of what coaching is. It is easy to think of it as much the same thing as training. However, think of trains and coaches. Trains run … Read More