“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious… And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
Prof Stephen Hawking
We’ve looked in a previous post at some aspects of what coaching isn’t. Let’s start to look at what it is.
As I see it, John Whitmore had it about right when he said in an interview that coaching is: “a way of seeing people.” * It’s the implications of this short but deceptively simple phrase that I want to consider today.
The core of coaching At the heart of coaching is the belief on the part of the coach, that individuals have within themselves the resources necessary for developing their expertise beyond their current level of competency. Read that sentence again slowly and really think about what it means in practical as well as philosophical terms.
We’re describing a “way of seeing” and a way of interacting between the individuals in coaching relationships, which have at their core infinite respect for the integrity, wisdom and ability of coachees, at least in relation to their own issues and affairs. Without this crucial attitude being in place, no genuine coaching can take place.