What is Personal Coaching?
Put simply, coaching is a conversation, or series of
conversations, one person has with another. The
person who is the coach intends to produce a
conversation that will benefit the other person (the
coachee) in a way that relates to the coachee’s
learning and progress.
If someone acknowledges the following to be true after
a conversation, then they would probably accept that
it was coaching:
The focus of the
conversation was primarily themselves and their
thinking, actions and learning benefited significantly
from the conversation
were unlikely to have had those benefits in thinking
or learning within that time frame if the conversation
had not happened.
Where does coaching come from?
The most recognized forms of coaching come from the
sporting world. The figure of a sports coach
working alongside top athletes is accepted without
For example – Roger Federer’s coach can’t play tennis
like Federer does and yet he plays a vital role in
improving Federer’s game. So why does Federer
get help from a lesser player? The reason is quite
simple: Because coaching is proven to work. It
improves the results an individual is creating. A tennis
coach needs coaching skills more than they need to be
a good tennis player themselves.
By applying the principles of observation and
feedback, sports coaches can make the difference
between a world beater and an also ran.
The same principle applies in business. Coaches
work alongside individuals to help improve their
performance at work, regardless of whether or not they
could do that work themselves. What a coach can do
is to help someone see opportunities for
improvements as well as practical ways
Extract from “The Coaching Manual” by Julie Starr.
Manual: The Definitive Guide to the Process,
Principles & Skills of Personal Coaching