In these Mastermind interviews, we invite professional coaches to share their journey, what they do and their tips and tricks to help you to be At Your Best.
Chunk Shek talks about what is life coaching and share with us what he recommends to his clients during the social distancing we face doe to Covid-19.
In this article you will learn:
What is the coaching journey
The difference between a Life Coach and a psychologist
Chun Shel recommendations to his client to cope with the Covid-19 situation
Chun Shek Chan is a life coach and a corporate trainer. He focuses on developing the knowledge, the skills, the mindset and the attitudes for leadership and management and modern-day workers. A large part of his time is focus on young professional who just started their career and who are stepping from individual contributor to team manager level finding themselves struggling to make that transition from being just working on their own tasks to managing the task of a whole team.
Chun Shek coaching approach to help his clients is twofold:
As a trainer, he plant seeds in the minds of his clients hoping that some of those seeds would grow into actions that will help them to change the way they think, the way they do things and the way they manage their teams.
As a coach, he thinks of himself as a searcher. He would go into the minds of his clients with a search light and start shining into different corners. Chun Shek will dig up some of the tools that is already in their minds and say, Hey, can you use this? Is this useful, right? And they'll be like, “oh, okay, actually, I could make use of some of this”.
What is coaching?
Coaching starts with a chemistry session. This is where the coach and the coachee try to see if they're good fits for each other and whether they can open up themselves, to each other, to work together.
“These are some of the ideas that have been in your mind ... You may have been ignoring them in the past, but hey, I'm going to help you work them" - Chun Shek Chan
The next steps during Chun Shek coaching vary from person to person but a lot of times it is finding out what are some of the facilities that are already in his client minds. It is like Fitness coaches. They show you exercises that you can practice to become stronger and healthier. A life coach would say, “these are some of the ideas that have been in your mind. You may have been ignoring them in the past, but hey, I'm going to help you work them. I'm going to help you figure out a way to exercise these parts of your mind so that you can become stronger and better and fitter with how you see yourself in work, in family, in life”.
The length of coaching relationship with Chun Shek varies, but typically, it falls anywhere between three to six months. It's a rather short period of time. Just like you probably won't see a fitness coach for an extended period of time. You learn some of the skills that you were missing in the past and then you move on. It shouldn't really be a long process because then it becomes a different kind of relationship afterwards.
On the difference between Life coach and psychologist:
Some people are confused by the difference between a . Chun Shek considers that the fitness coach is a good parallel to use to illustrate this difference. A healthy person, a person who is not sick, would see a fitness coach to become stronger and healthier. But if you're already sick, you would go see a doctor, right? If you want to become better at different aspects of your life, you can find yourself a life coach. However, if you're you are struggling with, emotional or mental issues that may be pathological in nature, it may be better for you to go see a psychiatrist or a psychologist to help resolve that first.
On the Covid-19 situation
Do we really need to make our life so complicated or can we turn our lives a little bit simpler - Chun Shek Chan
A lot of us are working from home practicing social distancing. Chun Shek advises people to spend more time to think. Do we really need to make our life so complicated or can we turn our lives a little bit simpler? What are some of the things that are just excess in our lives that we don't need? What are your purposes? What are your motivations? What am I doing?
Are there anything else on your bucket list that you really want to do? Chun Shek Chan
If you feel yourself in a rut for your work or whatever life situation that you're in, this is probably a very good opportunity for you to think about what are your priorities and what would you like to do with your life once we get through this pandemic, once we get through this period of social distancing. Are there anything else on your bucket list that you really want to do? Now it's a good time to pause, think about it, and maybe with the help of a coach, identify the steps that could get you on the way to achieve that.
Chun Shek Chan interview was recorded on March 28st 2020 and is available in replay HERE
If you want are interested by life coaching and you are looking for a life coach, or if you want to get in touch to get in touch with Chun Shek, you can contact him through his Linkedin account - HERE