Coaching is the art of facilitating learning and development of others, grounded in the science of human performance. Coaching is NOT consulting, therapy or counseling. Though they may borrow insights and techniques from each other, these disciplines are distinctly different.
Therapy and counselling focus on the past and deep personal issues, while consultants provide expert answers and advice to clients.
Coaching is more collaborative, more action- and solution-oriented, and focuses primarily on the future and moving forward.
Why work with a coach?Coaching is an investment of time, energy, and money. So, why do individuals and organizations hire a coach?
A coach creates a confidential safe space to discuss personal and professional challenges and try out new ideas and mental models.
Having a trained professional as a dedicated sounding board and thinking partner brings powerful insights and clarity of thought.
A coach helps clients organise their time and energy more effectively, get more done, and attain more balance in their life and work.
A coach will hold you accountable for the goals you create. By offering guidance, questions, feedback, and encouragement, a coach will help you leverage your strengths, monitor progress, and maximize results.
A coach listens to help uncover the real issue(s). Often, the problem a client presents is merely a symptom. By asking thoughtful questions, a coach can dramatically help to frame, focus, and make decisions.
People who are clear about who they are, their priorities, and where and how to focus their energy, can communicate more cleanly and interact more effectively with other people inside and outside the organization.
My style of coaching...
… originates from Columbia University and integrates theory with practice drawing from positive psychology, neuroscience, organization development, business management, adult learning and leadership research.
The diagram below illustrates what typically goes on behind the scenes in my coaching engagements. Of course, my clients need not be aware of any of this; they just think we’re having a focused and productive conversation!