Our coaching method or the Co-Active Coaching method is not about solving problems although problems will be solved. It is not primarily about improving performance, attaining goals or achieving results, although all of that will certainly happen over time in an effective coaching relationship. We believe that coaching is chiefly about discovery, awareness and choice. It is a way of effectively empowering people to find their own answers, encouraging and supporting them on the path as they continue to make important life-giving and life-changing choices.
Co active coaching is a form of conversation with inherent ground rules regarding certain qualities that must be present: respect, openness, compassion, empathy, and a rigorous commitment to speaking the through. There are certain assumptions underlying the conversation as well. We assume strength and capability, not weakness, helplessness or dependence. We assume a deep desire to live the best and achieve potential. A coaching conversation has certain beliefs built into it: that every situation has possibilities and that people really do have the power of choice in their lives.
In our view, Co-Active Coaching is a way of being in a relationship and being in a conversation that might be unique in human history. It is a way of communicating that shifts the focal point of the conversation from rank or content to a deeper level of human connection.
Read Atul Gawande’s persuasive argument on the value of coaching in the New Yorker Magazine- the Atul Gawande essay
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