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What is Personal and Professional Coaching?
Leveraging the Power of Peers(sm)
Our peer learning programs are customized to suit the nature and needs of our client's organization. The programs can include a variety of approaches to learning. Often, peer coaching is at the heart of the learning process.
Before we define coaching, let's first look at why it's so very popular today. In the midst of continual change and development, people rarely get stuck merely because they lack some key piece of information or some precise procedure from a course or a book. Rather, they often get stuck in how they think and feel about themselves or their situations in life and work. People are getting stuck a lot lately. Let's look at some of a major reasons why:
Perhaps a definition of coaching will also explain how coaching addresses the major issues that many of us face in our lives and work. We have studied a variety of coaching models, including during masters- and doctoral-level studies and research. We've learned that there are many coaching models, and that this number is increasing rapidly (even though many of the coaching models seem to have a lot in common). We've also been trained in a variety of coaching models, and have read many coaching books and other publications about coaching. We've learned that there are as many definitions of coaching as there are practitioners and writers. There is no one standardized and widely accepted approach to coaching.
For example, some coaches view the coach as an expert who helps the client, in part, by conveying expert knowledge to the client, while other coaches assert that the coach need not have any expertise about the client's goal at all. Some coaches assert that the coach leads the coaching experience, while other coaches strongly assert that the coaching relationship is one of equals where the direction of the coaching is completely determined by the nature and needs of the client. Some coaches assert that the role of coach includes the role of mentor, while other coaches strongly assert that there's a huge difference between the roles of coach and mentor. Some coaches assert that the coach empowers the client, while other coaches assert that only the client can empower themselves. Some coaches assert strong differences between the practices of coaching, counseling, mentoring and therapy. These differences between views of coaches depend on a great deal on their personal values, the models of coaching from which they work and the particular focus of their coaching, for example, being or performance coaching, personal or business coaching, performance coaching, executive coaching, leadership coaching, etc.
There are various types of coaching conversations. One type might be used to address a short, specific matter. Other types include ongoing sessions to guide and support long-lasting change among clients. Coaching is traditionally carried out in pairs, that is, the coach works in a one-on-one with the client. Coaching also can be carried out in groups, including where one coach coaches multiple clients in the group or where peer members of the group coach each other.
We define personal and professional coaching as working in partnership between coach and clients to provide structure, guidance and support for clients to:
Coaching can benefit almost anyone in almost any situation. The benefits that client achieve from their coaching experiences depend very much on what they choose to work on in their coaching. However, there are some core benefits that clients can achieve not matter what goals they work. Regardless of the goals of the clients, coaching can help clients to:
Despite the many perspectives on coaching, there seems to be some principles that are common to many approaches to coaching, including that:
Coaches use a variety of methods, tools, forms and exercises in their practice. Use of these methods and tools depends very much on the values and focus of the coach and the unique needs and nature of the client. They include, for example:
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