For me, my work as a coach, and my experiences as a coachee, are all about growth and personal development. Indeed, I have mentioned in previous blogs that I regularly use the GROW model to guide my coaching work and personal reflections, an acronym which clearly indicates a focus on ‘growth’ as being a key part of development. 

The concept of ‘growth’ has obvious links to nature, particularly to plants, something which I was reminded of in the garden of our new house where over the spring new buds started to sprout where nothing had previously existed. As we had no idea what had been planted by the previous owners it was exciting to watch as each plant grew without really knowing what to expect. 

Watching this process also made me think of my coaching work, where I enjoy watching the coaching journey of my coachees, not really knowing where we might end up. In particular, watching the plant in the photos grow was exciting because we didn’t recognise it and didn’t know what to expect. Watching its growth was an excellent reminder that amazing things can grow from something seemingly small and insignificant. 

Growth within nature is a natural process reliant on the weather, soil and other elements of the environment the plant is in whereas growth within the coaching process is more manufactured. It’s useful, however, to remember that in the workplace our environment plays a key role in our performance and how we feel about our work, and that the coaching environment a coach creates plays a big role in helping the coachee develop.

Although my interest in the growth of this flower was sparked by curiosity as to what it was and what it might look like, the wider reflections it made me consider about my coaching work are a useful reminder about what the concept of growth is generally. It also made me reflect on how important it is to sit back and watch, providing a supportive coaching environment but without trying to direct the end result and outcome. After all as the owner of the garden I can provide the right environment for the flower to thrive but it was always going to be the same type of flower and nothing I did would have changed its colour or type. The same applies to my coachees, it’s not for me to try and make them into something but simply for me to provide them the environment to be the best they can be. 

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