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"A goal without a plan is just a wish..." — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What is coaching?


Coaching is a widely recognised and powerful way of helping individuals explore their defined goals and ambitions, and then achieve them. SCMP doesn’t use coaching as a tool for managing "poor performance" or as a "corrective tool" used only when things have gone wrong. Coaching is a development tool and a means of releasing your full potential.

With a coach, you can explore what you want, why you want it, what might be stopping you getting it and how you can achieve it. In spite of common misconception coaching isn't just for the high-flyers, coaching is available to all staff at any level.

If you are an employee within a partner organisation of SCMP, coaching is completely free to you.

Is coaching for me?

The answer is, most probably. Coaching is especially useful in the workplace against a background of considerable organisational, social and economic change which brings both opportunities and challenges. It can be used:

  • As professional or personal development tool
  • For career transitions and work/ life balance
  • During organisational development activity
  • For improving relationships and engagement - with a colleague or key person
  • For career progression and goal setting
  • To develop problem solving and decision making skills.

"Ruth was an excellent Coach and I benefitted greatly from the coaching sessions at a time when my career took an unexpected new direction" — Lucy

"To be really honest, I didn’t expect that coaching would have the impact that it did. It gave me time to think and my Coach helped me to look at what I wanted to achieve in a different way. Without my Coach and our sessions I still wouldn’t know how to move forward." — Joanne

"I really struggled with managing my time, given current pressures at work and my personal commitments. Before coaching I found it almost impossible to strike a balance between the two. Finding that one hour to see my Coach every fortnight was one of the best things I ever did for myself. It helped figure out the rest of my time management issues. Everyone should get a Coach!" — Paul

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