Coaching is a partnership between a client and a coach. A coach can assist clients with specific professional projects, personal goals and transition points in their life. The coach assumes that individuals are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach providing thought-provoking powerful questions to assist the client in self-discovery and developing plans of action that will help the client reach their desired goals. A coach is not a counselor, a consultant or a mentor but someone who encourages and supports clients. A coach helps clients analyze their current situation, identify existing and potential challenges and obstacles, and devise a plan of action designed to achieve specific outcomes. The emphases in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow through. Coaching is future focused – what and where you are going, rather than focused on why and where you have been.
A Coach is NOT:
A Therapist – deals with the past
A mentor – provides wisdom and guidance based on their own experience
A consultant/advisor –diagnoses problems and prescribes solutions - expertise driven
A trainer – imparts information
A referee or mediator – doesn’t solve conflicts
A Coach is:
A thinking partner
An accountability partner
A member of your team - helping to develop to higher performance levels
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