The Question Matters

Myths about Coaching, Part 2

Posted in Coaching,Leadership,Next Generation Leaders by treyfinley1008 on July 23, 2010

Again, many thanks 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 individuals and organizations that are looking to grow to the next level and achieve their desired results.

This time, I’d like to invite you to post a comment to this blog post, answering the question, “Which of these myths provided a new insight for me into coaching?”

Myth: People have a set of personality traits that are relatively unchangeable and so coaching must be limited in terms of helping people to change their behavior.

Reality: There are mixed studies on the extent that person’s personality can be changed. However, coaching can enable people to adopt different ways of thinking that in turn empowers them to make positive behavioral changes.

Myth: Coaching takes up too much time to be worthwhile.

Reality: An effective and successful coaching program can be conducted over the phone and can involve an average amount of three sessions per month, each lasting 30-40 minutes. This type of program can be tailored to fit in with a person’s busy lifestyle.

Myth: There doesn’t seem to be a clear definition of what coaching is.

Reality: There are numerous of explanations about and definitions of what Professional Coaching is. My personal favorite is the following definition that has been produced by the International Coaching Federation (ICF): “Coaching is an ongoing partnership that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance and enhance their quality of life.”

Myth: Successful people don’t need coaching.

Reality: Testimonials show over and over again that successful people will actually increase their success by hiring a Professional Coach.

Don’t forget to post your comments about the myths you had that were dispelled!


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