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Sample Our Version of Coaching

by lyn christian on November 29, 2009

iStock_000007339734SmallNeil and I both coach for a living. The book we authored together, The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit,  is a manual for self-coaching the entrepreneurial mind. However, I find many people confused by what coaching is and what it is not. Let me help clarify what we mean when we use the word “coach.”

The roots of coaching are probably most directly followed back to the 1980’s, when business consulting arrived on the scene in the form of management and financial consulting.

However, coaching is not consulting. Consulting gives answers and leaves you to do the work.

Coaching draws out answers and stays by your side to hold you responsible to:
· take new action
· continue along a path over time
· learn what’s working
· learn what’s not working
· hold you accountable to what you know
· hold you accountable to grow

The following distinctions may further clarify what we do and do not do as coaches. Can you see why coaching fits within the realms of “self help” and adult learning?

TRAINING – deals with a fixed agenda and instructional design.
Coaching – deals with designing the process and working around the client’s agenda.

MANAGEMENT CONSULTING – deals with providing answers.
Coaching – deals with asking questions and evoking answers from the client’s own wisdom bank.

THERAPY – deals with healing or repairing something from the past.
Coaching – deals with pro-active, motion for now and forward into the future.

COUNSELING – deals with remedial approaches to ameliorating deficits,
Coaching – places emphasis on strengths and achievements and what we can now do moving forward.

MENTORING – is usually career or skills focused, creates future behaviors based on integrating with the wisdom and expertise of someone else.
Coaching – deals with supporting the experiences, expertise and wisdom of the client in all aspects (personal and professional) while making relevant changes.

As coaches, we promise to see your greatness, to hold onto it until you see it.  At that point we’ll help you strategize/plan so you can do something with your genius.  Either Neil or I would love to explore the possibility of being your coach.  Contact us at: neil@thecoachtoolkit.com or lyn@thecoachtoolkit.com and if you are one of the first 25 who reach out, we’ll give you a short consulting session to help you determine if you need and want a good coach.

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About the Author:  Lyn Christian is the founder of SoulSalt, Inc., a coaching and coach training company.  She is passionate about the “free-agent” worker who wants to earn their living and live their lives by doing what inspires them.  Get more information by visiting www.soulsalt.com or contact Lyn directly through lyn@thecoachtoolkit.com.

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