What is coaching?
A PROFESSIONAL COACH IS A PERSONAL CHANGE EXPERT. Coaches help people like you grow faster, perform at a higher level, understand themselves more deeply and live with greater purpose and fulfillment. In the same way that a personal trainer helps a pro athlete maximize performance, a personal coach can help you get the most out of life.
What is Mentoring?
It has been said that there are only two paths to success - one involves a long path learning by trial and error. The other involves finding a mentor. Mentorship refers to a developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps a less experienced or less knowledgeable person to become proficient in a particular area or skill set. It is rooted in a foundation of mutual respect, trust, and commitment to the purposes of the mentoring relationship.
“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them learn rather than teaching them.” --Sir John Whitmore
What Happens in a Coaching Appointment?
Coaching appointments begin with a chance for you to report on your progress, and end with a clear set of action steps you choose to take in the week ahead. But what is that essential spark between you and your coach that makes the relationship so transformational? Below are four facets of the power of coaching:
- Coaching is a Transformational Conversation.
The biggest surprise for the first-time clients is realizing that the coach isn’t there to give advice. Instead, powerful, incisive coaching questions stimulate you to examine the things in life that matter most from new angles. A coaching conversation can transform the way you look at life.
- Coaching is Transparent Relationship.
A coach is a friend and confidant, your greatest supporter, and someone who knows you well enough to call out the best in you. A transparent relationship with your coach frees you to go to places you’ve never gone before.
- Coaching is a Support System for Change.
With support, encouragement and accountability from someone who believes in us, we can do far more than we’d ever accomplish alone. A coach helps you stay on track, overcome obstacles and convert your want-to into concrete steps that get in your date book and get done.
- Coaching is Continuous Leadership Development.
Coaches don’t give solutions: they help you solve your own problems. Coaching is helping you learn instead of telling you what to do. By leveraging every situation to build your capacity as a leader and a person, coaching prepares you to conquer much bigger challenges in the future.
What Can I Work on with a Coach?
The answer is, “Just about anything!” Increased performance, discovering your destiny, getting organized, regular exercise, slowing down, turning a dream into reality…you only need to answer the question, “What do I want to accomplish?”
Coaching works in just about any area because it is about helping you learn. A coach is not an expert advising you in a particular field (that’s consulting), or someone more senior who’s showing you the ropes (that’s mentoring). Coaches are change experts who help you find the solution for your unique situation.
So if you want more from life-more growth, greater purpose, maximum performance-look into what a personal coach has to offer!
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“People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to Copy.” – Oliver Goldsmith
WHAT’S INVOLVED IN MENTORING?
- Assessment of Strength/Weakness
- Developmental assignments
- Goal prioritization
- Customized plans of action
- Ongoing debrief and support
What happens in a mentoring appointment?
Mentoring appointments begin with a chance for you to report on your progress and end with a clear set of action steps you choose to take in the weeks ahead. Mentoring assignments are debriefed, and, along with instruction and input, used to highlight the path to proficiency and success.
Mentoring is a structured approach to personal development.
Mentors employ an array of tools including training, modeling, and advising to move their mentee along a path to success. It is an intentional, yet customized approach to imparting the wisdom and guidance necessary for capacity-building.
Mentoring is rooted in a relationship of trust and mutual respect
Fruitful mentoring occurs in the context of friendship and shared responsibility for the desired outcomes of the relationship. A mentor does not exert formal authority, but without the mentee’s commitment to following the path laid out by the mentor, the relationship will fail.
Mentoring is a support system for gaining proficiency
With support, encouragement and accountability from someone who believes in us, we can do far more than we’d ever accomplish alone. Both failure and success are powerful teachers. A good mentor will use these experiences – as well as stories of their own success and failure – as a guide toward proficiency.
Mentoring is regular feedback on your journey to success
Over time, mentoring cultivates an experience of continuous learning. Each step of the journey is synthesized into the larger story of maturity and development which is enhanced by timely input and analysis by the mentor.
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