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Coaching Definition

According to Karen C Wise in her attempt to define coaching she had to settle for 10 definitions, and I will adopt these definitions as follows;

  • Coaching is about “Unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance.  It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them” (Whitmore 2003).
  • Coaching is “A collaborative, solution focused, result-orientated and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of work performance, life experience, self-directed learning and person growth of the coachee”  (Grant 1999, basic definition also referred to by the Association for Coaching, 2005).
  • Coaching is “A professional partnership between a qualified coach and an individual or team that support the achievement of extra-ordinary results, based on goals set by the individual or team “(ICF, 2005).
  • Coaching is “The art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another” (Downey, 2003).
  • “Coaching is directly concerned with the immediate improvement of performance and development of skills by a form of tutoring or instruction”  (Parsloe, 1995).
  • “Coaching psychology is for enhancing well-being and performance in personal life and work domains underpinned by models of coaching grounded in established adult and child learning or psychological approaches” (Special Group of Coaching Psychologists, part of the British Psychological Society).
  • “Coaching is about developing a person’s skills and knowledge so that their job performance improves, hopefully leading to the achievement of organizational objectives. It targets high performance and improvement at work, although it may also have an impact on an individual’s private life. It usually lasts for a short period and focuses on specific skills and goals.” (CIPD 2009).
  • In coaching “Psychological skills and methods are employed in a one-on-one relationship to help someone become a more effective manager or leader.  These skills are typically applied to a specific present-moment work-related issues… in a way that enable this client to incorporate them into his or her permanent management or leadership repertoire” (Peltier 2010).
  • [Co-active] coaching is “a powerful alliance designed to forward and enhance a life-long process of human learning, effectiveness and fulfilment”  Whitworth et al (2007).
  • “Coaching is about enabling individuals to make conscious decisions and empowering them to become leaders in their own lives” (Wise 2010).

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