Coaching is just like a coach (as in a coach the vehicle) because it takes you from where you are now to where you want to be – it takes you from the present to reach your goals in the future. But just how exactly does coaching do this?
I have come up with a novel way of describing the coaching journey and what makes for a great coaching relationship. First though, my very alternative description of the coaching process needs a bit of background context.
This summer I went with my husband on a whistle stop motorbike tour round France, covering 2000 miles in a week, dropping into see friends who were dotted across the country. It was crazy and lots of fun and you do get to see a lot, but strange things start happening when you travel on a motorway as a pillion for mile after mile after mile! On one particularly long day we rode due west from a mountain village in the Alps to a picturesque house in the Dordogne, a monster 400 miles. I must admit that I did become a bit trance-like and got locked into thinking about my clients’ coaching experience and my style of coaching in terms of the letter ‘C’. A colleague has aptly described my experience as ‘meditation in motion’. Here goes:
Coaching with Cara, from Confusion to Clarity:
- Current reality
- Capture what’s Critical
- Create awareness
- Comfort zone
- Can do
- (in) Control
On reflection maybe the time I spent musing on the back of a motorcycle wasn’t so much mindless as mindful!