What is coaching and why is it worth to take it up?
The roots of coaching are in antiquity. Even Socrates, with the use of well-aimed questions, inspired his contemporaries.
The word “coach” comes from a medieval English word “coche”, which meant “carriage”. More literarily it meant a vehicle, which took people to the destinations where they wanted to be.
According to ICF – International Coach Federation – coaching is accompanying clients on equal terms in a creative process inspiring them to maximalise their personal and professional potential.
In practice this means that the client specifies their personal or professional aim. The coach helps the client to work out the plan of the accomplishment of the aim. Next, thanks to specially matched questions, the coach helps the client to go through the process of change and putting the plan into effect. During this work the coach supports the client and motivates them to act. The assumption of coaching is that the coach knows the questions that they should ask the client, but it is the client who knows the best answers. Thanks to such an approach, the client actively works on their aims, gains more self-confidence and the feeling that they can run their own lives.
In short, coaching differs from therapy in that it concentrates on the present and future of the client, and less on their past. Coaching is more aimed at the action and people who run their lives relatively well and have not got serious psychiatric or personality disturbances.
There are several kinds of coaching, for example:
Life or personal coaching is about personal life. For example: the balance between work and private life, defining life goals, improving relations with family and friends, finding ways to spend free time (hobby, sport etc.).
Career coaching is help in searching or changing a job. It may be defining the client’s assets, their professional experience and ways of looking for their desirable job.
Business coaching lies in reaching professional goals, improving relations with co-workers, defining priorities and strategy in running a business.
Intercultural coaching – is helpful to people who changed their country or city as well as managers and people cooperating with other people, those who have changed their place of work and those who work with foreigners. The aim of this coaching is to alleviate so called culture shock, to gently go through the process of integration with the new environment, understand the differences in people’s thinking and possible cultural differences.
Sessions usually take place once a week or every second week. 1 session usually lasts sixty minutes. The client may do set homework between the sessions.