Understanding the Power of Coaching:
What it is, and What it is Not
Coaching is a truly powerful development tool.
It can help individuals achieve their goals and unlock their inner potential.
A professional coach can help clients overcome obstacles and elevate their impact.
My last blog talked about some of the most frequently asked questions about coaching.
It is important to note, however, what coaching is not.
Here are six key points to consider:
1. Coaching is not counselling or therapy.
Coaching can help clients work through emotional issues and develop greater self-awareness. But it is not a substitute for therapy.
Coaches are not trained mental health professionals. They do not provide diagnosis or treatment for mental health conditions.
Therapy focuses on healing emotional wounds from the past.
Coaching is focused on the present and future, helping clients work on specific goals.
It’s about empowerment, not healing.
2. Coaching is not consulting.
Consultants aim to provide expert advice and solutions.
Coaches, on the other hand, help clients develop their own solutions and strategies.
Coaches focus on the learning process. This is what will enable personal, professional growth and discovery. It’s not just about achieving the client’s goals.
3. Coaching is not mentoring.
Mentors provide guidance and advice based on their own experiences and expertise.
They usually have more experience and knowledge about the topic at hand than the person they are mentoring.
Mentors are often at a higher organisational level than their mentees.
Coaches work with clients to help them develop their own skills and knowledge.
Coaching questions are designed to help the client think and learn.
Coaches reflect back the client’s responses and aim for the client to get clarity.
They ask, explore and use curiosity, rather than telling clients what to do.
Coaches work as peers with their clients – it’s a partnership of equals.
4. Coaching is not a training course.
The power of coaching lies in the fact that the individual themselves discovers much about how they think, react and behave.
This personalised approach increases self-awareness, which leads to lasting change.
Training imparts new information, knowledge and techniques in a standardised way.
It can be challenging for individuals to apply this learning in a way that ‘sticks’.
Unless learning is applied soon after the course it can be quickly forgotten. And sometimes learners can not see the relevance of training to their own situation.
5. Coaching is not a “quick fix”.
Coaching can produce rapid results.
However, it is not a magic solution that will solve all problems overnight.
Coaching requires commitment, effort, and time.
6. Coaching is not for everyone.
While coaching can be highly effective for many people, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution.
Coaching is best suited for individuals who are motivated to change and willing to take action to achieve the results they’re looking for.
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