It’s time to address some of these “angry” remarks on behalf of my fellow hard-working coaches.
“Telling clients what they need to do” – Coaches don’t give advice
As professional coaches, we do not give advice, tell our clients what to do, or pursue them. The focus of coaching is on the client. Clients already have all the resources they need to achieve what they want (or help them create them).
“When they get off being right, it shows I’m not the priority” – A Coach focuses on the client. A professional coach will focus solely on a client’s situation, goals and outcomes. It’s never about the coach. The client is always the priority.
“Some coaches are arrogant + talk too much, do not listen and their ego” Coaches leave their ego and agenda at the front door. As coaches, we do not bring our personal lives, thoughts, feeling or emotions to the coaching table. However, a good coach will be self-aware, grounded, and may even practise yoga or mindfulness to get into state before a coaching session.
“Overstepping the bounds of coaching such as medical or psychological advice” – Coaches set boundaries. A good coach will set boundaries from the start of any future coaching journey with a client. You can view a code of ethics here, which I am proud to work to.
“Manipulate into dependence” – Coaches do not fix or manipulate
No one needs fixing. You may however have an area of your life that’s not working for you anymore and needs focus and help.
Coaches come from a presupposition that “people work perfectly” No one is wrong or broken. We are all executing our strategies perfectly, but the strategies may be poorly designed and ineffective. I help my clients find out how they and others operate to change a strategy to something more useful and desirable.
There are no un-resourceful people, only un-resourceful states of mind. Therefore, people have all the ability and resources they need to succeed or make any changes they want.
The emphasis is on your internal thoughts and feelings and intentionally creating resourceful states of mind.
“Muddling coaching with mentoring/counselling” – A coach will enquire how the client wishes to be “coached?”
I undertake an ‘ intake session when a new client comes to me. This comprises general information about the client, contract to sign, times, dates, and sessions.
This is also where I manage expectations. The “housekeeping rules”, what’s expected from the client, arrive punctually and be ready, willing, and able to be coached, together with other rules.
Also, what they can expect from me as their coach, to be challenged, inspire, motivate, and contribute to their development, goals and outcomes. I will also during this intake session ask the client, “how do you want to be coached?” pure coaching? Mentoring?
“Interrupt while you are talking” – Coaches only Interrupt when.
During the ‘intake session’, one of the housekeeping rules is to ask the client”, do I have their permission to interrupt If I feel the coaching session is going off track and bring it back in line?” It is the only time a coach should interrupt a client.
Interrupting the client does not give them space and grace to finish what they want to say. The focus is always on the client, not the coach.