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What is Coaching?

Coaching is a supportive relationship between the coach and client, with a primary focus on clients achieving their goals, solving problems and making the most of themselves and their opportunities. Coaches are totally devoted to the client’s well-being and success, and are sometimes a sounding board, often a mentor, and at times, a challenger. The Washington Post (2/20/01) used the following words to describe a coach:
Career counselor
Best friend
Personal trainer
New Age spiritualist
Nagging mom
People approach coaches for various reasons, including business concerns, self confidence issues, to get in shape, family and relationship issues, and when their lives are in transition.  Coaching helps people achieve their goals much faster than going it alone. People who are coached often go much further towards a bigger vision than they would have on their own. Simply put, coaching accelerates the personal growth process.

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a relatively new field, focused on helping individuals identify their vision and goals, create a plan, and then put that plan into action. Coaching often takes place over the phone, although many coaches also work in person or even via email. Here follows a very brief history from Fortune Magazine:
"Coaching in its present form began in the 1980s…Thomas J. Leonard, a financial planner in Seattle, was trying to help some yuppie clients figure out what to do with their six-figure salaries and realized that they needed more than just the traditional tax and investment advice. He asked them if they wanted to talk more broadly about life issues, "and they jumped at it," he recalls. "They had no emotional problems; they didn't need to see a therapist. They wanted to brainstorm," he says.

Leonard gave up his financial planning practice and began full-time "life planning" a couple of years later. At some point, one of his clients suggested that he call it coaching. By the late 1980s he was training others to coach. "I had an inkling there was something interesting and powerful about this idea, he says."
–Fortune Magazine, .2000

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