The word “coaching” literally means to transport someone from one place to another. People use coaching to help them move forward and/or to create some kind of change.
A Coaching Conversation is a highly specialized conversation (or series of conversations) one person has with another. The person who is the coach intends to produce a conversation that will benefit the other person, the client, in a way that relates to the clients learning, self-development and progress.
How does this conversation differ from the one we have with our best friends over the garden wall, a cup of tea or a beer in the pub?
The person who decides whether a coaching conversation was a coaching conversation or not is the expert— the person who is being coached.
If the following is true after a coaching conversation then it can be accepted as coaching;
- The focus of the conversation was primarily on you and your circumstances
- Your thinking, actions and learning benefited significantly from the conversation
- You were unlikely to have these benefits in thinking or learning within this time frame if the conversation hadn’t happened.
The coach respects that you alone are the expert on your life and circumstances. The skilled coach focuses solely on your situation with the kind of attention and commitment that you will rarely experience elsewhere—expect possibly from your best fiend?
Michelle Clarke is an Executive Coach. She works with Leaders, Executives and Executive Coaches, helping them to develop strong, influential personal brands and to elegantly navigate the complexity of 21st century leadership . To learn more about her work please visit her website www.motivcoach.com, and be sure also to subscribe to this blog for future updates. If you enjoy Facebook, please join Michelle’s Business Page
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