Coaching is the process of helping people and teams to perform at the peak of their abilities. It involves drawing out people’s strengths, helping them to bypass personal barriers and limits in order to achieve their personal best, and facilitating them to function more effectively as members of a team.
Coaching emphasizes generative change, concentrating on defining and achieving specific goals. Coaching methodologies are outcome-oriented rather than problem-solving. They are highly solution focused, promoting the development of new strategies for thinking and acting.
Building awareness and responsibility is the essence of good coaching. The first key element of coaching is awareness, which is the product of focused attention, concentration and clarity. I am able to control only that of which I am aware. That of which I am unaware controls me. Responsibility is the other key concept of coaching. When we truly accept, choose or take responsibility for our thoughts and our actions, our commitment to them rises and so does our performance.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”