Principles and Philosophies of Professional Coaching Copy

Coaching Maxims and Principles

Typically, good coaches will use and follow these principles:

  • Listening is more important than talking
  • What motivates people must be understood
  • Everyone can achieve more
  • A person’s past is no indication of their future
  • People’s beliefs about what is possible for themselves are their only limits
  • A coach must always provide full support
  • Coaches don’t provide the answers
  • Coaching does not include criticising people
  • All coaching is completely confidential
  • Some people’s needs cannot be met by coaching, and coaches recognise clients with these needs

Coaching Philosophies

• Everyone has a unique model of the world
• Respect other people’s model of the world
• The map is not the territory
• People are not their behaviour
• The answer is always in the individual
• Behaviour is dependent on the context
• All behaviour has a positive intention
• The most important is how a person is behaving now
• Everyone is doing the best with the resourses available
• There are no unresourceful people only unresourceful states
• Everyone has all the resources they need to succeed
• Flexibility of behaviours has the greatest influence
• There is no failure only feedback
• Everyone is a master of their mind and their results
• The meaning of communication is the response you get
• Resistance in a participant is a sign of lack of rapport

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