Will it never be enough how much is spoken or said about what coaching really is so that there are no more confusions or malicious people who appropriate this term for their personal benefit? Answering this question may be hasty, especially if we think from the passion of those of us who are dedicated to this work that represents a lifestyle full of great satisfaction because it allows us to see others grow and also to grow ourselves in our inner journey.
However, the desire to make it clearer and clearer motivates us to write articles like these, in which the simple theory gives us light for a much better executed practice. Much has been said about coaching as a methodology of accompaniment, but it is necessary to understand it more and more.
The first thing is to clarify that coaching is not therapy sessions, it is not games or dynamics, it is not a workshop, nor a compilation of motivational phrases. And although there are techniques in which the right words from the “coach” (who accompanies) should not be missing to encourage the “coachee” (the person accompanied), the reality is that coaching is much more than that.
Thus, coaching, in any of its fields of application, is an action in which the coachee is the protagonist, and the coach is a companion, a facilitator.
Sánchez, in his article “Pedagogical coaching within the educational system: innovating processes” refers that “the tutor acting as a coach must be clearly aware that his action must be oriented to accompany the participant in the development of a process that allows him (Cardona, 2002; Cardona and García-Lombardía, 2009):
- The progressive awareness of their capabilities.
- The making of correct and responsible decisions for the achievement of their goals.
- The constant search for and achievement of personal and professional development.
- Strengthening their social skills and self-motivation.
- The materialization of thought in concrete actions that contribute to the achievement of success.
- The personal autonomy of the participant.
- The adaptation of the person to the physical and social environment in which he/she has to develop.
In the same way, coach Noelia Naranjo affirms that “coaching is a process of accompanying a person who wants to achieve or change something. Helping them to believe in themselves, to enhance their skills, to eliminate limiting beliefs, to increase their self-confidence and achieve the change they are looking for”.
These clarifications arise as a result of the “misinterpretations” that coaching has nowadays, having as main responsible people who merely want to profit with the use of this methodology or even worse, only with the use of this term, but doing anything else.
In this regard, our director Isaías Sharon, explains that coaching is a clear and structured methodology, it is not anything, it is not motivation, nor verbiage. It is not apparatus in country clubs, nor playful moments with novelty games. The companies, unfortunately the minority, that work developing a serious, measurable methodology that allows us to support and manage personal and professional development, are permanently confronted with the prejudice of the bad work of others, and the confusion of anything we can call it in the most convenient way with the aim of selling more.
To know more about this topic, it would be good for you to read this other article “Coaching: don’t let them keep stealing from you”, in which Sharon offers more details about it.
In any case, what is really important is that you understand what coaching is really about, that you investigate how far it goes, what its limitations are, its main benefits and, of course, that you don’t let yourself be fooled.