In this next short article I want to look at how to raise awareness in the client by facilitating their learning and thus getting results. To be able to do this you need to listen carefully and gather as much information about your client as possible. Understanding your client's needs and concerns is essential, in your role as the coach, to help the client gain their own self-awareness and then achieve the goals which have been agreed.
We often have clients who may express concerns about succeeding. You can reframe these thoughts - for example, when they say, 'I can't do this', you might say, 'You can't do that yet but you will be able to if you ……………'. This helps them identify their underlying concerns and what is stopping them moving forward. It is their thoughts and feelings that often get in the way of them taking action.
As coaches, we are looking to help clients discover for themselves new positive thought patterns by selling beliefs that will strengthen their ability to take action and achieve their goals. When we communicate with passion and belief it helps to inspire commitment and is part of the process in shifting their viewpoints and finding new possibilities for action. If we can help the client to see how their thoughts, emotions, beliefs and opinions affect their behaviours we may help them gain insight in how to change their behaviour.
You can help this process by focusing on their strengths and using those strengths to motivate their continual learning. Sometimes, when training, trivial issues get in the way of the more significant issues - this may be because certain situations trigger certain behavioural responses in our clients. Like, being first in the queue at the traffic lights with an uphill start and they are just waiting for a car horn to sound to go into meltdown. Being aware of their body language and inspiring them to have positive thoughts in their own ability to rely on their previous knowledge and skill will build their confidence so they can apply these skills to the new situation. Celebrating their success when they handle the situation will also reinforce the learning.
Of course I am aware that you may do this already but I find it useful sometimes to be reminded of what I am supposed to be doing so as I can reflect on my own performance and look to improve as we all have those moments with clients that have lacked self belief and they can challenge us even at the best of times.
Good luck with your coaching and if you are interested in improving your skills then our BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development maybe the course for you.
My next article will look at designing actions to create opportunities for ongoing learning.
Government launches Road to Zero Strategy to lead the world in zero emission vehicle technology
Government confirms ambition to see at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030 as Road to Zero Strategy released.
Published 9 July 2018
Department for Transport, Office for Low Emission Vehicles, and The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
The strategy sets out ambition for at least 50% — and as many as 70% — of new car sales to be ultra low emission by 2030, alongside up to 40% of new vans
government will take steps to enable massive roll-out of infrastructure to support electric vehicle revolution
strategy sets the stage for the biggest technology advancement to hit UK roads since the invention of the combustion engine
The government has confirmed its ambition to see at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030 as part of plans to make the UK the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle.
The proposals are outlined in the Road to Zero Strategy, which sets out plans to enable a massive expansion of green infrastructure across the country, reduce emissions from the vehicles already on the UK’s roads, and drive the uptake of zero emission cars, vans and trucks.
Together, the measures will put the UK at the forefront of a global revolution in motoring and help to deliver cleaner air, a better environment and a strong clean economy.
The Road to Zero Strategy will help the government to achieve key elements of its modern Industrial Strategy — leading the industries of the future and building the UK’s competitiveness in the face of major global economic trends.
And the government will further look to prepare for and capitalise on the opportunities which will arise from the profound changes in how people, goods and services move around the country through its ‘Future of mobility grand challenge’.
As set out in the government’s Air quality plan, the UK will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. The Road to Zero Strategy will build on this commitment and outlines how government will work with industry to support achieving this.
The government will work alongside industry, businesses, academia, consumer groups, devolved administrations, environmental groups, local government and international partners to enable the deployment of one of the best electric vehicle infrastructure networks in the world and prepare for a greener future for the UK’s roads.
Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, said:
The coming decades are going to be transformative for our motor industry, our national infrastructure and the way we travel. We expect to see more change in the transport sector over the next 10 years than we have in the previous century.
We are expecting our economy and society to experience profound change, which is why we have marked the Future of mobility as one of the 4 grand challenges as part of our modern Industrial Strategy.
The Road to Zero Strategy sets out a clear path for Britain to be a world leader in the zero emission revolution - ensuring that the UK has cleaner air, a better environment and a stronger economy.
The government‘s mission, as part of the modern Industrial Strategy, is to put the UK at the forefront of an industry that is estimated to be worth up to £7.6 trillion per year by 2050.
The Road to Zero Strategy is technology neutral and does not speculate on which technologies might help to deliver the government’s 2040 mission. The government has no plan to ban any particular technology - like hybrids - as part of this strategy.
The government has already committed to investing £1.5 billion in ultra low emission vehicles by 2020 and the Road to Zero Strategy outlines a number of ambitious measures including:
a push for chargepoints to be installed in newly built homes, where appropriate, and new lampposts to include charging points, potentially providing a massive expansion of the plug-in network
the launch of a £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund to help accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructure by providing funding to new and existing companies that produce and install charge points. The request for proposal to appoint a fund manager will be launched in the summer
creating a new £40 million programme to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology
providing up to £500 for electric vehicle owners to put in a charge point in their home through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. And an increase in the value of grants available to workplaces to install chargepoints so people can charge when they are at work
the extension of the Plug-In Car and Van Grants to at least October 2018 at current rates, and in some form until at least 2020, allowing consumers to continue to make significant savings when purchasing a new electric vehicle
the launch of an Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce to bring together the energy and automotive industries to plan for the increase in demand on energy infrastructure that will result from a rise in the use of electric vehicles
The initiatives will set the stage for the mass uptake of ultra low emission vehicles. The government is also taking powers through the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill to ensure chargepoints are easily accessed and used across the UK, available at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers and will be smart ready.
The government expects the transition to be led by industry and consumers and a review of the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles will take place in 2025 to consider what interventions are required if not enough progress is being made.
The UK will be hosting the world’s first Zero Emission Vehicle summit this year in Birmingham. This event will bring together policy makers, industry experts and opinion formers from around globe to tackle carbon emissions and to explore ways to improve air quality.
We are creating a new £40 million programme to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology. UK business can apply for innovation grants to design, develop and deploy innovative electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
We are also announcing the winners of the 14th Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation competition. The winners have been awarded a share of a £20 million pot to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles, with a focus on innovative low carbon HGV technologies.
There are already more than 150,000 ultra-low emission vehicles on British roads and the UK is already leading the way in research, engineering and design, a skilled and flexible labour force and a welcoming business environment.