As mentioned in previous posts there seems to be some confusion about what coaching is and isn’t. The International Coach Federation reported that this is still seen as a major barrier to the industry moving forward. Personally, as a qualified coach, I’m not too hung up on the ‘industry’ as it doesn’t provide me with my work. For me, I’m much more interested in helping clients understand what they need and how coaching can support them and their businesses.
The coaching world has lost a great character and driving force with the passing of Sir John Whitmore. Throughout his career he was a tireless advocate for the profession of coaching, and ensuring quality and rigor in its application. Outside of coaching his name might not be instantly recognisable but his legacy is assured as the co-creator of the GROW coaching model.
In my previous post, I introduced the notion of differences between coaching, mentoring and other related disciplines. I’ve had several comments from people asking to help clarify this further. There are plenty of books that deal with the subject in-depth and my intention here is to provide an overview to help position where coaching sits.
I meet plenty of people who describe themselves as business coaches but in reality, they are more consultants or business advisors as opposed to coaches. There are also many different techniques being promoted by different coaches. For me personally, the core aspect of coaching is based on the premise that the person being coached (coachee) has the answers.
The twist in this blog is that instead of asking these questions of someone else, I’m going to show you how you can ask better questions of yourself. The power of a great question to reframe a situation never ceases to amaze me. It’s incredibly powerful and yet very simple as well.