What Coaching can do for you
"In every human endeavor there are two arenas of engagement: the outer and the inner. The outer game is played on an external arena to overcome external obstacles to reach an external goal. The inner game takes place within the mind of the player and is played against such obstacles as fear, self-doubt, lapses in focus, and limiting concepts or assumptions. The inner game is played to overcome the self-imposed obstacles that prevent an individual or team from accessing their full potential."*
The coach is not an expert, but a facilitator of learning. There is a huge difference between teaching someone and helping them to learn. In coaching, fundamentally, the coach is helping the individual to improve their own performance: in other words, guiding them to their own learning.
Many business leaders use coaching as a way to enhance their own performance, to easier find solutions to problems, to understand their own strengths and weaknesses, and through this process become better leaders. When coaching teams, the goal is to enhance the understanding and co-operation between the team members, and to increase the motivation and functioning of the team.
But coaching is not only for the corporate world. Coaching can be of use in many stages of life; parenting, kids moving out, saving your marriage, starting your own company, finding your true vocation, becoming an expat, moving back home, aging, finding your own way in a hectic world, and most but not least, finding your own true meaning of life.
*) Morgan, Ted, Oz in the Astrodome, New York Times, December 9, 1973