Coaching a Definition
August 26, 2014
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Coaching a Definition
This definition of the Coaching Discipline was found on Wikipedia.
The stated definition is more clinical than I would use to explain the discipline of Coaching. I believe this clinical explanation should be posted without, my additional commentary, or added hyperbole on the Coaching Discipline.
Well maybe I might add one thing. There is an art to it and just knowing the science will not do. Or if you prefer, Coaching with only science and no art is like Edgar Allen Poe said of what music is like with out poetry. Go dig it up if you’d like to know exactly what Mr. Poe wrote. Sure, I could put the text in here for you but it would defeat what the Coach does in their role and what the Coachee does in their role.
Coaching is a teaching, training or development process via which an individual is supported while achieving a specific personal or professional result or goal. The individual receiving coaching may be referred to as the client or coachee. Occasionally, the term coaching may be applied to an informal relationship between two individuals where one has greater experience and expertise than the other and offers advice and guidance as the other goes through a learning process. This form of coaching is similar to mentoring.
The structures, models and methodologies of coaching are numerous, and may be designed to facilitate thinking or learning new behavior for personal growth or professional advancement. There are also forms of coaching that help the coachee improve a physical skill, like in a sport or performing art form. Some coaches use a style in which they ask questions and offer opportunities that will challenge the coachee to find answers from within him/herself. This facilitates the learner to discover answers and new ways of being based on their values, preferences and unique perspective.
When coaching is aimed at facilitating psychological or emotional growth it should be differentiated from therapeutic and counseling disciplines, since clients of coaching, in most cases, are considered healthy (i.e. not sick). The purpose of the coaching is to help them move forward in whatever way they want to move, not to ‘cure’ them. In addition the therapist or counsellor may work from a position of authoritative doubt, but cannot claim the position of ignorance so vital for coaching, because of the assessment knowledge that underpins their work.