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25 Definitions of Coaching That Should Inspire You to Partner with a Coach Today

What is Coaching Anyway?

I love being a Coach and have a deeply held belief that Coaching can truly make a real difference in a persons life. I know it to be true because I have experienced it myself and I regularly see it take place in the lives of the Clients I work with. Take a minute to listen to the voices of others who have seen the power of Coaching realized and then – Let’s connect !!

  1. “Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” – International Coach Federation
  2. “A coach works with you to support forward movement, personally, professionally or organizationally”. – Christian Coaches Network
  3. “Coaching is a powerful alliance designed to forward and enhance a life-long process of human learning, effectiveness and fulfilment … Unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them” – John Whitmore
  4. “A collaborative, solution focused, result-oriented and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of work performance, life experience, self-directed learning and personal growth of the coachee” – Association for Coaching
  5. “The art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another” – Downey
  6. “Coaching is about developing a person’s skills and knowledge so that their [job] performance improves, hopefully leading to the achievement of organisational objectives. It targets high performance and improvement at work, although it may also have an impact on an individual’s private life.” – CIPD
  7. “Coaching is about performing at your best through the individual and private assistance of someone who will challenge, stimulate and guide you to keep growing.” – Gerard O’Donovan
  8. “Coaching is a process that enables learning and development to occur and thus performance to improve. To be a successful a Coach requires a knowledge and understanding of process as well as the variety of styles, skills and techniques that are appropriate to the context in which the coaching takes place” – Eric Parsloe
  9. “Coaching can provide empowerment and support in a wide variety of ways. Whether we are seeking a change, or simply want to proceed in our lives with more focus and vigour, a good coach can make all the difference.” – tlccenter.com
  10. “Coaching encourages the deletion of “want to be”, and helps you replace it with “am” … Facilitating an individual’s search within themselves for the answers and resources they require to be limitless. – Michael Duffy
  11. “Coaching is a practice of assisting clients to determine and achieve personal goals. A trained coach will use a variety of methods, tailored to the client, to move through the process of setting and reaching goals.” – Anon
  12. “Coaching in its truest sense is giving the responsibility to the learner to help them come up with their own answers.” – Vince Lombardi
  13. “Academic coaching is a designed alliance between a coach and student for the purpose of fostering success skills in an educational environment. It is an individualized process that facilitates goal clarification and achievement. The purpose of academic coaching is to stimulate and motivate students toward their scholastic goals by providing structure, support and feedback.” – Sandy Maynard
  14. “A coach is someone who tells you: what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.” – Tom Landry
  15. “Coaching enables you to focus your thoughts, actions and time so that you will be able to increase the quality of your life.” – Edward Fisher
  16. “Coaching is a powerful relationship for people who are making important changes in their lives.” – Co-Active Coaching
  17. “Coaching will help you to discover how to unlock the many inner resources that lie dormant and unused in you because you fail to recognize that they are there.” – Carmel Wynne
  18. “The word coaching originated in the world of sport, but now Coaching is a distinct profession, clearly different from counselling, training, mentoring, therapy, or consultancy. What is remarkable is its sheer power and versatility. Coaching will help you perform a new task, improve your performance in your chosen profession, develop a new skill or solve a problem. In more general terms, many people are turning to Coaches to find direction and balance.” – Joseph O’Connor and Andrea Lages
  19. “Coaching is the art of assisting, challenging, stimulating and supporting an individual to live a balanced lifestyle and achieve ultimate performance and potential.” – Curly Martin
  20. “Coaching is a professional service that uses proven methods of working with an individual to effectively achieve the results they want in any aspect of their professional or personal life. The purpose of coaching is to remove the obstacles that prevent individuals from achieving their objectives.” – Veronica Coope
  21. “Coaching is the art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another.” – Myles Downey
  22. “Coaching is about performing at your best through the individual and private assistance of someone who will challenge, stimulate and guide you to keep growing.” – Gerard O’Donovan
  23. “Coaching is the art and practice of guiding a person or group from where they are to the greater competence and fulfillment that they desire.” – Gary Collins
  24. ““Coaching” can be defined as “a developmental strategy that enables people to meet their goals for improved performance, growth or career enhancement” – NASA
  25. “….a collaborative solution-focused, results-orientated and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of work performance, life experience, self-directed learning and personal growth of the coachee.” – Anthony Grant

If you are a Coach or have experience Coaching, what would you add to this list to bring more clarity to the definition of Coaching?

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What is Self Leadership Coaching and Why Would I want to Be Coached Anyway?

The International Coaching Federation defines Coaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

In some of its early use, the word coach described a horse-drawn vehicle – a stagecoach that would get people from where they were to where they wanted to be. A modern day bus does the same thing and often these vehicles are called coaches as well. When I Coach individual leaders and leadership teams, a similar result is anticipated – to move them from where they are now to a new and purposeful destination in the future.

A widely held misconception today is that Coaches are people who only help athletes and teams move from one place to another and help them get better and more effective at winning. Coaches don’t just help athletes, they help everyday people as well.

It is very true. In the world of professional sports where athletes are at the pinnacle of their performance, the top of their game, the best in their league, individual superstars – even for them, we know we won’t find a single one without a Coach. In fact, often times the higher their superstar status, the more individual Coaches and support staff will engage and support them. The thinking is, “As incredible as you already have become with the talents you have, how much more awesome can you be with a little intentional guidance, support and accountability provided by a Coach?” That statement can just as easily apply to you in your context.

Just try it with your name filled in the blank.

“As incredible as you already have become with the talents you have _______, how much more awesome can you be with a little intentional guidance, support and accountability provided by a Coach?”

Why Coach around Self Leadership?

It is pretty simple really. If you don’t lead yourself well, then where will you end up? If you are not proactive about where you want to be, then you will be reactive to what comes at you. Without excellent self leadership you will often be asking yourself “how did I get here?” With excellent self leadership you will be able to choose a destination and a preferred course to arrive at a desired outcome. You are trying to win your own game. The game called life. Self Leadership development focuses on the skills, motivators and priorities that will help you win.

That is what Self Leadership Coaching does for you and your ability to live your life on purpose, with a purpose. It simply offers strategic and intentional guidance towards establishing and achieving your goals. A focused tweaking, taking into consideration the abilities and talents already found within you and your supporting circumstances. That is what makes it so special. The Self Leadership Coaching experience is designed specifically around you, your goals, your life dynamic and your untapped and unexplored potential. It is totally unique to you.

Ok, Shoot it to Me Straight – How Could Self Leadership Coaching Really Help Me?

Here is just a sample of what my clients have experienced with Coaching:

  • Coaching stimulates better skills. Coaching helps people anticipate what they could become, overcome self-defeating habits or insecurities, manage relationships, develop new competencies and build effective ways to keep improving.
  • Coaching stimulates vision. Many individuals and Organizations have no clear vision or a fuzzy vision at best? They keep doing what they have done for years, without much change and with little expectation that things will ever be different. I work with individuals and organizations as they think beyond the present, more clearly envision the future and plan how to get there.
  • Coaching helps people grow through life transitions. Whenever we encounter major changes in our lives–like a new job, promotion, a move, the death of a loved one, the launch of a new career, or retirement–we face uncertainty and the need to readjust. I help to better enable people to reassess their life goals, find new career options, change lifestyles, get training, re-evaluate their finances, or find information so they can make wise decisions.
  • Coaching supports Christians in their spiritual journeys. Many believers understand the theological basics of their faith and aren’t necessarily looking to be intellectually trained outside of their Church context. But they do need focused time with somebody who has been on the spiritual road in different ways than themselves, who models Christlikeness and can help them identify and point out the personal barriers to their own growth and can help them guide the journey.
  • Coaching brings honest observation. As a Coach I speak the truth in love. As a Coach I know that sometimes the best way to help is by refusing to ignore harmful behavior patterns. Instead, I nudge and provoke people to deal with attitudes and behaviors that should be faced and changed. They usually know it, they are just stuck there.

Don’t believe only my word on how effective Coaching truly is, take a second and read through some of the testimonials written by others about their experience. Ultimately understanding Coaching is much more about experiencing it than grasping the philosophy behind it. Like most things in life you don’t realize the value until you experience it. If you never had a pair of shoes, you could make it through life, but after someone hands you a pair of shoes and you put them on, there is an obvious realization that things could have been better all along, and there is no need to struggle going forward as you had in the past.

I would love to partner with you and talk further about the possibilities for your journey. If you are at all intrigued, just shoot me your name and email in the form below and I will contact you shortly to set up a no cost, no obligation conversation to answer any questions you may have.

Let’s Connect !

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