Coaching is a 100% client-focused conversation
Opening the AgileCoachCamp Norway 2012, we had the pleasure of Jan Georg Kristiansen, ICF-certified Erickson coach MCC and leader of Erickson Coaching Nordic AS (an organisation training coaches and coach trainers in Norway), introduce us to the world of Professional Coaching.
What is Coaching?
He talked about the need for a definition of Coaching, or ICF Coaching as there are so many different uses of the word currently… (Agile Coaching being one of them, we worked on that later) His criteria for a good definition are:
- It should be short
- It should be positive
- It should be respectful to older neighbours like consulting, mentoring, psychology…
He aims at a three-step definition, starting with a very short phrase that, depending on available space, can be elaborated a bit to make it more specific. Definition Jan Georg considered included:
- Coaching is presence
- Coaching is movement
- Coaching is being positive
(ICF) Coaching is a 100% client-focused conversation.(ICF) Coaching is a 100% client-focused conversationwith a lasting effect.(ICF) Coaching is a 100% client-focused conversationwith a lasting effectbecause the focus-person has full controlof their goal, their steps towards that goal and their purpose.
One thing I need to elaborate into my thinking about balance is that he said, to stay balanced you need a keel to stay balanced in stormy waters,
Mapping Authority and Coaching
Jan Georg showed us a map (or scale) ranging from 100% authority (war, I don’t see the other person anymore) along various points in between towards the ideal of 0% authority for coaching (leading to the 100% client-focused conversation defined above).
Authority zone—I know more than you
50/50 zone—friends playing ping pong
Free zone—you have the authority
Discussion during and after the session will lead to multiple posts spinning off from his visit, I’ll try to cover some of it on this blog, and you could follow the #accn discussions on Twitter…
Jan also mentioned the 11 core competences of a coach, you can find them here.
And he gave us a very nice quote “All help is violation”. (I would add that this is only true if you haven’t been asked for help.) That’s why we currently run a session hosted by Johannes Brodwall about Non-Violent Communication….