Has Coaching Become Too Technical?

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Alec McPhedran, United Kingdom

Has Coaching Become Too Technical?

I have been researching coaching for a number of years - partly in the hunt for the 'simple but effective' set of tools. The more I read, the more I seem to get confused.
In my early learning of coaching, it was quite straightforward - grow and a set of quality interpersonal skills. The results were successful with my clients and life was good.
I ventured into a level 7 executive coaching and mentoring qualification and fear I am losing the plot. So much so that I have had coaching supervision to get back to what I do best as opposed to what others think we should be doing.
For the majority of jobbing coaches working with middle managers, has coaching become too technical?

  J. Ignasi
Coach, Spain

Coaching Specialities

I wonder if coaching schools are making coaching more complex and less natural as part of their business strategy?
I'm surprised by the increasing number of specialities associated with coaching. I think the objective of this is to open new markets for schools.
Somebody said that when people know how to do something they do it.
When they don't know how to do it they teach it.
Maybe many people want to teach because they don't do coaching...
Knowing how complex it is to be a good coach, I'm not sure all learnings are well focused.

  John Wright
Consultant, United States

Doubt Kills the Warrior

I always listen to prospective clients. If they want help improving their business performance or issues with people at work, I will accept the engagement. If they want me to do their job for them, I ...

  steven zuback
Coach, United States

Response to Alec

Only if you let it become too technical....

  Louise Sparks
Coach, Australia

Coaching is Becoming Technical

Alec, I agree with both J. Ignasi and John Wright. The way I see it is similar to doing my degree: in order to get the qualifications you must learn the theory and do what is required by the assesso...

  Stefania Di Cristofalo
Coach, Italy

Sometimes Coaching has to be Technical

I think coaching school are a business but is also true they are a means to become a professional coach. Obviously it depends on the school. Sometimes coaching has to be "technical" if the client wan...

  ian cockerham, United Kingdom

Has Coaching Got Too Technical?

Remember: coaches need coaching too; every coach has a coach. How long since you the coach had a coaching session yourself? Was it too technical or did it feel 'right' for you? The client is the mea...

  Cynthia Crump
Antigua and Barbuda

Has Coaching Become Too Technical

In my field, coaching is not too technical. I use coaching as a school-based alternative to teacher professional development to complement the traditional training model. From my research, coaching be...

  Stephan Weber
Business Consultant, United Kingdom

Has Coaching Become Too Technical

Alec, an interesting question. For clarity, what do you mean by technical? Looking forward to hearing from you....

  David Smith
Business Consultant, United States

Has Coaching Become Too Technical

If you are connecting coaching to technology then I must say you are right. With changing technology such as internet and smart phone, the work of a business coach increased. A business coach must be ...


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