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What Is Coaching?

Coaching is the reflective practice of being present while helping challenge and support another to find their space of optimal growth, development and performance.

How coaching is different from other roles...with a bicycle metaphor
  • Consultant - Instructs about different bicycle models and helps you chose the right one for your needs

  • Mentor- Shows you how to ride and shares some of their experience

  • Counsellor/Therapist- Helps you uncover and overcome past fears and present difficulties 

  • Coach- Encourages you to get on the bike, rides alongside, asks where you want to go, and supports you to go faster and farther than you might have imagined


International Coaching Federation Definition (ICF)

  • ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaches honor the client as the expert in their life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:

    • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve

    • Encourage client self-discovery

    • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies

    • Hold the client responsible and accountable

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