From the coachee
We are very grateful towards all of you (APAC Coaches) for extending this kind of invaluable service to us.
Thank you very much for the time you have spent with me. I appreciate your patience in putting up with my postponing the sessions. Initially, I was apprehensive that coaching could help, thinking that I have been with the Home Nursing Foundation for a long time and that there was no need for improvement or change. Subsequently, I realised that coaching is actually very different. It is very effective and should be extended to other Volunteer Welfare Organisation (VWO), other home nursing. Prior to my session with you I was unaware how inspirational coaching can be.
Lim Watt Choon, Deputy nurse manager, Home Nursing Foundation, Singapore
From the coach
Today ended my six coaching sessions with XXX, she is a great coachee. I did tell her that I am more than happy to have a phone chat to follow up some of the actions set for future, may be once a month…
The experience has been beneficial for both of us, I want to thank you for all your great effort in making this possible.
Coaching XXX in her meaningful work over the past two months was one of the most rewarding coaching I have done...it is a real gift for me...thank you !
Daisy Tse, Beijing
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A Coaching Journey
I found the following in my Inbox and was intrigued: ‘Why are we providing coaching to NGOs free of charge which otherwise cost thousands of HK dollars per hour basis?
Because we want more small to medium sized NGO leaders to experience the power of coaching, a tool of growing importance. And we believe that by enhancing the effectiveness of leaders, in turn, they will create an even bigger impact to the community they serve.
We also believe that the most powerful coaching arrangement ideally starts from the leadership team of the organization. And the success of coaching is highly depending on the willingness and the commitment of the selected coachees’
I was intrigued mainly because as the Director of the Samaritans I have always strived to be the very best I can be. But being at the ‘helm’ can be a lonely place without a sounding board or a reality check.
I wasn’t really sure what I was going to talk about because of the confidential relationship we have with our callers. Nothing that transpires between us is ever spoken of outside Samaritans. That is the rock on which Samaritans stand and to me confidentiality is the overriding principle that cannot be bowed
But I thought even if I don’t know quite what I am going to talk about, this is an amazing gift. Someone is willing to listen to me and guide me. So I said Yes Please.
I met Sally at the petrol station and as we drove to the Centre I knew that I was in the hands of a capable, caring, trustworthy and delightful person.
Sally always challenges me. She asks questions like “Is that open to negotiation?” “If not how are you going to accomplish your goals?” Indeed what are your goals? She referred me to people who had been in similar circumstances to get their take on the challenge. I particularly liked the way she doesn’t allow me to dwell on things that hadn’t gone as well as I had hoped and said “We are at this point here and this is the way forward” So no wasted discussion on what might have been. She was particularly inspiring when I was beginning to feel weighed down. ‘You can do it’ she said ‘you’re bright’ I was amazed at what confidence she had in me and as a result I had confidence in myself and renewed energy.
So what is coaching? To me it is a two person discussion on identifying goals and owning them. At looking at the possibilities and options. At being gently guided not bamboozled. Being challenged to look at what can be achieved.
I was able to achieve something which I really doubted I could do. But with inspiration, ground work and preparation, calmly being able to gather my thoughts and present them succinctly I was able to achieve that goal.
Could I have done it without Sally’s coaching, guidance and belief in me I am not sure. Perhaps but I am sure I couldn’t have coped so well.
If anyone asks me the value of the pro bono coaching I have received I would say it is priceless. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity to grow and develop.
Liz Chamberlain, CEO of The Samaritans, 24 Hour Multi-Lingual Suicide Prevention Services, Hong Kong