What is coaching in simple words


How to understand what is behind the popular word "coaching" and cease to be confused in terms.

What "coaching" are

Coaching in direct translation: coaching, mentoring.

Coaching, for example, in the Business of Youth or other programs, business training, called the consultation tet-a-tet or in a group where the more experienced teach the less experienced. This coaching consists of advice, recommendations, knowledge transfer, top to bottom. In fact it is coaching and mentorship.

Coaching in the classic (historic) meaning in business: facilitation, maintenance.

Classic coaching is based on questions to the client, this territory is free of advice and guidance. A coach only asks open-ended questions. It follows the structure of the conversation (called session) is a sequence of phases of conversation, each solving their own task.

In Ericksonian school this structure is called the "arrow of coaching" and its learning in the first module, and further fortified by the practice for the next. Therefore, questions are subject to the logical structure. For easy casual conversation certified coach follows a strict methodology.

classic coaching there is no transfer of knowledge. Client a coach works with what is already known, and on this basis receives the answers from within, from the soul and mind.

Why you need a classic coaching

This is a way to think deeply, purposefully and intently to think about the task or problem.

How many hours a week to allocate hours "to think"? Lack of time is a convenient excuse not to delve into the realm of soul and mind. So the psyche protects against interference in a zone of relative comfort, incomprehensible fear.

From the point of view of the brain, this behavior is useful for survival, but deliberately — you want change. The search for meaning can end existential crisis, and even love for philosophy, and goodbye to the usual vanity of non-urgent and unimportant cases for the week, the months, the years.

In the end, coaching is a special time thinking about the exhilarating life situation with a professional.

If you object that man himself is able to sit down, take a paper or to think about it and find solutions, you would be right. Maybe but does not. Why?

Why appeal to the specialist and not looking for the answers yourself

1. wrong Turn. Risk spinning spiral of issues up, down, to the negative feelings and emotions. The problem is inflated and seems more (although you can learn to avoid it, for example, using techniques paraitinga).

2. Thinking denial. No skills orientation to the future in a positive outcome. To look for reasons in the past are accustomed to our way of thinking. In my experience, this approach brings us closer to the result.

3. Blind spots. Awkward question itself is not asked. The brain protects the mind from unauthorized interference of consciousness, it contains the attitudes and beliefs that are like blind spots, determine your behavior. Without external assistance is not recognizable.

the Above are costs of time and effort. Sit down and think of you often. Not everyone is ready to spend hours of unrestrained reflection, unnecessary energy costs.

better to go to the couch and "think about it":
— reduce the time of clarification of the request dozens of times.
— accelerate the movement to the desired results.

the Role of coaching in the market

On the economic language to use the services of a coach is cheaper in terms of hours that will be spent on independent thinking, and thus more profitable.

We don't cut themselves (skilled craftsmen), at home not every man is removed, and so the list such things easier to delegate.

Only in the case of coaching it is not "thinking" to outsourcing, and "thinking" multiplied by 10, thoughts on steroids, accelerator thought. "Thinking" aloud along with the professional facilitator, who was trained to ask open, expanding the scope of questions. As a result: insights, ideas and inspiration.

That's all, no magic, only a classic time-saving. And as a bonus — increase awareness and responsibility of the client.

Oleg Astakhov
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