10 Things Business Coaches Can Do to Help Repair the Industry’s Image

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3 Replies to “10 Things Business Coaches Can Do to Help Repair the Industry’s Image”

  1. Tania

    These points are all so valid and it is somewhat frightening that there is a need to make them, especially the last one. That there is such a need indicates to me that there are ‘coaches’ who do not act with highest integrity. Point 7 though requires clarification; coaching is not about teaching, that’s mentoring. Coaching is the art of asking questions such that the coachee gains “in-sight” and is able to access answers they have residing within them but hidden from their view. As such, the practice of coaching does not require the coach to have experience in what the coachee has asked for coaching on, it requires that the coach is trained and experienced in coaching! Experience in the coachee’s field or topic of exploration would only be required if the coachee has also requested mentorship. Coaches must be clear on this distinction as part of repairing the industry’s image.

    1. Nicole Huffman Hollins[ Post Author ]

      Thank you for reading and responding, Tania. You raise a valid point about the mentoring. That is something that coaches should make clear to their clients. I think part of the problem is that they muddy the waters and it leaves clients confused as to exactly what they should be receiving.

  2. Tania

    These points are all so valid and it is somewhat frightening that there is a need to make them, especially the last one. That there is such a need indicates to me that there are ‘coaches’ who do not act with highest integrity. Point 7 though requires clarification; coaching is not about teaching, that’s mentoring. Coaching is the art of asking questions such that the coachee gains “in-sight” and is able to access answers they have residing within them but hidden from their view. As such, the practice of coaching does not require the coach to have experience in what the coachee has asked for coaching on, it requires that the coach is trained and experienced in coaching! Expereince in the coachee’s field or topic of exploratrion would only be required if the coachee has also requested mentorship. Coaches must be clear on this distinction as part of repairing the industry’s image.

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