Coaching is an ongoing conversation that empowers a person or team to fully live out the potential in their life and profession. The goal of coaching is for you to discover new things about yourself, and take action to reshape your life around that learning.
The coaching relationship is expected to produce insights, greater personal awareness, changed behaviors, actions, and ultimately results that satisfy the client. Much is expected of you: to evaluate, reason, imagine, decide, and implement.
What Coaching Is
Coaching is about learning – You are the expert on your life. Your coach uses coaching techniques such as active listening, open questions, encouragement, challenging a bit, and always remaining supportive. All to assist you in discovering insights and taking next steps.
Coaching is about action – your action. Each session you will determine 1-3 actions steps you will take before the next session.
Coaching is about all of you – your goals, your learning, and your growth not just your career. We all know that changing old habits and thought patterns are difficult. Your coach recognizes these patterns and will support you as you change and grow.
What Coaching Isn’t
It’s not therapy. Although many of the communication techniques are the same, therapy focuses on healing and helping people work through personal issues so they can reach a healthy place. Coaching is future and action-oriented, for people who are basically clear of psychological and emotional issues. It is working towards dreams and goals one has for themself.
It’s not mentoring. Mentors are experts in a particular field who seek to pass on their expertise. Mentors usually play the roles of advisor and teacher, provide knowledge, advice, guidance, correction, and encouragement to people who are newer and junior—by experience if not by position or age.
It’s not training. In training, the trainer sets the agenda. Change comes from outside the participant, via the trainer. In coaching, you set the agenda. Coaches use adult learning principles of self-discovery to motivate change from within you.
It’s not authoritarian. Your coach will push you beyond what you might think you can do, but will always be supportive. You are in control. The responsibility to decide and act is yours.
What to expect from coaching?
Coaching works because it brings out your best! Coaches believe you can create your own best answers and are trained to support you in that process.
Specifically, this is what your coach will do during coaching sessions:
Listen. Your story is central. Coaches fully engage in what you are saying.
Ask questions. Coaches use questions to stimulate your thinking and creativity. Questions are about possibilities and the future.
Encourage. Everyone needs encouragements, and usually we don’t get enough. Your coach will hold up your vision, your progress, and your efforts.
Facilitate while letting you lead. Coaches facilitate your learning and problem solving. Yet, they are never fully leading – you are, with your agenda and your approach.
Why Use a Coach?
The reasons people want coaching are endless, and as unique as the person. Here are a few examples that motivate people to use a coach.
To make significant changes
To better deal with uncertainty
To make better decisions
To set better goals
To reach goals faster
To grow spiritually
To become financially more stable
To get ahead personally
To have a collaborative partner
To improve their relationships
To make a bigger impact on the world
To be a better leader
To simplify their lives
To reduce stress
To keep up with the speed of life
To address transitions in location and employment
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