ICF defines coaching in this way.
Professional coaching is an interactive process that helps individuals and organizations improve their performances and achieve extraordinary results. Professional coaches work with clients in all areas including business, career, finances, health and relationships. As a result of professional coaching, clients set better goals, take more action, make better decisions, and more fully use their natural strengths.
One analogy that comes to mind for me is that a coach is like your co-pilot or wing man. As your driving around the city your concentrating on the road, and the traffic. Trying to decide if that car ahead of you is going to stay in their lane.
In coaching, sometimes you let someone else drive your coach. First remember your in charge, so remember your navigation system is set on the destination you decide ,your goal. But now your freed up to actually look around and notice things you didn’t notice before. Your coach can help you notice things your unaware of. Or you can continue to drive and your coach can point things out to you along the way that might be in your blind spot or that you missed because that car did veer over into your lane and you had to react. Either way your on a path together toward your goals. Your now on your own path but with a guide.
If your interested in finding more about my style of coaching please visit my website at www.chuckfranks.com.