What Other Mindsets Are There? Coaching Core Competency #2

Coaching Core Competency #2: Embodies a Coaching Mindset. 

Coaching is not the only way to approach spiritual development, forward movement, or solution generation, but it may be the best one for many situations. And possibly the most overlooked or misunderstood.

Here are a few ways we talk about it at Bridges Coaching.

1) We define the difference between Coaching and Counseling, Mentoring and Consulting. They all have their place. They all can be healthy. And they all are different.

In a nutshell:

  • Counseling is more diagnostic and prescriptive, it helps people deal with their past as it affects their present. Coaching may help people to uncover what has been holding them back, but it is a joint process rather than a professional reading the situation and determining how best to move forward.
  • Mentoring is more like apprenticing. It is a passing off of a skill or helping another person experience something common for the caregiver.
  • Consulting is bringing in an expert for their opinion.

The Coaching Approach is different. 

  • Coaching is a set of conversational tools that are used to come alongside a person as a thinking partner as they choose a focus or goal to move toward, helping them identify obstacles and determine next steps.

2) We also recognize and honor and progression of Telling > Teaching > Training > Trusting. 

There is certainly a place for each of these steps.

  • Telling is for someone who doesn't know something, think of a child being told to look both ways before crossing the street or a new employee needing to understand expectations.
  • Teaching is a way to pass along how to do something. It is skill-focused or knowledge-based. 
  • Training is offering experience to learn how to do something new.
  • Trusting is a passing off of responsibility. 

Coaching offers the person being coaching the honor of discovery. It recognizes the Biblical value of free will and the New Testament's direct connection between God and man, rather than the Old Testament's need for a priest to advocate, or hear from God for others.

Coaching partners with the client as both the coach and client invite the Holy Spirit to direct the conversation and the next steps moving forward. 

Proverbs 4:11 says, "I am guiding you in the way of wisdom, and I am leading you on the right path." 

Coaching helps discern that path. 

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