What is Professional Coaching?
Coaching is a process that helps brings clarity, calm and purpose to people and provides us with opportunities to expand and develop into the remarkable human beings that we are. This interaction creates understanding and accelerates the client’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice, while drawing on the client’s knowledge of their own values, strengths and goals. It can be the first step to help us formulate our goals and live our dreams, be they personal or work related.
Coaching involves a conversation between the coach and clients(s) that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential through the use of powerful questions by the coach.
How is coaching distinct from other service professions?
Professional coaching is a supportive function that focuses on setting goals, creating positive outcomes and helping the client(s) manage change. Sometimes it’s helpful to understand coaching by distinguishing it from other personal or organizational support professions.
Coaching is not consulting as individuals or organizations as consultants are retained for their expertise. With coaching, the assumption is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
Coaching is not mentoring as coaches do not share wisdom and guidance based on their own experience. Nor do they provide advice as they are not the expert in the client’s life.
Some typical issues that can be addressed through coaching:
- How to be a better communicator and/or be more self-confident
- How to be achieve greater results in career or personal relationships
- How to have more productive conversations and deal positively with conflict
- How to be more resourceful at managing stress and work/life balance
- How to be deal effectively with life‘s major challenges-i.e. divorce, mid-life crisis, job loss, retirement
- How to develop and maintain goals