Coaching is often regarded in organisations as “just another tool” and there may be some scepticism on behalf of management as to its value.
Actually, coaching as a way of communicating is also not new. Socrates wrote:
“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think”
Coaching works best when:
- There is a total belief in the potential of the individual being coached
- They are encouraged to believe in themselves
- They are supported in their learning rather than taught.
From my point of view coaching is not a tool, it is a way of being. At best it is a way of being with someone so that they begin to believe in, and progress, their own ideas.
- creating and maintaining the energy and space for them to further their own potential
- encouraging them to take calculated risks,
- challenge their negative beliefs and
- enjoy the thrill of achievement.