By Karen Meager and John McLachlan (United Kingdom)

It seems that anyone who’s anyone has a Coach nowadays. And with good reason, working with a Coach can help you plan your career, make good decisions impacting your life, challenge your thinking and overcome obstacles that get in the way of you achieving your dream. The concept came from the sporting profession, people who had a coach were much more successful than those who trained alone. Most really successful people have had a coaching or use a Coach on a regular basis. Your success greatly depends on choosing both a good Coach and ones that’s right for you.

As experienced Coaches and Coaching Supervisors we want to promote the value of Coaching and continue to improve the quality of coaching offered. Clients and organisations have bad experiences because they have incompetent and poorly trained coaches. The problem is how do you know how to sift out the good from the bad and the ugly? The good news is it’s much easier when you are well informed.

Source: iCN Issue 17  (Life Coaching: The Power to Change Peoples Lives); pages 47-48

About the Authors

John and Karen are the authors of the highly acclaimed book Real Leaders for the Real World (£12.99, Panoma Press), and founders of Monkey Puzzle Training and Consultancy, a leading UK training company in NLP. Karen has an MBA specialising in strategy, financial strategy and human development. She is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist (DipNLPt), one of less than a handful of internationally accredited NLP Master Trainers, coach and leadership development specialist. John is one of less than a handful of internationally accredited NLP Master Trainers, a qualified therapist, clinical hypnotherapist, coach and leadership development specialist.