Why are coaches needed? 8 uncomfortable questions about coaching

White collar workers, entrepreneurs, developers, and leaders seem to have a personal coach and therapist around them.

Only here for uninitiated people it is not clear – is this a tribute to fashion and “the king is actually naked” or is it a working instrument. Let’s try to figure it out.

We have collected 8 uncomfortable questions that are often asked about coaching and tried to answer them succinctly and clearly.

“What is coaching? Just simple!”

Coaching is a cooperation between a coach and a client aimed at achieving the goals of the latter. This implies that the stated goals exceed its current capabilities and cannot be achieved with the help of habitual behavioral strategies. Coaching is needed when circumstances, internal discomfort and dissatisfaction force a person to change their behavior in order to get different, new results.

Coaching is one of the methods of developing people along with training, mentoring, consulting, psychotherapy. The client meets with the coach with a certain regularity at the coaching sessions, works out what interferes with getting the result and moves towards the goals.

“Why a coach if there is a psychotherapist?”

In coaching, the focus is on the future. How to take a resource from your goals, dreams and desires and use it to solve specific problems today. Psychotherapy is more about the past, getting rid of traumas that prevent you from moving forward. After they have been worked out, a resource appears that can be used today.

Therefore, psychotherapy and coaching work on different levels. It can be roughly divided as follows: coaching about drive, motivation, goals, quick results. Psychotherapy is about depth, knowing yourself, your strength and limitations.

“Why does coaching work? Explain without water”

Our personal difficulties – complexes, limitations, fears, internal conflicts affect how we behave and what results we get. A person learns, working with a coach on a task, to be aware of what is limiting him. Begins to act differently and gets new results.

Coaching is filled with techniques and practices based on scientific experience about the work of the human brain, learning and development of adults. They help to define the current limitations of a person and to remove them.

“Who is responsible for the result? I pay specific money, but the result will be specific?”

Responsibility in coaching – 50% lies with the coach and 50% with the client

The coach is responsible for creating an environment in which he can quickly move towards his goals and resolve his doubts. The client is responsible for following a plan that will be outlined with the coach.

When this is the case, the client gets the result and, therefore, the responsibility for it is shared in half with the coach. It can be tempting to completely delegate your results to other people, but unfortunately this is not the case.

“Who can’t a coach help? For example, a traumatologist cannot help a patient with kidney problems”

A coach will not help a person who believes that he does not affect what is happening in his life, blames the circumstances for the failures. Someone who is not ready to take responsibility for their results. And for those who need professional psychotherapeutic help, for example, during depression.

“Can a coach do harm? As a doctor who misdiagnoses and prescribes the wrong treatment?”

A coach can only be harmful if he starts working outside the coaching area. For example, without a psychological education, use psychotherapeutic tools. Or, taking on the role of a mentor, he will begin to lead a person to decisions that he himself considers correct. As a result, a person can make a decision with which he internally disagrees.

“How to make sure that you are a real coach, and not a graduate of 3-week courses with ambitions?”

Here’s what to find out before starting work:

  1. Does the coach have an education accredited by international coaching associations: ICF, ICC, IAC, WABC, ICU and how many hours did it last. The minimum amount for obtaining a diploma is 128 hours (ICF) and passing the exam according to the international standard.
  2. How many hours of experience a coach has with clients, the price will depend on it. At MostCoach, we believe that a coach needs experience with at least 50 clients in their topic in order to consistently help clients achieve the desired results.

“What are the real results from working with a coach?”

From a few real results of the MostCoach project:

  • Increase the entrepreneur’s income by 2 times in 2 months of working with a coach;
  • Change of profession and feeling “in the right place”;
  • Exit from hiring to your business: personal income quadrupled in a year;
  • Change of unloved job, gaining peace of mind and confidence in the future;
  • Finding a balance of work and personal life by the leader of a large business.

Coaching inspires, opens up interest, motivation, helps to understand yourself and your needs, to see new opportunities. Make time for yourself, after all.

So, if you are in the mood for your own development, consider coaching as one of the possibilities!