Coach’s look – Yohann Orieux
BIRDS Coaching presents a Coach’s view every month. Our goal is to introduce you to our Coaches and their expertise.
This month, interview d’Yohann Orieux, Certified Professional Coach
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR COACHING METHODS
I discovered my passion for change management early in my career.
At the time, I was delivering trainings in banks for people switching from a MAC to a PC. The changes in their habits were so significant that I saw people totally lost:
“What to do with a two-button mouse when I’ve always used only one button!?”
Since then, I took on the mission of providing people with what they really need to cope with the changes. Since nothing is permanent except change, opportunities to learn are everywhere!
From developing adoption plans for IT projects to supporting managers through organizational and cultural transformations, I have acquired a solid expertise in coaching.
With the different roles I’ve played (coach, consultant, HR manager, project manager, trainer, facilitator), I feel like I’ve had several different and complementary lives (and my wrinkles are only because I smile a lot!).
What fulfills me is helping teams and individuals make the changes they want by stimulating them with a meaningful, enthusiastic and pragmatic approach. My drug is to witness their internal and external transformation as they progress towards their goal.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TOPICS IN COACHING?
- Development of interpersonal relationships, feedback and conflict management
- Leadership development, personal impact and managerial posture
- Supporting change and creating employee engagement
- Building/restoring self-confidence and courage to be authentic
IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT DO PEOPLE EXPECT FROM COACHING ?
In my opinion, what the coachees expect is first of all a relationship based on an indefectible trust. People coming to coaching are by definition in an uncomfortable situation: they may be in a period of questioning, a period of self-confidence loss or they are about to explore territories in which they will feel potentially vulnerable. Coaching will therefore create first a bubble of safety and privacy around the relationship; so that the coachee can be fully present and authentic.
Coaching will also be like a walking stick: it will support the coachee in his progress, help him clear the bushy paths and allowing him to explore new paths in security. While leaning on him, the coachee will embrace new grounds and the coaching will secure him in his ascent towards his goal.
WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED THROUGH COACHING ?
Being a coach and a trainer, what struck me is that one can transmit (practically) the same learnings through a training or a coaching.
Training is faster; coaching allows a deeper appropriation.
Coaching is tailor-made by definition and allows the coachee to connect his existing knowledge to new breakthrough he will transform into resources.
WHAT TOOLS AND TRENDS YOU LIKE?
Co-Active coaching has been a huge hit for me because it allows us to work on the “Head / Heart / Body” alignment. It is not a purely intellectual coaching on which we will only design an action plan.
In other words, whatever the subject or the domain (pro or perso) of the coaching, we consider the person as a whole: his values, the dream of “who the coachee wishes to be behind this coaching objective”, how does the body or the emotions inform us about this objective and how can they help in the action.
The COVID period was very challenging for us.
It made us rethink our life choices (conscious or by default). Co-Active coaching allows us to put meaning back into our actions by reconnecting to the “why we do what we do”. In doing so, it allows us to (re)find the energy and resources to take action and make choices in line with the life we dream of.