A google search for a definition of coaching will return quite literally thousands of sites. The International Coach Federation suggests the following:
Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customise their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach's job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.
The driving value of CoachMatching is partnership, all of our products and services reflect both this and a coaching approach so, whether the service you require is straight forward executive or leadership coaching through to a cultural transformation this is the backbone that is consistent throughout.
Our primary focus is to provide high perfrormance coaching solutions. In partnering with individuals and organisations we establish the AS IS to the TO BE positions. Often, when taking a strategic view we identify needs outside of the coaching remit and therefore have developed complimentary products and services and strategic partnerships to enable a consistent approach.
Characteristics of coaching are:
- Perspective: provides insight and perspective aligning an individual or teams developmental goals with those of the organisation.
- Provides an external mirroring: models effective two-way communication and feedback in order to improve the performance of the coachee.
- Fosters self-insight: concerned with helping the coachee grow through introspection and feedback from others.
- Concerns about personal growth: concerned that the coachee is successful at learning and becoming a more effective leader.
(Adapted from original article in Linkage Inc.’s 2000 Best Practices in Organization and Human Resources Development Handbook)
Whether coaches subscribe to a particular coaching model, school or philosophy all coaches share a common goal; to assist their coachee to achieve their stated goals.
Some triggers for coaching are:
- Experience a career or life transition
- Managing your career development
- A desire to grow beyond your current role
- A desire to be stretched within your current role
- Building and devloping a team
- A sense of an ability to perform at a higher level
- A sense of isolation, in need of an external; perspective
- Taking on a leadership role for the first time
- Needing to develop influencing skills and strategies