Top Ten Core Coaching Principles To Win The Mental Game Of Coaching.
What are the core principles
of great coaching? How does a highly effective coach operate with
a client? How does a coach help a client get the most out of themselves?
These answers depend on the coach, the client and many other factors.
This article gives you Bill Cole's top ten core features that all
good coaches have in common.
The Top Ten Core Coaching Principles
To Win The Mental Game Of Coaching
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
"Life is a succession of lessons, which must be
lived to be understood."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
"We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness
in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized,
What are the core principles of great coaching? What does good coaching
look like? How does a highly effective coach operate with a client?
How does a coach help a client get the most out of themselves?
These answers depend on the coach, the client, the venue, the coaching
situation and other factors, but as a starting point, let's take
a look at the core features that all good coaches have in common.
The Top Ten Ways Excellent Coaches Work
Here is what you can do as a coach to facilitate
excellent progress in your clients.
1. Create a safe place for clients to be and to explore themselves.
2. Listen, probe, intuit, have dialogue, search for truth and meaning.
3. Increase the awareness of your clients and their situation.
4. Uncover client goals, desires and hopes, with time lines.
5. Explore possibilities and avenues to these potentialities.
6. Create systems and processes to translate client desires into
regular actions for success.
7. Be a model of how your coaching displays your life philosophies
and ways in the world.
8. Be unconditionally accepting and supportive of clients.
9. Align client values with their goals and their style in the world.
10. Be a broad, deep, potent resource for clients in every way.
Coaching is about a relationship, not about techniques. Coaching
is about trust, integrity and honesty, not about glib directives.
Coaching is about the client's needs and wants, not about forwarding
the coach's agenda. Coaching is about creative exploration of possibilities,
not structuring predetermined systems and pathways. Coaching is
about nuanced, detailed communication, not blanket, quick homilies
and tips. Coaching is about creating a big vision, not just about
fixing problems. Coaching is about evolution and expansion, not
just day to day living.
Coaching is about all this and more.
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help
them to become what they are capable of being."
To learn more about how coach training can help you become a better
change agent, visit Bill Cole, MS, MA, the Mental Game Coach
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Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority
on peak performance, mental toughness and coaching, is founder and
CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps
organizations and professionals achieve more success in business,
life and sports. He is also the Founder and President of the International
Mental Game Coaching Association (www.mentalgamecoaching.com),
an organization dedicated to advancing the research, development,
professionalism and growth of mental game coaching worldwide. He
is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school
alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author
and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league
pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For
a free, extensive article archive, or for questions and comments
visit him at www.MentalGameCoach.com.
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