Coaching Offers Perspective, New Ways to Think and Change in Outlook (Opinion)

by stacey mason  on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 9:26 am  

Feedback-driven: Discussions have debriefing elements that point to gifts, potential blind spots, effective and ineffective behaviors, competencies and skill sets, business acumen, personal values, relationship components and stressors. It is often said that people are starving for feedback. But perhaps people are starving for “meaningful” feedback. There is a difference.

Insightful: Insights tend to present themselves as a result of the question-based, feedback-driven process. They are a point of transition, allowing for movement from the old reality to a new reality.

Now, why might you seek out a coaching relationship? In a word — perspective.

Most of us work and live in a routine environment. The landscape looks pretty much the same, day in and day out. Coaching is a chance to look up and see the world through a different lens.

There’s the old saying that suggests you may look up one day and see that your ladder is against the wrong wall. But you could also look up that same day and see that the ladder and the wall are the least of your worries — in fact, you’re supposed to take the footbridge across the stream. There is, after all, more than one way to traverse the terrain.

Coaching can offer a new perspective. A different way to think. A change in outlook.

Footnote: While coaching in itself is a rather structured process, the duration of each session, number of sessions in total and pricing components can all vary greatly. A coaching agreement is not to be entered into lightly, as it requires a healthy investment of time and resources for both parties.

Stacey Mason is the owner of Mason On Leadership, and uses insight, perspective, and humor to move people towards greater self-awareness and thought leadership. More information is available at



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