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How does coaching differ from counselling PCoaches help people do any occupational or sporting task more effectively PCounsellors help people understand themselves better to solve personal problems PHaving a coach at work does not mean that you have problems just that you are committed to being better at what you may already be quite good at PManagers who use coaches are as committed to self improvement as sports people PManagers reluctant to use coaches might be afraid of what others will think PThe skills of coaching and counselling are much the same - only the focus is different PPeople use a coach when they really want to excel rather than just get by PPeople who need counselling have difficulty just functioning normally PThose who need psychotherapy simply have a greater degree of such difficulty PIt is becoming increasingly evident that managers will develop more effectively with the help of a coach then just relying on ad hoc experience or courses Coaching skills PCoaching in business has the same objective as in sports - to help high performers reach greater heights PThe coach works with you on your objectives and skills to help fine tune them PAs in sports the coach must understand the game - the context and rules within each corporate culture PCoaching is a mixture of direct advice and questions designed to stimulate thinking POpen ended non-judgemental questions stimulate broader thinking PThis requires listening skills patience sensitive probing and supportive feedback PWhen the people receiving coaching get off track ask them to consider certain implications of their preferred course of action rather than telling them your answers PPose suggestions as questions How do you think this approach would work for you What would be the advantages and disadvantages as you see them PAvoid closing down too quickly on a solution - strive to dig deeper into how the other person thinks by probing with further open questions such as oI wonder
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