The origins of coaching come from the sporting arena where coaches have for centuries helped athletes achieve their goals.
The analogy to sport is a good one and also helps us to understand coaching.
Imagine a tennis coach for instance. The coach talks to the athlete, shows the athlete where their skill levels are inadequate and then sets, over a period of time a plan for the athlete to improve. The plan would enable the athlete to think for him or herself in pressure situations and determine the correct shot to play. This is called coaching.
Coaching therefore is about the client and coach collaboratively seeking a solution and formulating an action plan. It looks at a broader perspective and helps in the development and implementation of a process to drive the business forward.
As a Certified Professional Coach, I will use Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Socratic questions to help my clients focus on their goals.
I am a member of International Association of Coaching.