What is Professional Coaching?
International Coach 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, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. ~ICF
Other Self-Development Methods.
Sometimes it’s helpful to understand coaching by distinguishing it from other methods of self-development, and personal or organizational support professions. Read the brief descriptions below to understand how coaching differs from other popular self-development methods.
Individuals or organizations retain consultants for their expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, the assumption is the consultant will diagnose problems and prescribe and sometimes, implement solutions. With coaching, the assumption is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
A mentor is someone you that you personoally or professionally look up to and aspire to have the success and lifestyle in which you observe them having. You give this person permission to speak into your life to provide you wisdom and guidance based on his or her own experience. The coaching process does not focus on modeling, but instead on helping you set and reach your own objectives.
Training programs are based on objectives set out by the trainer or instructor. Though objectives are clarified in the coaching process, they are set by the individual or team being coached, with guidance provided by the coach. Training also assumes a linear learning path that coincides with an established curriculum. Coaching is less linear without a set curriculum. In coaching the curriculum comes out of the clients individual goals and objectives.
Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper a persons emotional state in the present. It also deals with the psychological functioning with the goal of helping the person reach a more emotionally healthy standing. In coaching, we provide guidence to self discovery without labeling or classifying the pain. We strategically ask questions that helps you to identify the deficits and together set a plan in place to improve and sometimes overcome those deficits.