About coaching and being coached
International Coaching Federation
John Whitmore, Coaching for Performance
Commonly known from the world of sports, coaching means assisting and carrying an athlete to achieve their best performance.
Harvard educationalist and tennis expert Timothy Gallwey, author of The Inner Game of Tennis and The Inner Game of Work, challenged traditional sports instruction by claiming that a coach’s role was to help a player remove or reduce the internal obstacles to their performance in order to release an unexpected natural ability without the need for much technical input from the coach.
This ultimately became the principle idea behind individual and team coaching both in the business world and in the personal life.
Coaching assists a client to bridge the gap between where they are now, to where they would like to be far more effectively than if they worked alone.
A coach achieves this by:
- Helping to raise the awareness of a client with powerful questioning techniques so they can get clear on what they truly desire and who they are at their core
- Assisting them to create practical, step-by-step action plans to reach their goals
- Providing on-going support through any changes or obstacles a client may encounter
- Providing a client with tools, techniques and strategies to create lasting change and success
The coach need not be an expert in their clients’ field of work but must posses the necessary skills and the knowledge of the techniques and methods used in coaching.
In coaching you—the client—are the expert. Your coach’s role is to ask powerful questions, act as a sounding board, provide objective assessment and observations, listen fully and actively, challenge your blind spots, and foster shifts in thinking that reveal fresh perspectives.
Coaching focuses on your present and your future! Past experiences are used only to understand the now and to help move forward!
In coaching the focus is on you not the problem itself!
A coaching relationship assumes no judgement from the coach and no shame for the client! It’s a confidential, safe and trusting environment that helps the client develop.