A coach can be likened to a personal trainer for the mind. The past decade has seen an increased recognition of the value of coaching by leading organisations. Coaching is a collaborative alliance, with the coach helping the coachee to realise their full potential by accessing their own solutions, setting goals and developing a plan of action to achieve those goals.
The coach supports the coachee by asking the right questions, by helping them to look inwards and to identify their strengths, their self-sabotaging beliefs, their fears, what motivates them, what hinders them and then to implement personal change by addressing what may be holding them back and developing an action plan to help them achieve what they want in life. The coach may use proven tools and techniques to draw out some of these answers and to help the client to move forward but the agenda is set by the client, as they are much more likely to buy in to and follow through on solutions of their own making.
Coaching vs Consulting
People often ask about the difference between consulting and coaching. The primary difference is that a consultant is often an expert in a particular area, and their role is often to transfer that expertise, whereas in coaching, the principle is that the client is the expert and the role of the coach is to draw forth solutions that may be buried deep within the client.
The following are some definitions for some terms used in Coaching:
"A collaborative solution-focused, results-orientated and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of work performance, life experience, self-directed learning and personal growth of the coachee." (Anthony Grant, University of Sydney, 2000)
As for Personal Coaching, but with business leaders and managers who are just as comfortable focusing on business related topics as on personal development topics in order to aspire towards excellence
As for Personal Coaching, but where coaching of the person, either individually or as part of a team or organisation is geared towards the pursuit of business excellence
As for Personal Coaching, but where the coach is working with more than one individual in pursuit of a common goal or to facilitate a co-coaching environment