Using coaching to discover your potential
What might you be able to achieve by working with Emerge Veterinary Coaching? Virtually anything could be a coaching goal and working out your coaching topic is a key starting point. Some people start by knowing what they don’t want and that’s good too as your coach will help you reframe and move forward.
What if coaching could get you a new job or map out your next career move? How about making a significant life choice or helping you get over a chronic confidence issue? Would that be useful?
Often the thing you want to achieve can seem big and overwhelming and you don’t know where to start. Coaching could break it down into manageable chunks and get you moving forward.
Coaching can clarify how you feel about your choices by generating deep insights into your current reality, possible options and enable you to make big steps forward.
It can also change perspectives on your current situation, enabling you to see new avenues for progress or opportunities to get out of that rut you’re in.
Sometimes coaching serves up a surprise and you make huge leaps forward in a direction that’s not quite what you expected at the start.
Coaching is goal and future oriented, so your achievement comes from your goal. Some people have very specific goals when they start coaching, for example, get a new job, climb a mountain or win a race.
Just as many people start coaching knowing that they need to fix ‘something’, get ‘unstuck’ or build confidence rather than having a goal in mind. A great coach will take these ideas and notions and, using various tools and techniques, help the client find a goal out of their situation. The goal still remains the client’s own, it’s not given by the coach, but the coach has helped the client formulate a plan and actions to move forward towards a better future version of themselves.
Here are examples of where Emerge Veterinary coaching has been able to help people achieve their goals. Names and details have been changed to protect client-coach confidentiality.
Andrea had been identified by her employer as having a communication problem. I worked with Andrea for three months starting with a DISC profile. She’s an extrovert character, always loud and energetic whilst also being very task oriented and direct. Her potential is to be a whirlwind in the practice, to overlook the people in the pursuit of finishing tasks and to be frustrated by the slower pace of more thoughtful and reserved team mates.
By raising her awareness of her communication preferences and exploring how she could modify her approach to reflect the needs of the wider team, we’ve been able to prepare her for the next stage in her career; a move into a senior vet role.
John built a small group of very successful practices over 20 years. He’s recently sold them to a corporate consolidator and is working out what to do next. The clinical director role he’s inherited is a real challenge, after all it was his clinic and his decisions are no longer his own. He’s too young to retire and needs to channel his energy otherwise his wife will go mad.
This is common for later career vets and is often accompanied by a degree of guilt for selling their life’s work and team to a corporate. The challenge could be to find new purpose and meaning in life once the practice is sold. How do you continue to contribute after selling out?
Using a technique called the wheel of life, John and I were able to map out the essential elements of Johns life, such as finance, health, friends and family. The technique asks you to assess your current satisfaction with each element and then identify where imbalances may exist. For John, we identified that his friendships had suffered over the years of hard work building the clinic group. I helped him create a vision of where he wanted his friendships to be at this stage of his life. John crafted a plan to reconnect, digitally and physically with his friends and I’m excited to see how he’s rediscovered a part of his life.
Georgie is early in career. She’s an accomplished small animal clinician with six years in practice but she’s stuck in a rut and cannot picture the rest of her career in practice. She knows she wants out of clinical practice but hasn’t got the first clue what she’d like to do instead.
Fast forward six months and Georgie is now a technical advisor for a veterinary supplies company. During her coaching programme, Georgie and I worked through her transferable skills, defined the characteristics of her ideal job and researched options for vets outside of practice. That enabled her to identify an industry role in a company whose culture matched her values. In her final coaching session, I helped her prepare for her interview, so she walked in confident, well prepared and with a great chance of being offered the job.
Whatever outcome you need, book a free coaching exploration with Emerge Veterinary Coaching and let’s see if we can unlock your potential.