I first came across the word coaching in a learning and development context in 1999. I used to conduct a program called Professional Sales Coaching- a program to help sales managers to coach their team members to achieve their targets. It was always very well received. I also used to facilitate a workshop called Coaching for Results, a GE program for employees at Genpact. These workshops taught me the basics of coaching. Since then my knowledge and understanding has expanded.
In 2009, I started using coaching as a tool to embed the learning from my workshop. It worked extremely well for workshops on Presence and presentation skills where I coached participants to become better at speaking in public. In 2011, I completed my certification as a coach through Leadership That Works. It was a transformative experience for me. I learnt about the power of coaching and the contribution that a skilled and well intentioned coach can make to the holistic growth and development of a client. Coaching is a philosophy. It is a conversation that can change lives for the better.
Over the past few years I have enjoyed every coaching interaction. I have grown along with my clients. I find that I am less judgmental and more compassionate.After almost 600 hours of coaching, I am fully convinced that this is one of the best ways to transform individuals and organizations.