Coaching in the traditional sense is set in the here and now. A client will present a situation and the coach will help them to find solutions using their skills. The problem was treated but not the symptom. NeuroCoaching addresses this head on.
‘The brain is ‘tool of prediction.’ In microseconds it predicts the outcome of a future event based on what happened the previous time a similar event occurred. The problem is that the recollection or memory may be distorted or wrong. Memory can be mis-remembered, especially if it is from an experience a long time in the past. NeuroCoaching helps to broaden a client’s conscious cognitive awareness and not to rely on their brain’s immediate assumptions. Usual ways of thinking can be challenged, and old thought patterns can be interrupted. A re-wiring takes place to overlay a new way of thinking and acting to usurp the old ways. In doing so a client has tools at hand to be a better operator, leader and manager in their workplace’.
In traditional coaching, a client would likely be set goals in their first session. In NeuroCoaching, a client will talk about their life history first. I am trained to pick up signals about what a client says and what they don’t. Their story often offers up big clues about how someone sees life and their own decision making. I’m qualified to help a client understand how something in their past is affecting their behaviour today and how it can be addressed. Typically, after three sessions we begin to set goals to test and challenge old ways of thinking.
Don’t confuse NeuroCoaching with therapy, it isn’t. The purpose of my work is to help people be better leaders and managers in the workplace. If in the course of our work a trauma is unearthed, I will signpost a client to other people who can help them.
My work helps a client to see a connection between a present day event response e.g. the need to do a set-piece presentation, and past experiences. In short, blame the brain!