If you want me to change the world, get me a coach!

I’ve worked in or around the non-government and voluntary sectors for over a decade. I’ve noticed that most people who work in these sectors do so with great passion and commitment. I’ve also heard people get called “self-sacrificing” because they work long hours and often get paid lower salaries than if they were doing a similar job or had similar levels of responsibility in the private sector. Sadly, with so much to do in the world, people often burn out. There was a study I heard about in the US that cited an average of 5 years’ work in the not-for-profit sector before people were burnt out – their energy, commitment and passion for changing the world used up and spat out.  Often, especially with smaller NGOs and charities, there isn’t enough money, or recognition of the need, for nurturing and developing talented, committed and passionate people. But if people are an organisation’s greatest asset, surely ways can be found to make sure those assets are used to their fullest potential through investing in their professional development. This would help prevent burn out and improve the efficiency of their performance. Other benefits for organisations are lower turnover, better performance, loyal, happier staff, better results in delivering your world changing agenda.

Instead of sending people on brief management or leadership development courses and calling that professional development, personalised one-to-one coaching can have an enormous and lasting impact upon the individual and the organisation. Extraordinary conversations with a dedicated coach enable you to raise your awareness about your own strengths and the way you can be more of yourself, do things differently and have more choice about your actions, work, career & life.

So here’s a rallying cry for you: “If you want me to change the world, get me a coach!”

If you’d like to learn more, contact me via Meridian Prime’s website: www.meridianprime.co.uk

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5 Responses to “If you want me to change the world, get me a coach!”

  1. Omar ViazcanJuly 1, 2008 at 6:58 pm #

    Hi Chris! nice to hear about the struggles for changing the world. Coaching and or mentoring. I agree, is a must!

    Maybe you’d like to watch my new vlog series: How to change the world without dying trying? at http://pajamasvlog.blogspot.com. I will introduce some of your ideas (on mentoring/coaching) in further posts. I’d love to read your comments.

  2. Mike ChittyJuly 6, 2008 at 12:00 pm #

    Interesting post.

    How did the world ever manage to change before the invention of coaching?

    Coaching is just one of many styles of supporting learning and is BY NO MEANS ESSENTIAL to changing the world.

    Learning however IS!
    Mike Chitty

  3. chrisgrieveJuly 7, 2008 at 6:48 pm #

    Hi Mike,
    I agree learning is essential to changing the world and that this can come in many forms not just coaching.

    I do believe that a powerful assist for people in learning about themselves and how to unleash some of their own potential, and my main point, not burning out, is to work with a coach.

  4. Mike ChittyJuly 8, 2008 at 5:31 am #

    In full agreement. Coaching is one powerful tool among many!
    I must admit to being concerned about the way that the coaching business is going though. It used to be a very practical tool that every manager could use to help their team members make progress. Increasingly it is becoming seen as an expensive luxury for senior management – or the first stage of capability procedures.

  5. chrisgrieveJuly 14, 2008 at 11:47 am #

    I wonder if the uses coaching is put to says more about organisations’ and businesses’ commitment to enriching the learning and development of their people and how they “buy” coaching, and less about the coaching profession itself.

    Coaching as a profession is coming along leaps and bounds and there is huge diversity in the offerings available. From external coaches, to internal coaches, to training and development programmes for managers as coaches.

    A great resource that has information and articles by a diverse range of practitioners and programme leaders is the Coaching at Work magazine: http://www.cipd.co.uk/coachingatwork This month’s has especially good articles about dealing with burnout, managers as coaches, and coaching for the health and wellbeing of your workers. Check it out.

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