In This Chapter
Taking a mindful approach to coaching
Looking at practical ways to coach with mindfulness
Introducing mindful coaching using top-down and bottom-up approaches
Most medium- to large-sized organisations now offer coaching for their staff. The reason is simple – coaching is one of the most effective ways of achieving staff development. Even Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has a coach; as he says, all great performers and athletes have a coach – and the same should go for executives looking to improve their performance.
Business and executive coaches are increasingly integrating mindfulness into their approach. The early adopters practised mindfulness for many years before the emergence of supporting research gave them the confidence to openly introduce the techniques to their clients. Nowadays, as mindfulness goes mainstream, we find that business coaches are approaching us to help them incorporate the techniques in their own work. Offering ways to help clients fulfil their potential is what coaches are all about, so their own mastery of the techniques creates a win–win situation!