Coaching is all about “series of conversation”.
Coach help clients solve their problems by asking series of powerful questions and encourage client to formulate answers. Coach challenge their basic assumption, with a view what more is possible. Coach assume that what people think makes a difference. Coaching is a form of learning, but coach is not a teacher. Coach use various coaching technique like Listening, Observing, Reflecting, asking powerful questions, Emotional Intelligence and Systems thinking. Coach help client to become self-generating and self-correcting.
Coaching is about facilitating positive change by improving thinking, creating awareness by showing blind spots. Coaching is 'showing mirror'.
Little a bit history:
Coaching has roots in Western philosophy (Ex: Socrates), new Age philosophy (Ex; Buddhism), and social science.
Socrates (469 BCE) believed that each person is born with full knowledge of ultimate truth. People must acquire knowledge and wisdom for themselves. He used to engage his students in a process of questioning rather than providing them with answers. He said, “the highest form of human excellence is to question oneself and others.”
Buddha (500 BCE) focused on consciousness and self-awareness, Belief in human potential, Idea of balance and harmony, belief in enlightenment, power of visualization, belief in meditation, pacifism, environmental awareness, Emphasis on self-awareness, balance and belief in human potential. Spiritual coaches offer to identify the client’s life mission and purpose.
Mindfulness is the state of awareness in which we are conscious of our feeling, thoughts, and habits of mind and able to let unhelpful ones go so that they no longer limit us.
Hinduism talks about ‘dharma’(doing what is right), ‘yoga’(discipline), and ‘karma’ (consequence of the choice we make).
Taoism talks about the ‘path’ or ‘the way’.
Confucianism talks about ‘Jen’(benevolence), ‘Yi’(righteousness), ‘Xin’(honesty, trustworthy), and ‘Hsiao’(love).
Different types of Coaching
Let us deep dive and learn more about Coaching as described by Laura, Karen, Henry and Phillip in their book ‘Co-Active Coaching’.
Four Cornerstones of Coaching
Three Principles of Coaching
Five Contexts of Coaching
Popular Coaching models:
The Mediocre Coach tells, Good Coach Explains, Great Coach Demonstrates and Best Coach Inspires.
What is Agile Coaching?
Agile coaching a dual flavor of Coaching and Mentoring. It’s journey of helping an agile team in the context of improving and understanding of their agile discipline. Agile Coach need to understand the essence of Agile Manifesto values, principles and Scrum guide. Agile Coach need to balance in ‘doing the Agile’ and ‘Being the Agile’, doing 20% and Being 80%. Agile Coach is a Servant Leader. Apart from the coaching, Agile Coach need to play various roles such as Mentor, Facilitator, Teacher, Problem Solver, Conflict Navigator, and Collaboration Conductor as the situation demands.
ICF Philosophy of Coaching
Consulting vs Training vs Mentoring vs Coaching