What is Coaching?

It is curious to think that the word “coach” comes from the name of a small Hungarian town called Kocs, where the first coaches were built. We could translate coaching with the verb "to drive", because coaching is precisely a process of facilitation to bring the individual from a starting point, made up of dreams, aspirations, constraints, opportunities, allies, dangers, fears, to a point of arrival. It has to do with the specific goals agreed upon in coaching.


How? Typically a person who meets a coach has a private meeting with him, which can generally range from 50 minutes to two hours, during which the coach asks questions and stimulates reflections.


Remember that the coach is not an expert, he does not tell you what to do, but tries to increase your awareness and stimulates you to action, to do something different.


Some quick definitions to align us on the meanings: Tim Gallwey in his The Inner Game of Tennis, 1974, presented his idea: to maximize an individual's potential it is more effective to facilitate him so that he himself generates his own learning, rather than teaching him something from the outside.


Performance = Potential - Interference


Coaching, in fact, seeks to favor the expression of potential, or individual performance, by reducing interference, the inner game, and all the fears that we usually carry with us.


For Whitmore, the father of coaching, it is a process of unlocking individual potential and maximizing performance.


According to the International Coach Federation (ICF, the largest association of professional coaches in the world), coaching is a partnership with clients who, through a creative process, stimulates reflection and inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.


Do you see? All definitions are based on self-development and potential.


In other words, on the confidence that each of us already has all the resources to grow. Coaching is just a catalyst to ground this potential and turn it into performance.


And how can this development path be launched?

There can be many ways.

  • One-to-one sessions, both of life coaching, which intervenes on the all-round life of the coachee, (the coachee is the person on whom the coach intervenes) and of business coaching, in organizations: the beneficiary is an employee and the objectives are related to his performance. The client is the company.

  • Team coaching, on the other hand, is a one-to-many intervention that a coach addresses to a work group to improve collective performance.

  • But that's not all: when it is not a coach who does it but a manager who is inspired by the principles of coaching, for example by asking questions to his collaborators rather than giving solutions or giving commands, we have performance coaching, where managers try to improve their skills. way of working of its staff.

  • In corporate coaching, on the other hand, we deal with the organization as a whole, for example to create a culture inspired by the principles of coaching, for example useful in the event of impactful organizational changes, the launch of new behavioral models or a new corporate mission.


In short, there are many reasons why the choice to start a distance path can be valid, as well as only the possible areas of application of coaching.

The choice is yours when to start!