In this essay, the advantages and disadvantages of two core theoretical models of coaching (GROW and Skilled helper model) and one of mentoring (5 C’s mentoring model) will be critically appraised. Coaching and mentoring are not about learning to do something the right way, but are about helping to lead an individual to find their own way of doing it practically and efficiently. Coaching and mentoring sessions are guided with theoretical models, which help focus both the coach and the coachee in attaining desired outcomes for problem situations. However, even with the aid of theoretical models not everyone can coach another person. The first and far most important attribute of a coach is the ability to build relationships with the coachee in that the coachee feels safe and trusting towards the coach, without the capability to interact with the client there may be a lack of progress or motivation.
They have a common aim to help clients formulate and achieve speciﬁc measurable, realistic goals within clear timeframes. (Mullins, 2007) The coach helps the client to identify interference and then to work with it to minimize its impact. Neenan and Palmer (2001: 17) describe the coaching relationship as ‘a collaborative relationship that helps individuals to focus on problem-solving in a structured and systematic way’. Connor and Pokora (2012) argue that cognitive behavioural coaching is useful in enabling clients to self-challenge by questioning whether their thoughts and beliefs are justiﬁed and whether they are helping or hindering the situation. Self-limiting beliefs can be replaced with ones which help rather than impede
It is important to apply a theory of counseling that reflects the counselor as a person. Therefore, when studying the different types of theories a counselor must be able to apply them to these beliefs. “It is probably useful to study all the contemporary theories to determine which concepts and techniques yo... ... middle of paper ... ...tude. A counselors values is a part of them and to be able to identify this allows the counselor to see their values are incorporated into their counseling. The client is the most important part of the equation so incorporating their beliefs and values into the counseling process is of utmost importance.
The behavior therapist is likely to work with a client in identifying therapeutic goals through several means. Identifying therapeutic goals is one of his top priorities because only then can he truly go to work to help his client. He has his purpose in mind: to work through a systematic process to help his client to the best of his ability. The behavior therapist has confidence that the behavioral therapeutic models have been tried and tested. He understands that his focus is on his client’s current problems, specific goals and treatment plan.
The true purpose of coaching is to facilitate a behavioral change through a client’s self-awareness and discovery. The Rogerian approach aligns particularly well with this purpose by allowing the coaching process, itself, to lead the client in discovering his or her own solutions. Self-awareness is achieved through empowerment in this approach. The coach, in this instance, empowers the client to recognize their own capabilities and potentiality. The Rogerian school of thought realizes the client is the expert of his/her experience, therefore, the client is the best judge of his/her reality.
For workplace coaching to be effective a coach much manage the process in order to get the best out of the coachee. Whilst it is the coachee who is going to find their own solutions the coach must have the skills and correct techniques to help this become a reality. The coach must allow a two way conversation to occur where the coachee is encouraged to participate with the use of open questions and active listening. A coach should ideally be allowing the coachee to speak more than being spoken to. The process should be interactive, well structured but fluid enough to revisit certain areas if necessary.
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