Coaching Description


Coaching is a one-to-one activity with the person being coached.  It has the purposes of…

  • increasing skills competency
  • augmenting cognitive understanding
  • enriching spiritual well-being
  • discovering and setting goals

Coaching begins with a discovery session with the persons being coached to determine his or her current levels of competence in relevant areas, understanding of the tasks at hand, spiritual well-being, and desired goals.  This assessment includes the coach’s observations as well as the answers the person being coached provides to questions asked by the coach.  It may also include the use of surveys, questionnaires, or other assessment instruments with interpretation by the coach.

The coach helps the person being coached by helping them set goals and strategic plans, examine the current reality of the situation, brainstorm new options, and select and define measurable actions to undertake in order to achieve the goals.

The coach’s main skills are asking good questions and listening well.  The coach’s main resource is his or her own experience coupled with staying current on academic and practice developments in the areas being coached.  The coach’s main discipline is holding the person being coached accountable to their (the person being coached) stated goals and selected actions.  The goal of the coach is not to impose his or her goals or course of action upon the person being coached, but rather to help that person clearly state their goals and select appropriate actions to which they can then commit.


  • One-to-one interaction:
    • Probing questions
    • Active listening
    • Brainstorming
    • Assessments
  • Co-active coaching – the person being coached considers and establishes goals
  • Help in values identification and clarification
  • Task-focused activities:
    • Strategic planning
    • Goal setting
    • Option expansion
    • Reality checks
    • Accountability for progress
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