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.