What is coaching ?

What is coaching - Lesley Monaghan

Coaching is an effective way to unlock the potential within people


What is coaching?

Tim Gallwey, the world-renowned author and coach of “The Inner Game”, defined coaching thus:


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Coaching focuses on the client’s end goal and helps them identify and implement the actions needed to achieve it. It is based on the belief that the solution to a particular problem, or the achievement of a specific goal or challenge, lies within the individual themselves. It is the role of the coach to unlock those possibilities through effective questioning and active listening.  In particular your coach will…

  • Uncover and clarify what you actually want
  • Facilitate you through a powerful process of self-exploration
  • Help you to generate your own solutions
  • Hold you accountable for your chosen actions


How does Coaching differ from other approaches?

The main aims of professional coaching include setting outcomes and facilitating personal change. Other forms of therapy, for example, counselling, tend to focus on the past and on problems that you have had. They typically require the therapist to take a more directive approach,


What happens in a typical coaching session?

Generally speaking, each coaching session lasts for approximately 45 minutes and can be either face to face, over the telephone or online via Skype or FaceTime. They are always centred on what you or your business wish to achieve through coaching. I always start with a complimentary introductory session to establish whether you feel that coaching is for you and to get to know each other a little more to check that we are comfortable working with each other.


What sort of issues respond well to a coaching approach?

In my experience clients find that coaching is an extremely effective tool for individuals and teams facing when there is…

  • A need to improve individual or team engagement, performance or results
  • An urgent need to respond positively to a challenge, competition or a new business opportunity
  • When there is a work / life balance issue leading to personal or organisational problems