The word ‘cognitive’ refers to mental processes; what you are thinking and what you believe. ‘Behaviour’ refers to what you do; how you act in relationships and other situations. So, what’s the link between cognitive behaviour, coaching and work?

You might have heard the saying ‘You are what you eat’, but we can adapt this to ‘You are what you think’. In studying cognitive behaviour and how we can apply this to coaching individuals and teams at work, we focus on a number of fundamental principles:

  1. The way we think determines how we feel, act and behave.
  2. How we think about what is happening around us is more important than what is actually happening around us.
  3. So, if it’s the thinking that matters, we need to first address how we are thinking about a situation, and not the situation itself.
  4. This is not positive thinking, but a thinking style that effectively tackles the voice in your head.

In coaching, one comes across various individual personalities, styles and capabilities. Yet, one thing that is common is that at times, we all go through instances of unhelpful thinking – some more than others.

The beauty of coaching and where it differs from training is that coaching does not present itself with a one-glove-fits-all approach. On the other hand, it addresses the various individual needs of the business leader, manager or employee, which in coaching terms is referred to as the coachee. Through conversation, a coach can help the coachee challenge and reframe any styles of unhelpful thinking that might be hindering what could be an effective way forward.

After all, coaching is present and future based, with a solution-focused approach, and the reality is that as humans, we tend to create problems from problems. A coach brings no judgment and steers away from the natural instinct to fix things but holds up the mirror to support self-reflection, and the way we think is a great place to start.

Related

Resting / Pexels

Getting some well-needed rest: A reminder to switch off outside of work

22 September 2023
by Fabrizio Tabone

This does not entail slowing down your productivity, but it concerns setting boundaries between personal life and work.

Reach new heights: 6 key strategies to accelerate business growth

20 September 2023
by Fabrizio Tabone

Growth is an ongoing process that business leaders have to work hard towards and be patient with.

6 ways business leaders can instil a culture of creativity within their teams

19 September 2023
by Fabrizio Tabone

At the heart of it, business leaders need to focus on fostering their team’s creativity, rather than simply relying on ...

How to prioritise tasks when everything is important

18 September 2023
by Fabrizio Tabone

Effective prioritisation can help establish the areas of focus that really matter.

Close Bitnami banner
Bitnami