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According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), coaching and mentoring are both development techniques based on the use of discussions to enhance the skills, knowledge or work performance of an individual. Coaching is a non-directive form of development where a trained coach, using advanced listening skills and by asking insightful questions, pulls ideas, suggestions and plans from the coachee. Mentoring uses the same skills but is generally used to describe a situation where a more experienced colleague uses his/her greater knowledge and understanding to support the development of another.
The fundamental objective of coaching is an alliance between the coach and the coachee which serves the coachee’s agenda. Responsibility for finding the solution to a problem remains firmly with the coachee; the coach is simply there to support the coachee in his/her exploration of the options.
How can being coached help you?
Where do ideas and insights come from? Occasionally, very occasionally, they appear as if from nowhere in eureka-type moments. More often than not however, you have ideas or realisations when you’re talking through a problem with a friend or colleague. In these moments, you’re not being coached exactly but having the opportunity to process your thoughts and reflect on your situation allows those ideas and insights to come.
Imagine then that the person you’re talking to is a trained coach with highly-developed questioning and listening skills and no other interest than to support you in achieving your goal. And in the event that your problem is related to health and safety, imagine if your coach is highly-experienced and so can empathise with your situation and share their experiences too.
Michael Emery is a qualified coach accredited with the Academy of Executive coaching (AoEC) in London and this is what he does. Michael is able to use his coaching skills to help you in a variety of ways. For example: –