What Coaching Really Is

June 16, 2015 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

It sure is frustrating when people who know little about the situation are directive and dismissive. This is what normally happens with “friends” “giving advice” on work/professional situations.
Very often people need to talk out ideas and strategies, brainstorm options, sort possibilities, and bounce off ideas, and evaluate with someone else. I agree: that is more what coaching is. Thanks for clarifying.
Sometimes people do need training or information from someone more knowledgeable.

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Free Advice Chalk IllustrationA friend called me recently to get some help with a work situation that was driving her crazy.  “Do you want advice or do you want me to coach you?” I asked.

“Aren’t they the same thing?” she replied.

No.  They aren’t.

Coaching—or what you might know as Life, Business, Executive, or Leadership Coaching—has been around for about 30 years now.  Although many people understand generally what it is, there are still some misconceptions out there.  So what’s the difference between getting advice and getting coached?

The main difference is this: it’s not a coach’s job to give advice. No coach is smart enough or has the depth and breadth of knowledge to give perfect advice all the time.  Truth is, most people don’t want advice.  Even when the person being coached says “Tell me what you think I should do,” nobody really wants to be told what to do.

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