In this engaging conversation, Stephanie Licata, International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified master coach and Purpose & Performance Group’s VP of Executive Coaching Practice, joins Luke and Hannah to talk about what coaching is, what it isn’t and when is a good time to consider hiring a professional coach for yourself or your team.

Stephanie shares her inspirational story that began in Seattle in 2001, where she had an epiphany that she wasn’t making a difference in the world and became a teacher for a decade. While teaching Service Learning and Leadership, she got the business bug. From there, she started studying coaching, and a part-time coaching business followed. But then that hunger grew and her hunger to learn grew she began studying organizational psychology.

In today’s episode, Stephanie explains that the best way to understand coaching is to recognize what it’s not. There are many differences between coaching, counseling, consulting, and mentoring. For example, a mentor helps solve the problem. But a coach helps create a problem solver.

Hannah shares how almost everything that involves people can feel incredibly complex. The topic was covered in the first episode of the Magic In The Room podcast. We’re not machines, but we need to remember that our brains are the most complex machines. We are naturally complex, unpredictable, and messy, making it challenging for others to understand how and why we show up.

Coaching is a tool that can help us recognize your purpose, strengths, and where we need to focus our energy. But also discover what we are not, why we avoid things, and what is holding us back. A good coach can be an invaluable resource that can unlock game-changing personal breakthrough moments. Stephanie also reminds listeners that wherever there are humans, there’s a problem. We need to remember that its industry agnostic.

The inner workings of our human dynamics do not change in an industry. Sure, the dynamics can be very specific and even unique, but they all come from your staff. Once again, the same human dynamics that operate everywhere create cultures and influence performance. It’s not about the industry or what you do, it’s how humans operate within the organization. But for many leaders, soft skills are the hardest to learn.

Luke shares how his belief that when we think about coaching, whether it’s with individuals, teams or helping an entire organization, it’s actually about creating conversations and spaces in a shared understanding. It’s also about unlocking the hidden talent, genius, and creativity that lives inside every employee. Collectively, all of these elements organically improve relationships and culture within an organization.

In this podcast, both the host and the listeners learn when you should engage with a coach. But also understand the implications for an individual in an organization and how it can be an engaging and coaching conversation. Do you have any insights to share on the differences between coaching and mentoring after listening to this conversation?

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