Coaching: Some things to think about

On our training courses we often ask participants to list and discuss exactly what coaching is and what it isn’t.

The following points would be typical:

Coaching is…

  • About drawing out, not putting in
  • Helping others to learn as opposed to teaching them things
  • Motivational and enjoyable
  • Performance focused but people centred
  • About releasing potential
  • Helping people move out of their comfort zones

Coaching is not…

  • Telling people what to do and how to do it
  • The same as instructing, training or counselling
  • Offering uninvited feedback
  • Rescuing people and having all the answers
  • Only for poor performers
  • A disciplinary measure

You may or may not agree with the items on these lists. Make a note of anything you’d like to raise with the Course Leader.

Typical situations for which coaching is used

  • To accelerate development
  • To improve performance
  • To develop new attitudes or behaviour
  • To develop skills
  • To support people through change
  • To help people address workplace challenges
  • To help in developing a learning culture
  • As part of a change programme
  • To help develop team working
  • To help improve motivation

We would imagine that it is for one or several of these reasons that you have decided to attend our training. Highlight the items on the list that you’d be most interested in exploring in greater detail.

On the course you’ll discover how to use coaching as a way of moving things forward or taking the next step and you’ll be able to use it in virtually all aspects of working life.

About 

Matt Somers is the UK’s leading trainer of managers as coaches. His coaching skills training programmes, books, articles and seminars have helped thousands of managers achieve outstanding results through their people.

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