Coaching is a field that encompasses a variety of niches including but not limited to executive, business, career, relationship, wellness, health, transformation, and life coaching. Coaching is not therapy, consulting, or giving advice. There are no treatment plans. Instead, coaching provides for a partnership between the coach and the client so that the client can identify goals, make forward progress toward achieving those goals, and create shifts in perspective to achieve a more satisfying and enjoyable life. The coach is there to be supportive and collaborative with the client.
The International Coach Federation, which is the world’s leading global organization of professionally trained coaches, defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Coaching works because answers are already within the client. The coach’s responsibility is to create a safe, comfortable, and non-judgmental space for the client, so that the client can think, explore, and access the answers. The coach and the client must be able to trust each other. Other responsibilities of the coach include asking thought-provoking and challenging questions of the client, as well as, asking the client to look at thoughts and statements from different perspectives in an effort to get the client thinking. The coach shows no attachment to the client’s outcome. The client’s responsibility is to come up with goals and be committed to doing the hard work that brought them to coaching. The client may experience discomfort, emotions, and vulnerability during the coaching process and the coach is there to support and provide an environment where the client can feel comfortable creating new self-awareness and making shifts and changes in behavior. The coach and client work in partnership with each other to advance the client’s agenda. There is no hierarchy. The true goal of coaching is for the client to tap into and achieve their unlimited potential. At Meredith Kimmel Coaching, I make every effort to work with each of my clients to achieve the true goal of coaching.