The International Coach Federation (ICF) as "partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
In simple terms, professional coaching is a form of the learning process, involves one-to-one support (a coach and a learner or 'coachee'). It is a conversation-based approach aimed to develop your attitude, behavior, and knowledge to effectively cope with personal and professional challenges.
In short, coaching helps you CHANGE
This 4 minutes enjoyable video explains how coaching is done and will be benefit for the coachee.
Courtesy : Coach Meg & Wellcoaches
The word coach is derived from the Hungarian word ‘Kocsi’, literally meaning “of Kocs”. It was a small Hungarian town where horse-drawn carts and carriages were once built. The word supposedly became associated with a tutor or trainer because they were seen to guide or carry their student along a path of study.
However, another theory suggests that a wealthy family would take their tutor with them as they travelled in their carriage or coach.
This is also because a coach sits beside the coachee, not pushing or pulling them towards their own goals but helping the coachee with their personal journey of meaningful transformation aligning their vision, passions and highest potential.
The term "coach" was first used around 1830 for an instructor or trainer in Oxford University. It was a slang for the tutors as they "carried" a student through an exam.
The word "coaching" thus identified as a process used to transport people from ‘where they are to where they want to be’. The term was first used in relation to sports in 1861.
‘Coaching is unlocking people’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.’ (Whitmore, 2017).