Detailing with the stresses and strains of today’s international business environment can be a daunting task for many over-worked executives. Mental Fitness has a unique method that is helping many.
For many the challenges of today’s highly competitive international business world can be an overly draining experience—just maintaining your position in the company hierarchy, achieving longed for promotion, managing relocation and finding your niche in a new workplace, or restarting your life after a broken relationship, often produces unexpected pressures and strains. In Switzerland there is no lack of stressed executives and professionals, which is why the highly successful way of dealing with such issues through “life coaching” is becoming so popular.
Facing career-related and relationship problems
People generally seek out life coaching with career-related problems, frequently impacted by important personal issues. Often they are at a crossroads in their lives. Given our broad business backgrounds, we are able to easily identify with their problems and help them clarify issues and define that next step.
How does life coaching work?
Mental Fitness’ sphere of intervention is broad but carefully honed towards specific issues such as: professional difficulties, relationships, self-confidence, time management, decision-making, self-image, understanding of the past, age, love life, and day-to-day life.
Changes can often be hard-won in life as the world has a way of re-asserting its grip on you. This is why Mental Fitness track the changes through what we call Power Mapping (developed from the work of psychologist David Smail in Sheffield, UK). This enables us to see what it is about a person’s life that is blocking their ability to move forward and to help people work through these issues. Interestingly, people often overlook all the things they have going for them.
The most important aspect of Power Mapping is that it raises peoples’ perspectives. The Power Map assesses what will give strength to peoples’ lives, and issues that manifest themselves in some form of liability, issues that will be causing distress, concern or dissatisfaction.”
Power Mapping new – and better – perspectives
The segments within each of the four main quadrants (Home and Family Life; Social Life; Personal Resources; Material Resources) have been chosen in accordance with what frequently seems important to people. However, there is nothing sacrosanct about this choice, and the situation could, obviously, vary from person to person.
The segments may be regarded as positive assets or as negative liabilities, and each one may be treated as a simple rating scale ranging from -3 to +3.
For example, if ‘relationship’ is or had been a strongly destructive influence on the person’s life, it would be rated as -3 (in which case the segments could be filled in in red, as above), whereas if ‘friends’ is or had been, say, a fairly strong positive support, this segment could be filled out as +1, again as above).
Though extremely simple, the flexibility of the Power Map is clearly considerable. From the viewpoint of the individual person what is important is the extent to which the client can modify negative influences or acquire positive powers.
Charting a new perspective
Clients have often said, ‘I didn’t realize this issue was causing me concern, but now I know why I feel like I do.’ It is also probable that they didn’t realize the extent of the distress certain issues were causing them, so the improvements they gain are evident.
The primary purpose of the consultation process is to evaluate sources of difficulty and establish goals for change and a clear action plan. The Power Map helps to quickly identify these and, by re-evaluating these throughout the course of the consultations, we plot clients’ evolution through the coaching process. The outcome is that clients realize their assets and develop the resources to change things, thereby creating more equilibrium in their lives.