As I waved Susan off at the railway station (can’t bring myself to say train station, sounds too clunky), she on her way to the CTI Fundamentals weekend www.coaching-courses.com/index.phtml I reflected on why people choose to do the training.
This is from the excellent Business Balls & is a pretty good summary.
“Whatever the reasons for people deciding to work with coaches; whatever the type of coaching given, and whatever results clients seek from coaching, a common feature in all coaching relationship is that coaching is a two-way process.
The two-way partnership is a main attraction for people to coaching. Both coach and client benefit. Personal development for the coach is a huge aspect of learning coaching and all coaches find that they themselves grow yourself, before starting to help others to do the same.
An excellent coach finds out new things about themselves and is on a continuous learning journey. Indeed, becoming a coach means a lifelong quest for personal excellence. For many this quest is the motivation to become a coach in the first place.
Helping clients discover where they want to go and helping them to get there is now a proven methodology, which is fuelling the increasing popularity of professional coaching.
Significantly, good coaches are never motivated entirely by money. The very nature of coaching means that it’s a profession that is centered around ‘making a difference’ and helping people. Focusing mainly on making money generally leads to a lack of concern for the client, with the result that the client exits the relationship, not surprisingly. Happily, coaches who enter the profession chiefly for financial gain leave coaching quickly – which helps to maintain the integrity of the coaching professional reputation.
Common factors and reasons for coaches entering the profession:
- they like people and want to bring out the best in them
- they want to do something more fulfilling in their lives
- they want personal and financial freedom
- their family, friends and colleagues previously turned to them for advice and help – they have natural ‘people’ skills.
Coaching entails helping yourself grow and become more self aware, at the same time, helping others to overcome problems in their lives.”
Good enough for me.