Coaches: Dr. Wendy Ward & Dr. Destiny Chau
UAMS currently uses the International Coaching Federation (ICF) definition:
Coaching: Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
A core philosophy of coaching is that the “coachee”, or client, is innately capable, creative and resourceful.
Coaching is not Mentoring
A coach develops awareness within the individual, and provides support while challenging the individual to reach their maximum potential. A coach is not a mentor, a sponsor or a therapist. Mentors have subject matter expertise in areas which they mentor and provide advice, skills, observation with feedback, and more. Sponsors take the extra step to ensure sponsorees receive opportunities and roles to foster promotion. Therapists focus on pre-existing traumas and use different skill sets for coping and resolution. Coaches are different in that they do not drive the trajectory of coaching, and outcomes are client-driven. Coaches utilize active listening, reflective techniques, insightful questioning, and thought-provoking discussion to instigate self-reflection and awareness that leads to the client’s personal and professional growth. The coach can be viewed as a change agent for human development.
Remember: coaching is about ACTION!
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