The coaching market is becoming more and more complicated with increasing numbers and types of coaches. The offer, skills and experience varies incredibly and can be very disorientating for someone new to the world of coaching. The key question here is how do you increase your chances of hiring the right coach to meet your needs. As someone who has extensive coaching experience and training, I believe that coaching can have a significant impact in the life of an individual in the area of professional and personal growth.
There are many reasons why someone hires a coach and many reasons why we do not. A coach is not for everyone. But, if you are ready for it, a good coach can really help you by assessing your abilities and limiters from the outside and make suggestions on how you can improve. As there are so many unqualified coaches out there it can take time to find the right coach - someone you respect and has the knowledge necessary to assist you. A coach that works for your best...
“Mentoring is a system of semi-structured guidance whereby one person shares their knowledge, skills and experience to assist others to progress in their own lives and careers.” (University of Cambridge)
There are many different definitions of mentoring, which will vary depending on the context, as mentoring can occur in, for example, an education, industry or third sector environment.
Mentoring is not simply advising or passing on experience, it is also about motivating and empowering the person to identify their own issues and goals and work towards resolving and reaching them. Mentoring “tends to focus on the future, and broader skills for personal or career development,” (Skills You Need) (as opposed to coaching, which focuses on current problems). Mentoring is different from coaching if you want to know what coaching is then please read this Liberation Club post.
As a mentee, you are able to achieve and work towards realistic goals in a more...
Coaching is a process that aims to “improve performance” and focuses on the present rather than the future. Coaching is considered by some as “a facilitator of learning,” meaning that they are trained in helping an individual to unlock their own potential, rather than as an expert in a subject.
It also emphasises the difference between a teacher and a coach: while a teacher teaches, a coach will help the individual to learn and improve their performance.
Therefore, a good coach will always believe the individual has the answer to their own problems, but may need help in finding the answer. Coaching involves the belief that “an individual has the answers to their own problems within them.” The key skill of coaching is asking the right questions to help the individual work through their own issues.
“The Inner Game of Tennis” by Timothy Gallwey discusses an “inner voice” that is the biggest obstacle to success, rather than...
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