Frequently Asked Questions
What is Personal / Life Coaching?
"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, University of Sydney, 2000)
Partnership with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today's uncertain and complex environment.
Coaches honour the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole.
Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to:
- discover, clarify and align what the client wants to achieve
- encourage client self-discovery
- elicit client solutions and strategies
- hold the client accountable.
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while unlocking their potential and improving their leadership skills.
How does Life Coaching differ from other service professions?
Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual's emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways.
Coaching supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes.
These outcomes are linked to personal and professional success. Coaching is future-focused and, while positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome, the primary aim is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in the client's work or personal life.
The emphasis in a coaching relationship are on accountability and follow through.
Individuals or organisations retain consultants for their expertise. While consultanting approaches vary widely, the assumption is that the consultant will diagnose and prescribe, and, sometimes, implement solutions.
With coaching, the assumption is that individual or teams are capable of creating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on their own experience. Mentoring may include advising, counselling and coaching.
Coaching focuses on individuals or groups setting and reaching their own objectives.
Training programmes focus on objectives set out by a trainer or instructor. Though objectives are clarified in the coaching process, they are set by the individual or team being coached, with guidance being provided by the coach. A linear learning path, coinciding with a curriculum,
Coaching is less linear without a set curriculum.