Coaching Questions and Answers What is coaching? Coaching is the solution of personal or work-related problems or challenges that is tailored to the individual needs of a client. The coach is responsible for posing targeted questions, for making useful summaries of statements made by the client, and for following a distinct coaching process; the client is responsible for finding his own unique solutions related to his situation. This approach distinguishes coaching from consulting: A consultant provides his solutions to a client. Coaching may turn into consulting if that is the explicit wish of the client and if the coach can provide a specific professional solution that is rooted in his work experience. A coach will make the client aware of this move from coaching to consulting and will seek his explicit concurrence for such a step. What is systemic coaching? Systemic coaching is a method that supports the client in activating his own existing strengths and resources and in applying them to solve his problem. Systemic means that not only the immediate aspects influencing a client are of importance but that the context that informs his situation – the “system” - has to be considered as well. A systemic coach carefully explores the interdependency between the system and a client for the purpose of making existing resources available to the client. How useful is coaching? A coach accompanies a client during personal and professional change processes. Coaching is useful for anyone who wishes to obtain support during trying times or professionally challenging situations; anyone who aspires to achieve meaning in his life or who wishes to live more in sync with his values; and anyone who seeks to further develop his personality. Coaching supports people who wish to consciously take charge of their lives. A coach is sparring partner, active listener, provider of feedback, shaper of processes, and inspiring motivator. What can coaching achieve? Coaching offers an opportunity to assess problems from different angles and thus can contribute to clarifying a wearying situation for a client. It is an effective method that supports self-reflection. In a safe, trusted, and respectful environment, individual roles can be reviewed, response mechanisms can be questioned, and personal aims and objectives can be identified and agreed to. By working in a resource-oriented manner, the client learns about and reactivates his personal strengths and competences and thus expands his unique toolbox for solving his own problems. He then can find fitting solutions for himself. What does it take for a coach to be competent? The job title “coach” is not yet legally protected. Therefore it is advisable to check for the following professional skills to guide your selection process: Formal certification as systemic personal, business or team coach from a recognized institution; Scientific background and proof of psychological knowledge; Extensive professional experience in working with people and in areas of your interest; Personal maturity and life experience; A high level of emotional and social intelligence; Discretion, trustworthiness, integrity, and sympathy; Transparency and financial accountability; References. What is the difference between coaching and therapy? Coaching is focusing on solutions and on better addressing future challenges. It supports the client in finding his own solutions to a current problem whereby he positively “re-programmes” his response patterns to better address situations that may occur in the future. Therapy is focusing on problems, symptoms, and the past. The aim of therapy is on improving the client’s health and on freeing him from medical symptoms. What does „solution-oriented work“ mean? Coaching is focusing on finding solutions. By doing so, the client is able to identify options that he can reflect upon positively. Every problem already contains elements of a possible solution.  What are resources? Every human being has competencies and abilities at his disposal that allow him to constructively deal with wearying circumstances in live. These are capabilities the client experiences as helpful within a specific context. Resource-oriented work aims at focusing the client on his strengths, abilities, and options and to assist him in developing and activating needed resources for particular circumstances that will enable him to consciously apply them to his own solutions.
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