Saturday, October 3, 2015

31 Days of Life Coaching - Day 3

31 Days of Coaching - Day 3

What Coaching Isn't

So now we've established what coaching is. As a refresher: 

“Coaching is the art and practice of enabling individuals and groups to move from where they are to where they want to be.”  Gary R. Collins, Ph.D.

Let's talk about what coaching isn't. While there is certainly some overlap between coaching and counseling, mentoring, or consulting, there are important differences. Here are some points of distinction:

  • Coaching isn't counseling - If you're battling depression, anxiety, or anger that's rooted in the past, then a counselor is likely a better fit for you than a coach. A counselor's training is geared toward healing and usually involves expertise in psychology and therapeutic skills. A coach works with you from the perspective of where you are today, using active listening to help you determine where you want to be. 
  • Coaching isn't mentoring - When you work with a mentor, you're usually working with someone who has already been where you are and has gotten to where you want to be. Often this is a person who is older and more experienced in an area you want to grow or change. They can offer their experience to guide you. With coaching, the relationship is a partnership of equals, with the coach helping the client come to their own conclusions on the action steps they want to take toward reaching their goals. 
  • Coaching isn't consulting - Consulting presupposes that the consultant is an expert in the area  in which the client wants to grow or establish new skills. The consultant analyzes a situation and gives advice or prepares an action plan for the client. Here again, the coaching relationship is one of more equal footing. Yes, the coach has powerful assessment tools that can reveal and clarify, but from the results of those tools, the client determines their next steps with the coaching acting as an encourager, accountability partner, cheerleader, and sometimes a challenger. <==Click to Tweet
Next time I'm going to share with you a little about how I was able to move forward with the assistance of my life coach. 

In the meantime, Here’s a Coaching Question for You Today:
What is an area of your life where you could use a coach to move forward? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

And, as always, feel free to ask me your coaching question.

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  1. Always a good idea to counteract preconceptions of what a particular service is not. This helps to make it very clear what it is. Good work --Chris

  2. Of course coaching is not either of counseling, mentoring or consulting. Coaching is the perfect way to help individual to reach at the place they want to be. Not every people are efficient enough to achieve the goal of their life by their own rather they need some external help that only a coach can do. Nice post with clear definition of coaching! I really like to read it.


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