Coaching in its most basic form is helping to get a client from potential to achievement. Very much like a more common definition of an athletic coach, a professional or personal coach takes the position of recognizing your innate abilities, helps you define, master and strengthen those abilities and skills and then helps, supports and keeps you focused so you can achieve your defined goals.
Coaching is appropriate for professionals looking for a new edge, wanting to grow, wanting to re-energize their livelihood or wanting to find a deeper connection to the work they do. It is appropriate for individuals looking to start a new career, new business, new life direction, self development or wanting to find deeper meaning in life in general.
Coaching is NOT therapy or consulting. Coaching is a co-created partnership which relies on the client’s willingness, abilities and strength to take full responsibility for the future they want. A coach can offer support and a variety of tools to get there but it is in the hands of the client to actualize their potential.
“I never cease to be amazed at the power of the coaching process to draw out the skills or talent that was previously hidden within an individual, and which invariably finds a way to solve a problem previously thought unsolvable.” –John Russell, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson Europe Ltd.
“Once used to bolster troubled staffers, coaching now is part of the standard leadership development training for elite executives and talented up-and-comers at IBM, Motorola, J.P. Morgan, Chase, and Hewlett Packard. These companies are discreetly giving their best prospects what star athletes have long had: a trusted adviser to help reach their goals.” — CNN.com