Coaching in the Workplace

Understanding good Practice in workplace coaching.
1.1 Describe and define the purpose of workplace coaching:
The definition of “Coaching” can be different from person to person, and place to place. To be able to write this assignment, firstly I need to decide what my definition of coaching is. The term Coaching is relatively new in this context lacks as yet official defining standards and means different things to different people. There are many different definitions for example
“Unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is "helping them to learn rather than teaching them,” (Gallwey, 1975); 
“A process that enables learning and development to occur and thus performance to improve,” (Parsloe, 1999);
a flexible process “whereby an individual, through direct discussion and guided activity, helps a colleague to learn to solve a problem or to do a task better than would be otherwise the case,” (Megginson and Baydell, 1979); 
As a recent recipient of coaching from a supervisor at work, I reflected upon my experience and decided that coaching, for me, was a chance (and maybe the first chance) for me to actually look at everything I have done in my life, to evaluate the experiences I have had and what skills I have acquired. At first, I felt quite selfish in doing the activities as they were all about me, me and more me. I soon relaxed into this and actually looked forward to the sessions and found that I was realising my potential and starting to map out a plan for my future.
For the purpose of my assignment I am going to concentrate on coaching as being an enabling activity and experience. In researching this it has helped me gain a better understanding of what is to be expected by my experience, but also to expand my knowledge base upon the subject. I believe that everyone’s definition of coaching will be a different as it is a personal experience and that my idea of this will mainly be a type of reflection upon what I understand,...