Personal Coaching

Source of image:   Accessed 11th February 2009

At the heart of coaching is the belief that it is about unlocking a person's potential (Whitmore, 1992), facilitating performance, learning and development (Downey, 1999) and that it is collaborative, results-oriented and facilitates self-directed learning (Green and Grant, 2003).   Simplified, it is a realisation that   coaching is about improving the learners performance, which will in turn reap its own rewards as we are helping learners to focus on their goals. Joyce and Showers (2003:78) further support this view by confirming
    ”that it is coaching that has the most impact on the appropriate development use of skills that have sustained impact on the learners learning environment”
Coaching facilitates these skills on an individual basis, by being flexible and reactive to the learners’ needs.
When I reflect back on my role now as a Personal Coach previously we were known as a personal tutor, the role itself has evolved.   Eleven years ago, as part of our Continuing Personal Development (CPD) we were required to undertake a course on Effective Tutoring whereby our role was primarily to provide Pastoral Support to a range of learners.   Today, we talk about the role of the Personal Coach (PC) whereby not only do we provide pastoral support but it is also about empowering learners to make the right choices for themselves, develop   and achieve their aims.   This view is further supported by the work of Paul Levebre (2002) who states,
    ” Coaching is not about teaching a caterpillar how to fly, it’s about creating an opening for it to see the possibility.”
According to (accessed on the 11th February, 2009) there are many benefits to Personal Coaching, which include:
    • Every learner will have time throughout the year to focus on their concerns and priorities and our role is to help move them forward;...