Coaching is one of those terms people use, in a variety of contexts, and apply very different meaning to it. Outside of the sports world, coaching is frequently preceded with “life”, “executive”, “business”, or “health”. In each of these cases, the coach works with an individual, or a group, to take steps to overcome some issue. The issue might be dealing with stress, growing your leadership, starting a business, or losing weight. The coach will typically take 1 of 2 approaches to helping the client. The first approach is the coach shows the client how they can be successful, based on the coach’s experience. This can be effective, but a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for every client. If I tell a client I lost 10 pounds by eating Subway sandwhiches every day, that will work for some people, but what about the people who have a different metabolism than I do? How does that approach help the people who won’t go into a Subway at all? The second approach, is for the coach to help the client develop their own plan. I believe this approach works well, because the client is more likely to be invested in a plan they create for themselves. The coach is there to ask questions to help the client consider their options and formulate action steps that will help them accomplish their objective. If you’re an IT professional wanting to develop as a leader, or wanting to grow your leadership, why not work with a coach to help make that transformation?
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