Advantages of Coaching

The benefits of coaching are as wide ranging as the individuals involved.

Numerous clients report that coaching positively impacted their careers as well as their lives by helping them to:

 

         Establish and take action towards achieving goals

         Become more self-reliant

         Gain more job and life satisfaction

         Contribute more effectively to the team and the organization

         Communicate more effectively

 

 

What Does a Coach Do?

 

         Creates a safe environment in which people see themselves more clearly; the coach does this by listening, asking focused questions, reflecting back, challenging, and acknowledging the client

         Asks for more intentional thought, action, and behavior changes than the client would have asked of him or herself

         Clarifies goals and agreed-upon results

         Identifies gaps between where the client is and where the client needs or wants to be

         Helps the client develop a strong strategy and action plan to close the gap

         Understands and anticipates potential obstacles

         Guides the building of the structure, accountability, and support necessary to ensure sustained commitment

 

What coaching is not

Often coaching is confused with other professions like mentoring, counseling, therapy and consulting. While there is a bit of overlap between these professions and coaching, pure coaching has very well defined boundaries. The one key difference between coaching and all other similar professions is that coaching believes that each individual has all the skill, knowledge or the resources needed to achieve what they want within themselves. Coaching helps clarify these wants and encourages action to achieve success.

 

What Does a Coach Not Do?

A coach does not consult or counsel, unless specifically asked to do so, and only with clear agreements.

Consulting occurs when a person with specific expertise shares that expertise with individuals or organizations. Coaching is focused on drawing the expertise and answers from the client.