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Myths about Coaching, Part 1

Posted in Coaching,Leadership,Next Generation Leaders by treyfinley1008 on July 20, 2010

Connecting with highly competent and skilled individuals is one of the great things about being in a 37-member cohort for professionals learning how to coach leaders.

Sheila Boysen-Rotelli is a classmate from greater Chicago.  (Ever been to the western suburbs of Chicago?  Beautiful.)  Professionally, she is leading Leadership Development and Corporate recruitment at McMaster-Car Supply Company in the Chicago land area.  She also owns Professional Success Coaching.  Professional Success Coaching provides coaching to individuals and organizations that are looking to grow to the next level and achieve their desired results.

Sheila has written an article in two parts about the myths of coaching.  This succinct view of coaching will be helpful to those of you who are considering coaching, or know someone who is.

Myth: Coaching is for mediocre performers

Reality: Coaching is NOT for mediocre performers. The same reasons why they perform at a mediocre level (late for meetings, consistently unprepared, lack of passion, etc.) in their careers are the same reasons why they would not deliver a strong return on investment with a coach. Professional Coaching is for top performers who want something more in their life (better balance, a bigger title, larger salary, more responsibility, higher level of effectiveness as a leader or presenter, etc.) and want to work with a person outside of the organization to assist them in getting there.

Myth: Coaching is essentially like mentoring, in which clients are provided with advice.

Reality: Coaching does not primarily involve giving advice. Rather, it raises individual’s awareness of their own abilities and capabilities and is based on the assumption that people are naturally resourceful, creative and capable of achieving better results.

Myth: Professional coaching does not produce results.

Reality: Professional Coaching is about getting results! The process of coaching involves goal setting and becoming accountable to the coach as well as to themselves in planning and implementing specific courses of action that lead to the achievement of their desired outcomes.

Myth: The coaching profession is unregulated so there is no way to assess the competencies of a coach.

Reality: Despite the fact that the coaching profession is currently unregulated there are a number of questions that can be and should be explored to assess the competencies of a coach. For example:

  • What are the coach’s qualifications and Certifications as well as what kind of experience and professional background does the coach possess?
  • Would the coach be able to identify a clinical issue and in turn know when to refer a client to a therapist if necessary?
  • Does the coach subscribe to a professional code of conduct (i.e. the International Coaching Federation Code of Conduct)?

Thanks to Sheila for sharing her thoughts on coaching.  Part two coming in a couple of days.  Don’t forget to check out her website!

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  1. […] to Sheila Boysen-Rotelli for responding to some of the myths about coaching that are out there.  Part 1 was posted a few days ago. Sheila owns Professional Success Coaching.  Professional Success Coaching provides coaching to […]


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