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Blog Post: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect.
Dedication to your own leadership and success is the number 1 reason you need a coach.
In much of the corporate and business world, coaching is still widely misunderstood by people who could really benefit from it. Most people think of sports coaching where the coach is telling the athletes what to do and often yelling at them with the idea of driving them forward. Executive or Business Coaching, on the other hand, is completely different. Coaching is counter-intuitive.
In the workplace, whether corporate, business, nonprofit, or government, the terms coaching and mentoring are often used interchangeably. Again, the two are near opposite to each other.
In the International Coach Federation, ICF, the definition is, “a strategic partnership in which the coach empowers the client to clarify goals, create action plans, move past obstacles, and achieve what the client chooses.”
To dig deeper into what this definition means, consider the ICF testing process for credentialing as a coach. The ICF publishes a table that explains how coaching competencies are evaluated giving reasons why credentialing is denied. Here is one thing it says: “For example, if a coach almost exclusively gives advice or indicates that a particular answer chosen by the coach is what the client should do, trust and intimacy, coaching presence, powerful questioning, creating awareness, and client generated actions and accountability will NOT be present and a credential at any level would be denied.”
Bottom line is this, if someone is telling, directing, or advising then they are NOT coaching. If they are telling, directing or advising you they’re mentoring, consulting or educating you.