What is coaching?
The word coach comes
from old French, meaning a vehicle
to transport people from one place to another. The very
first use of the word coach in English
occurred in the 1500's to refer to a particular kind of carriage,
a vehicle to transport people from one
place to another. Hence, in a metaphorical sense,
we can say that a coach accompanies a person
to go from his/her current situation to his/her desired
goal. A coach stimulates
a client to move forward and to unleash his/her full potential.
Through the process of coaching clients (or coachees) we
generate new possibilities for action and obtain superior results.
Coaches can act as catalysts, accompanying their clients in
their self-discovery and growth adventure.
1. Is coaching the same as therapy?
Certainly not. Each of them has
different functions, is based on different principles and fulfills
In therapy, one works with patients. In coaching,
we talk about clients or coachees.
In therapy there is a supposition about the patient being ill
or having a problem. In coaching
we start the process firmly believing that the client is healthy,
self-sufficient (although he/she might not know it yet)
and with plenty of resources to
use. The coaching process will serve as a booster to fully exploit
the coachee’s potential and help him/her to reach his/her
goals. Coaching is action-focused
A therapist gives counsel and advice, showing which steps to
make and the path to be followed.
In coaching, coachees set their own path,
and the coach will only accompany
them with a supporting attitude and challenging questions. The
coach will, so to speak, lighten up the client’s own route.
The client will try things out, decide on his/her own and makes
corrections as he/se goes, whenever actions do not lead to the
2. Is coaching something new?
The essence of coaching has its origin
in the art of maieutics used by Socrates. He used to
challenge his pupils by asking demanding questions thus forcing
them to find their own answers.
3. How long does a coaching process last?
It depends on the case. It can take anything between 4-8 sessions spread out over several months.
4. ¿ How long does a coaching session
Anything between 45 minutes and 1,5 hours.
5. Is it possible to coach on the phone?
By all means. It is certainly
possible to coach through distance. The only thing that matters is to
create an alliance between the coach and the client upfront and to
6. What are some typical challenges for coaching?
you want to define ambitious goals
in order to take your destiny (private or business) in you own
time you feel you want to change your present
way of life.
you feel you are stuck and do not know
which way to go.
you realize you need a little push to
take you own decisions and just need someone to listen attentively
without judging you. Whenever you need someone to
hold the mirror for you, so you can see clearly, understand
the situation and decide by yourself what is best for you.