What is Coaching?

What is coaching?

Whether you’re stuck, transitioning, dreaming, or trouble-shooting, coaching can be a catalyst to getting you or your organization to where you want to be!

Coaching is the art and science of partnering with a client in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. A professional coach helps the client identify a goal for this partnership and move toward it with more than just another action plan. A professional coach uses active listening, powerful questions,  assessments, and other skills that have been verified by the ICF (International Coach Federation).

While coaching can be done in person, your coach does not need to be local to be effective. In fact, most coaching is done by telephone or live Web platforms.

A coach is not a mentor, adviser, or therapist. She will not tell you what to do. Instead, she will partner with you on a journey of discovering values and strengths, gaining new awareness, visioning, and unlocking potential with the resources you already have.

What keeps you up at night?

The call to follow Jesus and join him in his work is at once exhilarating and challenging. What burden are you carrying as you walk in your calling to lead and serve?

  • Too much work, too little time?
  • Too much work, too little money?
  • Big vision, no budget?
  • How to launch your church or nonprofit well?
  • How to lead your church or nonprofit in a new direction?
  • Lack of support for your vision from your board or constituents?
  • Lost in navigating red-tape and bureaucracy?
  • Personal or team moral? Burnout? Discouragement?
  • Staying healthy: physically, mentally, spiritually, relationally?
  • Juggling life and work?
  • Stuck and can’t seem to move forward?
  • Staff/team conflict?
  • Critics?

Coaching can help you and your organization:

  • Find creative solutions to roadblocks
  • Increase your capacity to fulfill your mission
  • Discover new ways to leverage resources you already have
  • Identify and maximize your strengths for greater impact
  • End procrastination and improve execution
  • Navigate transitions
  • Inspire creativity and innovation
  • Refine and focus your vision, mission, and purpose
  • Set and achieve goals
  • Create and implement systems
  • Build and strengthen teams
  • Achieve healthy rhythm in life, work, and calling
  • And so much more!

How to find the right coach

Look for a coach who is certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). This is our profession’s self-governing body which sets and maintains the ethical and professional standards for coaching. Coaching is not currently a regulated profession, so anyone may call themselves a coach, but having the ICF credential verifies that your coach has been trained by an accredited institution, abides by the ICF Code of Ethics and standards, has a significant number of professional coaching hours logged, and receives regular mentor coaching.

Ultimately, you will want to choose someone who is ICF certified, and with whom you feel comfortable. If you would like to explore the possibility of coaching with me, schedule a free Right Fit call today. I’d like to learn more about your hopes, vision, and challenges and how I might help. No hard sell. Just a conversation that’s all about you.


Published by Jeannette Scott

Missional communication coach, author, minister, daughter of God. My life mission is to live with passion for Christ, his servants, and his great commission. If you like hanging out in Lancaster County bookstores, quilt shops, coffee shops, or dog parks, we may have already met!

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