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Unlocking Professional Excellence How Erickson Coaching Transforms Careers

AUTHOR: Erickson Coaching International
DATE: 16 October 2023

In the pursuit of career growth and excellence, we often stumble upon opportunities that can reshape our professional journey in ways we never imagined. One such transformative experience is Erickson Coaching, a comprehensive coaching program that equips individuals with an array of powerful tools and techniques. While many might assume that coaching is primarily for those looking to become coaches themselves, the reality is quite different. In this post, we explore the profound impact of Erickson Coaching on working professionals who are not pursuing a career as a coach. The insights shared by our alumni highlight the surprising ways in which coaching skills have elevated their careers.

  1. The Power of "As If" Frame Tactics

As a counselor, I've found one particularly remarkable tool from Erickson Coaching: the "As If" frame. The "As If" frame encourages professionals like me to guide clients in envisioning a future beyond their past setbacks and current challenges. This forward-focused perspective is immensely empowering for individuals who may be feeling stuck or overwhelmed by their past experiences. The "As If" frame helps unlock previously untapped potential and resources. My clients often discover strengths and capabilities they were unaware of, which is a transformative and confidence-boosting experience. 

  1. Prioritization Wheel for Project Management

As a project manager, the prioritization wheel from Erickson Coaching has become an invaluable asset in my toolkit. This simple yet highly effective tool has had a profound impact on my role. The prioritization wheel offers a straightforward and visual representation of project priorities. This clarity has helped my project team understand what needs to be addressed first, second, and so on. It's like a compass that guides us through the project journey. By using the prioritization wheel, we align individual and collective goals. It promotes a shared understanding of what matters most and where efforts should be concentrated. 

  1. Logical Levels in the Role of a Scrum Master

As a Scrum Master, I've found that Erickson Coaching's insights into logical levels have been a game-changer. Teams in a Scrum environment often consist of individuals operating at different logical levels. Some may be focused on tactical tasks, while others are thinking more strategically. Erickson Coaching has equipped me with the ability to understand these varying levels of operation within the team. Armed with this knowledge, I can bridge the gap between team members operating at different logical levels. This is crucial for promoting effective collaboration and ensuring that everyone is on the same page. It minimizes misunderstandings and enhances overall team communication. 

  1. The Coach Position in Sales

As a sales advisor, the "coach position" encourages me to approach client interactions with a neutral mindset. Instead of diving into a sales pitch, I focus on understanding the client's unique needs and challenges. This neutrality allows me to build trust and rapport with the client. Rather than leading with a sales agenda, I prioritize understanding the client's perspective. This approach aligns perfectly with the coaching principle of active listening and empathetic communication. The "coach position" has enabled me to meet clients where they are in their decision-making process. Whether they are just exploring options or ready to make a purchase, I adapt my approach accordingly. This flexibility ensures that I provide value and solutions tailored to the client's current situation. 

  1. Embracing a Solution-Focused Approach

As an executive, my role is not just about my own performance but also about leading and empowering my team. The solution-focused approach has equipped me with the tools to encourage my team members to think proactively, collaborate, and find solutions independently. This shift has reduced the need for micromanagement and created a more self-reliant and motivated team.

  1. Listening and Asking Powerful Questions

As an HR manager, I've learned how to ask powerful questions that can unlock valuable insights and encourage meaningful dialogue. These questions go beyond the surface and prompt individuals to reflect and share their thoughts more openly. This skill has been invaluable in my HR practice, where understanding employees' needs and concerns is essential.

The story of how Erickson Coaching has impacted the careers of working professionals is a testament to the versatility and power of coaching skills. These tools and techniques not only enhance individual performance but also create positive ripples throughout the workplace. Whether you're a project manager, a Scrum Master, or a salesperson, the skills acquired through Erickson Coaching can be a transformative force in your career. The journey doesn't end with a coaching certification; it's just the beginning of a new, more effective chapter in your professional life.

Are you using coaching skills in your role? We'd love to hear your story. Reach out to us and share your experience.