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What is coaching?
Coaching influences and changes behaviors, through specific techniques and a range of communication skills, so that you become good or better at what you do, reach your targets and positively influence your audience.
A good coach uses these techniques and communication tools to help clients shift their perspectives, habits and attitudes and thereby discover and implement different solutions to achieve their goals.
Most of the things we do, we do on auto-pilot, out of inertia. Coaching helps you stop playing Russian Roulette with your life, with your project. Coaching is a relationship with a continuous mutual effort, where dialogue, objectives, challenges, lot of accountability and achievements happen!
Coaching addresses the gap between what a person can do and what that person actually does.
What do I gain out of coaching?
Many persons, many organizations have asked why is coaching important. Statistics show that the companies or individuals who use coaching have a clear and measurable development. These include career transition, interpersonal and professional communication, performance management, organizational effectiveness, managing career and personal changes, developing executive presence, strengthening self-confidence. enhancing strategic thinking, dealing effectively with conflict, and building an effective team within an organization.
In today’s competitive environment, some of the most successful world-renowned leaders in business and politics understand and benefit from coaching.
A bit of history…
If we make a simple, quick research, we find out that etymologically, the English term “coach” is derived from a medium of transport that traces its origins to the Hungarian word kocsi meaning “carriage” that was named after the village where it was first made. The first use of the term coaching was an instructor or trainer arose around 1830 in Oxford University slang for a tutor who “carries” a student through an exam. Coaching thus, has been used in language to describe the process used to transport people from where they are, to where they want to be.
…and that is pretty much what a good coach does…uses a range of communication skills to help clients shift their perspectives, habits and attitudes and thereby discover and implement different solutions to achieve their goals.
The first use of the term in relation to sports came in 1831.
Since the mid-1990s, coaching has developed into a more independent discipline and professional associations such as the Association for Coaching, The International Coach Federation, and the European Coaching and Mentoring Council have helped develop a set of training standards.
Is it true that there are many styles of coaching?
What is your style of coaching?
There are many styles of delivering coaching services. It very much depends, among others, on the experience and personality of the coach, but also on the type of atmosphere and trust created within that relationship.
For me, the ideal approach is when the coaching relationship involves mutual effort, very open, relaxed and honest dialogue, measurable goals. Both the coach and the person who is coached assume responsibility and bring a disciplined accountability to the relationship. Especially from business perspective, coaching is as much about driving profit as it is about developing the person. That’s how I see it…