What is Coaching?
Many different meanings come to mind when people hear the word coaching, and these meanings vary based on every person’s culture and history with coaching, while some of these meanings are true, others have nothing to do with coaching. In this article, we will tell you what is coaching, why coaching is beneficial, and how it works?
Coaching as ICF (International Coaching Federation) defines is a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires you to maximize your personal and professional potential, In other words, coaching is the process of helping others go in the direction that they desire and to change as they wish.
In the past, coaching was mostly associated with sports, but in recent years it has become essential for other areas including work and social life. The goal of coaching is to help you make progress in areas of your life you want to improve and to help you overcome a problem you’re facing, simply coaching will provide you with:
Benefits of Coaching
How does coaching work?
The coaching process closes the gap between an individual’s or team’s present level of performance and the desired one. This can happen within a single coaching session, or over a long cycle of sessions. That’s why coaching is an unending process; each new achievement forms a platform for the next challenge. However, for any new coaching goal, there is a cycle of six basic stages from goal to completion.
Definition, where the coach and the coachee agree on the goal of the coaching process.
Analysis, The process of understanding and discussing the present reality.
Exploration, When the coach and the coachee explore all available options to achieve the desired goals.
Action, The step of identifying and committing to a course of action, when we need to answer the question (when the tasks will be done?)
Learning, The phase of implementing the agreed-upon actions.
The last stage:
Feedback, Where the coach and the coachee hold the next coaching session and consider what has been learned and how this learning can be built upon.
In the end, knowing what coaching is and what it can and cannot help you with, is the first and most important step to starting your coaching journey.