What is coaching?
Coaching is a proven method of goal setting that helps you achieve what you want in life. This often includes both personal and business aspirations you have not yet realised and now want to accomplish. The coach uses skills to understand the best way to motivate, encourage and support you to take action and will challenge you when it is appropriate. You will decide on the style of coaching, the agenda and the actions you are going to take after each session. The coach will keep you on track, stop you from procrastinating and will help you overcome any negative emotions such as fear, guilt or doubt and step by step you will get the results you want.
Our coaching skills
Listening and questioning
We use listening techniques and questioning skills that enable you to find your answers from within. We believe that you are the best person to know what you want in life and you have the skills, resources and knowledge to get it. If it was as easy as that you would have it already, right? Unfortunately, we tend to get in our own way or let other people influence us. As a result, our wants and needs can become fuzzy and appear too far out of reach so we tend to stay as we are feeling disatisfied.
Change your thinking
Our skill is to help you get out of your own way and help you see your situation, decision or challenge from all angles. Imagine you are standing in front of a mirror. What do you see? Your view is limited. The mirror reflects what is directly in front of it. We give you a helicopter view taking you 360 degrees around your challenge so you can see alternative ways to address it. It is easy to get 'stuck' in our habitual patterns of thinking and when the solutions we try do not work, it can become frustrating, stressful and time consuming. We accelerate your discovery and help you take a proactive rather than reactive approach thus giving you more choice and control over the issue.
Rapport and empathy
We build rapport with you so you feel comfortable and safe in the knowledge that whatever you share will be completely confidential. We appreciate that it takes courage as well as a desire for change to 'open up' and discuss your personal thoughts, dreams and challenges. In the coaching conversation we listen attentively to what you are saying, how you are saying it and what you are not saying verbally but are communicating through your body language. We will reflect back and summarise what you say to ensure that we have understood you correctly and we will keep you focused and on tract to your goals. We will introduce you to goal setting and relevant personal development tools.
The difference between coaching, counselling & mentoring
Discover your own solutions
Coaching is not to be confused with counselling, advising or mentoring. It is a holistic approach that focuses on moving you forward in the most effective way. It enables you to look inside yourself and discover your own solutions.
A counsellor will focus on the immediate or distant past and prescribe the appropriate solution to a problem. It usually involves a trauma, mental health issues or depression. A coach will focus on the future and will assist the client to make changes in the 'now' to achieve it. The session is led by the client and does not deal with traumatic issues.
The coach believes that clients are extremely resourceful and each individual has the answers within themselves, no matter how deeply buried they may be. The coach helps the client to learn and gain new insights in order to decide for themselves what they want to do and how they want to go about doing it. In counselling, the counsellor decides what is best based on a prescriptive method. Both professionals require a large amount of sensitivity, patience, empathy, active listening, trust and a confidential environement.
Coaching takes a holistic approach and will look at the person as a ‘whole’ considering mind, body and spirit. The counsellor will guide the client on one particular physical or mental condition and examine the causes of such. The mentor and consultant will deal with the current issue and look to resolve it and not necessarily look beyond that.
A mentor will give the client direct advise and provide solutions based on their own experience and knowledge, a consultant will create documented evidence based on calculated and quantified facts they have gathered for the solution, a coach will not give advise and empower the client to find their own solutions. A counsellor will follow a tried method of practice to deal with the client based on previous examples or studies.
A mentor, consultant and counsellor takes the responsibility of the issue away from the client whereas in coaching the responsibility remains with the client.