The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as:
“partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”.
“Coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole”.
-> a professional coaching relationship exists when coaching includes a business agreement or contract that defines the responsibilities of each party.
. Who for
Coaches work with people who want support in their jobs, their projects, or their personal development. They work with individuals and with teams who are looking for the best ways to get things done.
-> for individuals and teams who are truly engaged to achieve their goals.
A coaching partnership offers a confidential space to explore ideas, problem-solve, and establish a realistic, clear plan of action to reach desired outcomes.
-> a coaching project usually takes place on 2-6 sessions, a coaching session lasts between 25 and 45 min, coaching can be face-to-face, by telephone or by video conference.
-> coaching contracts and rates are individually negotiated, usually for two, three or six month blocs of time for a lump sum.
-> the client is completely in charge of the frequency of encounter within the guidelines of the contract and the client is completely in control of the substantive aspects of the coaching.
-> extension of the coaching relationship is by mutual agreement.
The benefits of professional coaching are numerous: fresh perspectives on challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out chosen work and life roles.
–> coaching it is the best way to get help while keeping one’s autonomy of decision.