What is Coaching?
Coaching, as defined by the International Coaching Federation, is:
“Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
Simply put, it is a guided partnership between us to help you clearly define your goals, the right way to reach them, and to reach them. But what does that truly mean? What does coaching really entail?
For context purposes, the field of coaching is similar to the fields of counseling and therapy in that it is firmly rooted in evidence-based practices, tools, and techniques which can be used to help clients address the hurdles, obstacles, and struggles they face.
Notably, coaching differs from these fields as it focuses on empowering clients to achieve their goals, and the impact achieving them will have on them, by concentrating on the present, future, and embodying a positive physio-psychological state.
Coaching also honors the client as the expert in his or her life and work, and believes that every client is inherently strong, capable, and wise. In addition, coaching creates a warm, safe, and non-judgmental environment which fosters growth and connection amongst individuals.
The Benefits &
Use of Coaching
Coaching, simply put, improves personal, athletic, and business characteristics which result in achieving our own goals, and those of the organization/team. In addition to clarity around our goals, some of the top personal, athletic, and organizational benefits of coaching are:
Coaching is typically used by individuals to create work/life balance, get to the next level/phase of their career, develop leadership skills, reduce stress, and manage an overwhelming work load.
Coaching is typically used by organizations to develop high performers, high performing teams, leaders, executives, and organizational/team strategy.