What is “coaching” and how is it helpful?

The genesis of the term “coaching” comes from transportation.  Historically, a person relied on a “coach” to move them from one place to another.  A term initially applied to the athletic realm in which the “coach” operated with the belief that a person’s body has an innate ability to learn and to perform, the word has evolved to describe the role of a trainer, a “coach,” who assists people in moving from where they are now to where they want to be. The coaching technique rests on the belief that people carry potential within themselves; self-discovery is part of the process. A coach comes alongside a person to confidentially help that person grow toward his or her desired goal by asking powerful questions, facilitating exploration, offering encouragement, and ensuring self-accountability. Coaching is the art of guiding an individual or a group toward the result that they desire. Thus, coaching is action-oriented. Through coaching, the client becomes more proactive, rather than reactive. The field of leadership coaching is widely utilized and highly regarded in the corporate world and has now expanded into a variety of other settings.

Coaching can be helpful in pursuing personal or work-related goals.  It can be used by individuals or by organizations and businesses to assist their employees. In particular, it can be helpful by:

  • Asking powerful questions intended to broaden thinking
  • Clarifying the situation
  • Establishing and prioritizing goals
  • Setting an action plan in motion
  • Learning valuable information about one’s personality
  • Providing a different perspective
  • Giving honest and direct confidential feedback
  • Helping clients achieve mental, physical, and spiritual balance
  • Ensuring positive growth for an organization’s most talented leaders.

When can coaching be most beneficial? 

  • When moving to a new position
  • When implementing change
  • During visioning and strategic planning
  • When dealing with conflict

    Heidi Campbell-Robinson combines her “Coach Approach” training with her exceptional counseling skills and intuition to assist her coaching clients in moving toward their goals. 

    Barbara Nesbitt assists businesses and individuals in identifying helpful strategies to gain forward momentum. She is a Certified Business and Life Skills Coach.

    It is preferred that the coaching relationship begin in person.  Monthly sessions can continue in person or over the phone. Sessions are forty minutes in length. Group coaching is also available. In preparation for coaching, clients will complete a “coaching agreement” form, review the guidelines, and complete a questionnaire. The downloadable forms can be found on this website.

    Coaching offers an exceptional return-on-investment. Give yourself or your staff the gift of coaching!

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