Professional Development coaching is:

  • A series of conversations that focuses on individual growth and development.
  • A process that both parties enter into willingly with clear expectations and agreements on how the process will work.
  • A relationship or partnership where anything may be asked, said or considered.

We describe professional development coaching as a series of guided conversations that enable the “coachee” to discover and implement professional and personal solutions to move towards the coachee's goals. These solutions, because they are intrinsic to the “coachee,” are more likely to succeed and endure than solutions imposed externally.

Coaching is not...

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Giving advice, being the expert or having the answers
  • Counseling
  • Fixing people
  • Doing it for them
  • Policing or getting people to work harder
  • A close, personal relationship
  • A replacement for supervision or management

Coaching is...

  • Listening in a profound way
  • Asking questions that cause new thinking and possible actions
  • Allows for critical thinking
  • Hearing limitations in the other person’s speaking
  • A place where people can think out loud
  • Getting the most value and learning from an experience
  • Acknowledging people for who they are and what they produce
  • Generating possibility and keeping it alive
  • A way of allowing people to change how they relate to something
  • A place to experiment and play with ideas
  • Confidential
  • A supportive relationship
  • A structure for making things happen