What is Coaching

Different definitions of Coaching

There are multiple definitions of coaching and many different practices. The most frequent definition consists ofin approaching it as the art of accompanying a person or group of persons in their professional and relationship context to help them find their own solution to a certain problem, through a series of conversations.

Some examples:

*Coaching is the process of accompanying a person based on his(her) personal needs for the development of his(her) potentiality and know how. 
(Société Française de Coaching - French Coaching Association)

*The process of coaching helps the client to define and achieve his(her) professional and personal goals in the quickest and easiest manner.     
(International Coaching Federation, USA)

Coaching is a method that allows a person or a group of persons to examine or question what they do and their relationship with their surroundings or environment. This questioning is carried out through another person, the coach, who acts as a mirror and facilitates the process.
(Instituto de las Relaciones Humanas, Francia - Institute of Human Relations, France).

* Coaching is the Art of helping someone discover his(her) own solutions by himself (herself).
(Academia del Coaching, Francia - Coaching Academy, France).

* Ontological Coaching is a type of conversation that a coachee holds with an

ontological coach based on the express request by the former who considers that there are certain results which matter to him(her) and he (she) is not finding the resources to achieve them; the conversation provides the possibility of respectfully challenging his(her) ways of thinking, acting, and relating with the persons with whom he(she) interacts on a daily basis (clients, co-workers, employees, suppliers, etc.) with the aim of facilitating the access to extraordinary results.
(Crear Contextos Consultora, Argentina - Create Contexts Consulting, Argentina).

* The coach serves as a link to organizations or individuals to express and liberate their entire potential and put it into practice for the purpose of obtaining more efficient results in their personal and professional life.
(Joseph O' Connor).

Benefits of Coaching.

Coaching offers multiple benefits, but the most important one is that it offers people the possibility to fully enjoy their life, in accordance with the standards that they themselves define.

Coaching also provides :

a) An alignment and internal balance of the psychological, spiritual, and personal factors, to reach a full understanding of your own nature and who you are. 

b) Clarifying your objectives and goals, by recognizing your beliefs and values.   

c) Designing your own strategies and paths towards achieving those objectives, through the knowledge of your skills and performance.   

d) Creating feedback mechanisms to be able to realize improvements onyour behavior.  

e) Allowing enjoying the achievement of your objectives to give a sense of well being to your life.    

Coaching Contexts

a) Professional Context

In this context, the purpose of coaching is to develop the potential of the person so he(she) achieves his (her) goals and objectives. The coaching helps the coachee in his (her) progress with more efficiency, less waste of energy, trying to ensure the deserved sense of well being.

It approaches problems of workers, executives, and directors. The problems are diverse: loss of motivation, change of work, lack of time, difficulty in organization, tense hierarchical relationships, loss of information, poor team communication, inappropriate organizational chart, lack of leadership, etc.

b) Personal Context

Personal coaching deals with sentimental, family, and professional problems from the coachee’s own experience.

Firstly, the coachee ’s concerns are identified, his(her) beliefs, objectives, prejudices, creativity, etc. The communication facilitates the discovery process which has to arise from the coachee himself(herself) allowing an openness towards his(her) problems and especially for their resolution.