How is coaching different to counselling, or mentoring?

Coaching is not about fixing something that is wrong and coaches do not try to fix people. A professional sportsperson does not have a coach because they play badly; they engage a coach because they want to be the best that they can be.This is also the case for coaching, which is primarily about learning and growth.

Coaching sessions are aimed at enhancing your performance. As an outcome of coaching, you can make adjustments to what you’re doing, and in turn these incremental changes lead to better overall performance. Coaching will normally focus on issues related to the workplace, but not to the exclusion of the many inter-personal and intra-personal factors that may impact on your work performance – you are a whole person and you bring your whole self to coaching.

(Graphic courtesy of ICFA Victoria Branch)

As a coach, I work with individuals to achieve positive change in their lives – identifying what will make the biggest difference to their confidence, career, and/or wellbeing – or helping uncover their unique strengths and personal purpose so they can find their ‘mojo’ again.In essence, coaching is helping someone to bring out their full potential. According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), professional coaching is:

…an ongoing relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organisations. Through the process of coaching, the client deepens their learning, improves their performance, and enhances their quality of life.

What are the outcomes of coaching?

  • Gain greater self-awareness.
  • Overcome self-doubt and develop resilience in your role.
  • Improve your leadership and/or communication style.
  • Identify your own learning needs and develop a professional development plan.
  • Gain greater clarity regarding your career direction.
  • Explore positive strategies for managing the challenges you face at work.

Please contact me if you would like to talk about whether coaching is an appropriate intervention for you or your team member.