WHAT CAN LIFE, RELATIONSHIP OR VOCATIONAL COACHING DO FOR ME?
As David Steele, founder of the Relationship Coaching Institute, says "It doesn't matter where you've been. What matters where you are going, and how you get there. That's coaching in a nut shell. Coaching is essentially about functioning." Coaching is not about healing or insight or understanding, although that may take place along the way. (David Steele, 2005)
The coach is not the expert who gives advice. Rather the coach is there to help the client create focus and maintain focus, helping the client to stretch beyond their self-imposed limits by identifying and challenging those limits.
The COACHING TRIAD
- Attitude precedes outcome. It is about what you believe you can achieve. Behaviour and outcome follow attitude. If you think you are powerless, you are far less likely to try.
- Skills are necessary to achieve success. Skills are learnable and teachable. Your coach can facilitate client's skills acquisition by pointing you in the direction of resources.
- Choices: clients often have more choices available to them than they may realize, and choices have outcomes. However, clients must also take responsibility for their choices.
Coaching is not educating, not consulting (consultants give specific advice). Your coach facilitates the accomplishment of your goals by helping you identify what you truly want, the steps to get it, and supporting and keeping you on track through the process.