Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change and growth. Sometimes it’s helpful to understand coaching by distinguishing it from other personal or professional support.
Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual's emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways. Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are most often linked to personal or professional breakthroughs and success. Coaching is forward facing. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating sustainable and actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one's work or personal life. The emphasis in a coaching relationship is on action, accountability, and follow through.
Individuals or organizations retain consultants for their professional expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, the assumption is the consultant will diagnose problems and prescribe and, sometimes, implement solutions. With coaching, the assumption is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and actionable frameworks.
A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on his or her own experience. Mentoring may include advising, counceling and coaching. The coaching process does not include advising or counseling, and focuses instead on individuals or groups setting their own agendas and reaching their own objectives.
Training programs are based on objectives set out by the trainer or instructor. Though objectives are clarified in the coaching process, they are set by the individual or team being coached, with guidance provided by the coach. Training also assumes a linear learning path that coincides with an established curriculum. Coaching is less linear without a set curriculum, but focused on your outcomes and growth. You might get some Training with regard to a common languange or culture with your Coach though.
An effective leadership coach is a partner who helps you clarify your goals and then helps you achieve them through detailed planning, action and reflection. Your Empowerment Holdings coach will help you identify your strengths and growth areas and work with you to create a development plan based on your goals. We will be at your side to support and challenge you appropriately, always with your goals in mind. We can be your mental "sparring partner" and a person who holds you accountable.