What Is and Is Not Coaching?
On social media in recent years there has been an explosion of people promoting Coaching Services. This could be a reflection of the fact that Coaching is one of the fastest growing professions in the world, and it could also be a reflection of it being completely unregulated, meaning anyone can call themselves a 'Coach'.
If you have engaged someone yourself and they provided 'expert help' in the form of advice, it would have been more accurate to say you experienced Mentoring.
Key to Coaching is the ability to facilitate a conversation in which another person is able to arrive at their own best thinking, whether that is an important decision, a new creative idea that solves a problem, or some insight into themselves or their situation that changes how they feel. 'Pure coaching' in this sense is a 'creative partnership' between the Coach and the Client and is always moving towards the Client unfolding his or her potential.
Another way to say that is, it is always fundamentally about helping the Client access their wisdom, creativity, courage and capacity for learning and growth that is fundamental to us as human beings.
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