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Why the world needs more coaches

Especially these days!

“Really though?” — by Leon Pawelzik, 2019

In 2016, I made the decision to move out of corporate life and into freelance consulting, focusing on employee engagement and team development.

I also made a decision to offer professional career coaching, as well as motivation coaching, to understand motives and where an individual gets their energy.

Like many readers, I confess, I too, question the need for yet another coach when the marketplace is flooded with them — life coaches, business coaches, performance coaches, skills coaches, public speaking coaches — what does the world need with another coach?

Then I embraced the idea, and here’s why.

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People feel disconnected

We are becoming increasingly disconnected as technology advances, and the pandemic and social isolation did not help. Disconnection has reached new and unparalleled heights. We could argue the positive or negative aspects of this, but the fact is it is happening. Technological advancement is not slowing down. Another critical world event, like another pandemic, could come again.

We now feel more comfortable conversing through social media and virtually than meeting in person. Even when an in-person meeting takes place, we are likely to see all the attendees paying more attention to their phones than each other. We sit behind our desks, answer emails, and stare at screens disengaged and disillusioned, only to go home and watch Netflix until bedtime.

The skill for developing deep and meaningful relationships is dissipating, and with it, our ability to understand ourselves, understand our emotions or connect with the world around us.

People need people

The danger is that if we do not find a way to feel useful or engaged at work, we don’t feel connected, and this can damage our personal lives as well.

As the feeling of disconnection increases, one thing persists, the human desire to feel useful, engaged, and connected. We have a plethora of information at our fingertips and infinite opportunities available to us, yet it seems increasingly difficult to determine what to do with ourselves, how to fulfil a purpose or add value in some meaningful way.

Coaching is a personalised tool conducted with another human being who can help you figure out how to do that.

“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, and has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you can be.” — Tom Landry