Coaching is a conversation between two people:
Coaching is about supporting individuals to create clarity and realise the potential within themselves. A coach walks alongside the client through the journey that they are taking, helping to create manageable actions to move towards their overall goal.
It aids getting from A-B perhaps quicker than you would on your own by asking pertinent questions and coaching models that have a certain amount of simplicity attached to them.
My job as a coach is to facilitate a goal-driven journey with the client. It is one of mutual respect. The coach’s role is to make sure that the client is completely responsible for their own outcome and to help them recognise that they have all the answers and resources to succeed. They are the expert in their life, not the coach.
The agenda of the coaching sessions are entirely up to the client. The coach will not instruct the client in any way shape or form in terms of what he thinks the client should be working on or how they should be approaching things or what they could be doing in order to be successful. That will all be coming from the client.
“It’s not the answer that enlightens, but the question” budda.
Through open-ended questions, techniques, and skills the coach will unpack and draw out the answers from the client, thereby raising their awareness, challenging existing thoughts and beliefs to open up a new way of thinking and possibilities.
A coach holds a client to account, they must be committed to the coaching process, be ready, willing and able to take the necessary actions.
Coaching, at its most effective when it’s there to help facilitate the clients learning. It is action-orientated to move the client forward to where they want to be, rather than explore the current situation.
Once the client understands the situation and who they are, and what they can bring in relation to the situation, they can far easier work out the strategies to be understood.