My Personal Perspective of Coaching

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Personal coaching as defined by Biswas – Diener (2009) is a professional relationship in which coaches work with clients to facilitate experiential learning and improve functioning and performance, of in the context of working toward specific goals. Some core assumptions that people have an innate capacity to grow and develop a focus on mutually agreed upon goals, and an understanding that the relationship is relatively equal and collaborative as stated by the author (2009). Some techniques that are in seen during a coaching process include but are not limited to the following list as provided by the author: active listening, the use of powerful questions which are based on broad and open-ended to raise awareness of the client to take stock of their values and resources, cognitive tools are used to reframe negative interpretations, use different types of encouragement tools, and that clients are held accountable (2009). The topics that will be discussed in this paper include what skills do I current have, which skills need to be develop, my comfort level and effectiveness, coaching approaches (including methods and tools), any challenges about coaching and finally how coaching relates to my professional career. Identify existing skills Based on the competency clusters that were discussed by Kouzes, Posner, and Biech I am on my way of becoming a master coach in the following areas communication skills, interpersonal proficiency, and building relationships (2010). An example of my master of communication skills is that of listening. The art of listening involves active listening which focuses on what the client is saying as well as listening for things that are not being said for example talking more about the positives than the... ... middle of paper ... .... Pfeiffer Linley, P.A. & Harrington, S. (2006). Strengths coaching: A potential-guided approach to coaching psychology. International Coaching Psychology Review, 1 (1), 37 – 46 Psychology Today (n.d.). Emotional Intelligence. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/emotional-intelligence Mayer, J. (2009). What Emotional Intelligence Is And Is Not. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-personality-analyst/200909/what-emotional-intelligence-is-and-is-not Motivationalinterview.org (2011). Motivational Interviewing Principles and Approach (4th version). Retrieved from http://www.motivationalinterview.org/Documents/1%20A%20MI%20Definition%20Principles%20&%20Approach%20V4%20012911.pdf Wolf, S. (2005). Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI) Technical Manual. Retrieved from http://www.eiconsortium.org/pdf/ECI_2_0_Technical_Manual_v2.pdf

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