Coaching is a “vehicle” that can be used to take an important person from where they are to where they desire to be. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them. Performance coaching has a long heritage in Psychology, education and sports coaching and is radical in its approach. It begins with the assumption that people are able to find their own solutions, set their own goals and devise their own strategies for change.
When comparing the role of coach with two other helping roles commonly used in organizations, mentor and the counselor, both may support learning and professional development through work with individuals or teams, but both tend to develop the role of expert, providing the solutions for the client. The coach, on the other hand, adopts the role of a “partner in learning”, working with the client to find their own solutions. The benefit of this approach is that the client is able to internalize changes in behaviors; the learning is not lost when the coach departs. My coaching philosophy is broadly based upon theoretical models derived from “Humanistic Psychology” specifically “Person-Centered Counseling” (Rogers-1961) and “Experiential Learning” (Kolb-1984)