Ever since Amanda McGranahan took The Art & Science of Coaching program from Erickson, her new coaching skills helped her to fundamentally change her approach to challenges, in and out of the office.
Today, working as a Regional Engagement Manager in a major multinational company, she’s part of a trend in companies to include coaching as a benefit to their staff. It’s turned her into a more effective executive – and in turn, she’s helping others reach their potential within the company.
“The company has invested in a select few within the company to take on the coaching role,” McGranahan explains. “Our coaches within the company work with their colleagues and peers to create a positive dynamic.” For up to 5% of a working month, she’s putting time aside to help them work out the aims and strategies that are going to move them forward in and out of work.
An earlier positive experience being on the receiving end of coaching helped spark a passion for moving into this field. “I was trying to find out what my next position would be within the company and a coach helped me determine what would be a good fit for a goal. From there, we connected the dots of what I needed to do in terms of networking training up on presentation skills and other pieces. When I saw how it benefited me, I realized this was something I wanted to do.”
As a trained coach, she now sees the skills she learned coming into whatever she does. “Even when I’m not in a coaching session, it has improved how I interact with colleagues and manage my time. For instance, I now ask more questions to make sure that we’re on the same page. You’re talking through things rather than coming in with a pre-conceived solution, which might not be the optimal one. You get people to think past roadblocks and open themselves up to other possibilities.”
And it’s not just limited to the workplace. “In the beginning, I didn’t fully understand how broadly the education would help me. It goes way beyond work, to conversations with my family and my husband.”
As many coaches have found, the skills you need to be a coach don’t just benefit people in a formal coaching environment. You get to apply these skills to any problem – leading to more opportunities for you all around.