What is Coaching?

Coaching has been around for over 2000 years. In Greek mythology, Athena acted as coach and guide to Hercules and became a guide and protectress of heroes and demigods.

 

Coaching is essentially a form of conversation in which the focus of the conversation is on the coachee (or client) and their situation, and to the benefit of their thinking, actions and learning; benefits that were unlikely without that conversation.

 

It is not about solving problems (although problems will be solved). It is not about improving performance or attaining goals (although that will certainly happen too).

Coaching is chiefly about discovery, awareness and choice.

 

Unlike therapy, coaching does not set out to diagnose and treat people. As coaches, we believe our clients are naturally whole, intelligent, resourceful and creative, and emphasise the current and future, rather than the past.

 

Team coaching has been best defined as "enabling a team to function at more than the sum of its parts, by clarifying its mission and improving its external and internal relationships. It is different therefore from coaching team leaders on how to lead their teams or coaching individuals in a group setting.

I am trained in Organisational Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC)TM. This approach focusses on professional or personal relationship systems more than the individuals. This has the advantage of seeing things from all perspectives, being truly systemic.

ORSC has as its cornerstones, four principles:

  • The Relationship System is the client

  • Work with the whole Relationship System

  • The Relationship system is naturally intelligent and creative

  • Reveal the System to Itself (the primary function of the coach)

To learn more, contact me.

 

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