Remember a time when coaching was primarily aimed at those who were looking for help to perform? Things are changing as a tough economic situation around us makes performance at work  come at a greater premium. We see coaching becoming increasingly popular across a wider spectrum of clientele.

Stephanie Sparrow writes on ” Coaching for Resilience ” in Training Zone  which speaks of newer trends. These include coaching people who have the task of laying off others, of coaching people to develop teams for higher visibility within the organisation and coaching people to build resilience- a most critical characteristic in difficult times.

I find that across the board, people see the need to share their anxieties at work with someone they can trust. Often an executive coach can play this role. Our challenge as coaches then lies in our ability get the person with the problem to own and accept the situation. Later we jointly develop strategies which the person can implement under guidance from the coach.