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09 Oct, 2012

The Fundamentals of Coaching

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The Fundamentals of Coaching

If you’re subscribed to our weekly email – Personal Success Online, then you’re likely to be well aware of the exciting world of coaching. Wherever you are in your coaching journey, it’s always a good idea to revisit the fundamentals of coaching. It’s often the basic principles that can be forgotten.

What is coaching?

Coaching is about helping a client achieve their potential in life. It is about taking an idea or a dream and turning it into reality. It is about focus, intent, commitment and enthusiasm from both sides (the client and the coach). Above all, coaching is about results. It is about results that can be seen, experienced, measured and quantified.

A coach is not there to provide advice or answers. Instead they have a belief that everyone has the answers within themselves and the skill and practice of coaching is to help the client to find those answers within and bring them to the surface where they can be converted into positive action.

How is it different to counselling and psychotherapy?

It is distinctively different to counselling and psychotherapy where patients typically have a problem arising from a specific incident, condition or trauma. A therapist or counsellor will invariably look to the past to find solutions to an existing condition. A Coach is not concerned with the past.

Coaching is exclusively about where a client is now and where they want to be in the future.

There are 2 things that a coach must never be in sessions…

1.) A coach is never judgemental

2.) A coach is never critical.

In coaching there is no success or failure, there is only the result of an action. Remember coaching is about results.

The GROW model of coaching…

There are many approaches to coaching but here at The Coaching Academy, we favour arguably the most well-known model – GROW.

G represents GOALS or what you / the client want to achieve.

R represents REALITY or what is happening now.

O represents OPTIONS or exploring what could be done.

W represents WILL or the WAY FORWARD. In other words the what / when / how for taking actions forward.

This is a very simple breakdown of the GROW model of coaching. During a coaching session a coach will work through each stage of this process to aid a client’s desire to move forward in their lives or work situation.

Coaching is a progressive process where stumbling blocks are converted into stepping stones and where each step brings the client closer to the fulfilment of their desires and potential.

There are 2 key elements or values that must be at the heart of the coaching process…

1.) Awareness

2.) Responsibility

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1 Response to "The Fundamentals of Coaching"

1 | Barry Wilding-Webb

October 16th, 2012 at 8:21 pm


It is always good practice to go back to basics if only to ground oneself occasionally, and remind us that the bedrock of good coaching is in the simplicity of the model, whichever that is. We see and hear every day how quick people are to both judge and criticise others in an attempt to ‘win’ whatever it is that challenges them, envy, jealousy, greed or just spite. I love and seek solace in the world of coaching when an opportunity arises to help someone triumph over themselves and sometimes despite themselves move forward, the direction that all coaches should strive to guide their clients.

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