What is Coaching?
"unlocking a person's potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them" (Whitmore, 2009)
"a collaborative, solution-focused, results-oriented and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of work performance, life experiences, self-directed learning and personal growth of the coachee" (Grant, 1999)
"a professional partnership between a qualified coach and an individual or team that supports the achievement of extraordinary results, based on goals set by the individual or team" (ICF, 2005)
"the art of faciliating the unleashing of people's potential to reach meaningful, important objectives" (Rosinski, 2003)
At the heart of coaching is the idea of empowerment that is developed through giving the coachee a 'space' to think through ideas and solutions which can lead to improved performance and leadership skills, clarity in purpose and meaning and better flexibility and ability to change.
As a coachee you are in charge of the content of your coaching sessions. You will choose the area / subject you wish to take to a coaching session, you will create the goals and actions that you will work on and you will decide on the time-frame to complete the actions.
A coach acts as a mirror by reflecting back the coachees thoughts, words and ideas to enable the coachee to see things more clearly. A coach will also listen; ask powerful questions; clarify and summarise what has been said during a coaching session and ensure that a coachee is moving forward towards a goal or action.