Assumptions of Coaching: You Can Change and Develop Yourself

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Francielle Nunes
Entrepreneur, Brazil

Assumptions of Coaching: You Can Change and Develop Yourself

Since the 1960s, human studies, psychotherapy and philosophies rooted in oriental traditions like Zen Buddhism and Taoism created more interest for self-reflection and spiritualism, self-knowledge and humility, valuing, protecting and respecting human beings.

This slowly resulted in an increasing focus in business management on coaching, both of individuals and teams.

Coaching emphasizes the power of the human being to change as well as the importance of continuous self-development through ongoing education. Below are some of the most important assumptions of coaching:
  1. People know more than they think themselves.
  2. People have unexplored resources that can improve their performance.
  3. Asking appropriate, stimulating and objective questions is more valuable than commands and controls.
  4. Every mistake represents an opportunity to grow.
  5. Challenging and achievable goals encourage people to do their best.
  6. Wanting is power.
  7. People are able to change if they wish to.
Coaching is using expressions as "stimulate the best of you" and "your hidden potential" based on auto-reflection in order to improve individual and group performance in the present and in the future.

Coaching believes there will be a continuing relationship between the coachee (passive) and the coach (active), where the latter stimulates and supports the coachee to achieve improvements of his personal and professional life. Through the process of coaching, the coachees will grow and understand how to learn, improve their performance, and increase the quality of their lives.

Source: Conceitos de Coaching (2008), Rosa R. Krausz, Associação Brasileira de Coaching Executivo e Empresarial.

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