So what is coaching
Introduction to coaching
Let’s put it simply, coaching is a process that aims to improve performance and focuses on the “here and now” rather than on the distant past or future.
The first thing you need to understand when it comes to coaching is that coaching is not telling someone what to do. It is not talking about your experience and having them copy your behavior. It is helping others in their learning process by asking them open-ended questions and letting them figure out the answers to their questions and dilemmas themselves. This leads to improvement in a person’s performance and goal achievement.
Good coaches believe that the individuals always have the answers to their own problems but understand that they may need help in the process of finding the right answer.
This short video can also help you understand coaching:
About Erickson coaching methodology
When it comes to Erickson coaching methodology, which is solution-focused, you should know that it is based on four pillars. First, it is solution-focused, which means that it does not concentrate on past experiences or reasons for present or past dissatisfaction. In fact, it helps to move the client towards his or her desired future outcomes. Second, it is systematic, because the coach can see how positive change can fit into the client’s bigger picture. Third, it is always client-centered, through the coach’s trust in the client’s resources and skills. The coach respects the client’s agenda and desired future outcomes. That is why coaching is an advice-free zone. Lastly, coaching is always action-oriented, which enables the coahee to achieve fundamental shifts in attitude, behavior and habit formation.
Basic skills of coaching
One of the things that a coach should do is ask open-ended and precise questions. Also, the coach is always an active and focused listener, giving support to the coachee. Through active listening, the coach doesn’t give advice, rather letting the other person figure out the answer by himself/herself. The best thing a coach can do is to direct your attention to your own performance and progress. Also, if you have a coach, it is desirable to give him/her feedback so than your coaching sessions can develop and become better with each session.
Coaching in practice
To conclude, we can make this explanation more specific. Coaching helps mostly in dealing with stress and conflict, getting through stuck states, managing life and business crises, increasing motivation, finding solutions for problems with teams, dealing with change, etc.
Have you ever heart about coaching? Would you add anything to this explanation of coaching?
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