A friend who works as an executive coach was considering the question of why he does what he does and he asked others, “Why coaching?”
I coach people on communicating in the workplace and my answer has two parts:
- why coaching at all?
- why this type of coaching?
Why coaching at all?
Coaching for me is about standing alongside people as they discover something they’d forgotten: they are masters of communication. Coaching is not about imparting information, or about a relationship of superior/inferior knowledge as in the training paradigm. Because of this, coaching is thrilling and moving for both coach and participants. We’re all discovering newly and it becomes a joy and a privilege to participate.
Why this type of coaching?
I’ve thought deeply about this question, and I’ve realised it has little to do with my skills and expertise in the area of communication. What it has to do with is my commitment. I do this type of coaching because I am committed to people being able to say the things they want to say with no loss of power, freedom and ease for themselves or others.
In every area of life, it’s not skill or expertise that carries the day; in every instance, it’s commitment.
Image: Oriental Pleasure Garden, 1925 by Paul Klee