Everyday Coaching Opportunities

Leanne Chan

As a professional coach, I often view coaching as a fairly formal activity—
I set time aside in my calendar to have coaching sessions, to have buddy coaching
practice, and to navigate and research coaching-related information. However,
one day when my 18-year-old daughter asked me a question, I discovered that
I’d been missing the coaching opportunities presented to me in everyday

My daughter was struggling with a difficult decision: after a rigorous interview
process, she was offered an impressive opportunity, but was anxious about whether
or not she should take it. She wasn’t sure if it would ultimately benefit
her future career. Distracted by a project, my answer to her was, “Follow
your interest and passion,” then I returned to my work. My daughter fell
into a deep thought and looked even more lost. I was suddenly aware that I hadn’t
helped her at all.

“What is a mother?” I asked myself. As a professional coach, why
did I miss that this situation could benefit from coaching insight? Within our
daily conversations, my daughter and I discuss everything from academics to
personal interests. By taking advantage of the interactions I have with my two
young adults at home, I can make coaching part of my everyday routine. Most
importantly, I can improve the quality of my interactions and strengthen our

I put off all my work immediately, quieting the thoughts in my head and turning
away from the notebook, and gave my full attention to my daughter. My girl needed
guidance and support not just from her mother, but from an attentive coach.
After giving her my undivided respect, conscientiousness, and interest, she
was able to clear out her puzzles and move forward.

In this incident, I figured out how to shift my everyday interactions into coaching
moments. Not necessary all interactions are coaching opportunities, but many
of them can extend beyond our routine and enhance our lives in many ways. Be
sure to look for these opportunities everywhere: in careers, academics, or even
within relationships with family and friends.

Leanne ChanLeanne
Chan, ACC (ICF) is President of IAC HK Chapter, career & campus
coach serving both on college campus and in corporations campus leveraging
her years’ of corporate HR and talent management experience
plus her interest in young people’s aspirations. Recent years
developing her career, performance and leadership coaching skills
with a view to helping young adults, mid-career and expatriates professionals
to unleash their potentials and achieving greater performance through
understand self, situations and systems and leveraging on new insights
and knowledge to enhance personal, inter-personal and organizations

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