what is coaching?
The word "coach" has multiple meanings these days, and is a tad confusing. The International Coach Federation (ICF) website defines it like this, "Coaching . . . supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes" (coachfederation.org/codeofethics).
I would add that coaching is another word for having your very own advocate, accountability, and thinking partner, someone in your corner whose only agenda is you and what you are dreaming of!
Unlike a sports coach, a personal leadership coach doesn't have the answers or advice, nor the drills, but does have the questions - powerful ones that will help you think deeply and make the right decisions for your life, and take action! The coaching relationship is forward focused, goal and action oriented, and accountable.
As a co-active coach, I see you as naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and completely able to find the solutions that are right for you, and I will challenge you to achieve what you set your sights on!
what coaching is not...
Coaching is not therapy or counselling, which, according to the ICF’s website, “often focuses on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual's emotional functioning in the present” (coachfederation.org/FAQs) and can be a very valuable resource.
Coaching is also not consultancy, where an expert is called in to assess a situation and recommend a solution. Nor is it mentoring, training, or athletic development in which the goals and direction are set by the mentor, trainer, or athletic coach.