So many people ask me – what is coaching and how does it differ from the other modalities such as mentoring, counselling, teaching, and consulting?
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as:
“partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
In coaching we do not take on the role as the subject matter expert, in fact we believe that you are the subject matter expert in your own life and you are the best person to help you. Nobody knows you better than you!! As a coach we simply listen to your situation and then through a series of tools we assist you in unlocking the barriers to your life and build a road map for the way forward. Once that is all done we become your accountability partner by checking in on you to see how things are going and help you to adjust if necessary – if everything is going well we become your cheer squad to keep you motivated and driving forward.
We suggest a solution focused style of coaching which is very forward thinking – what is your current situation, what do you need to be more happy and successful in life, what are the options that will get you there, what option do you feel is most achievable for you, how can you turn that option into your daily action steps, and finally accountability and adjust as necessary.
The difference between coaching and the others is often subtle and there are times when the lines are blurred. Some of the tools and approaches are often very similar and in same cases the same.
A model coaches often use is the GROW model. Whilst it may not feel like exactly what you see below and the stages may not be clearly defined, many coaches have this process in the back of their mind and working through it with you. The four stages of the GROW model are:
G – Goal
What is the goal for you?
R – Reality
What is your current situation and how does it impact your goal?
O – Options
What are the options available to you in order to achieve your goal?
W – What now
How can we ensure you take action and stay on the right path?
I hope this helps clarify what it is we do as part of the coaching process. I hope that one day we can help you set yourself up for success with our coaching services.
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