What Style is Right for You?
What is Co-Active Coaching
How is Co-Active Coaching different from counseling, consulting, spiritual direction and mentoring?
Co-active Coaching (Me!)
Co-Active Coaching places the emphasis on the coaching relationship—it is the power created when the space incites, motivates, challenges the client. This is done through creating a safe and courageous space, holding the client’s agenda and designing our alliance. Co-active coaching works from the perspective of knowing the client has the answers. The coach uses powerful questions and intuition to work with the client at locating them.
Co-active coaches KNOW that their clients are creative, resourceful and whole. This gives our clients the ability to be successful by moving forward. The coach walks right along side the client. Co-active coaches help deepen learning and forward action using neuro-transformation. There may be times when the past is discussed, but that would be in service of the client’s bigger life agenda.
In traditional counseling training, it is assumed that something needs to be “fixed”, something is wrong; something is broken, or sick.
In traditional counseling, the past is often explored to determine why things are as they are and how they can be “fixed”. In traditional counseling, the counselor holds the control and power in the relationship.
In general, consultants give advice. They may make observations and suggest different ways of doing something. They tell you what to do based on their expertise in a given area.
Spiritual directors are similar to coaches in that they will often work co-actively with a client in service of the spiritual development and growth. Spiritual directors will also give advice or insight based on their experience, so this part of the relationship can fall into consulting and mentoring. Some spiritual directors provide their services as a part of their regular employment or pastoral duties while many request a fee based on income.
A mentor is someone who provides guidance and insight on a specific topic or profession. It may be a trusted friend, colleague, or someone whom you greatly respect. Most of the time, mentors are not paid. They step into this role because they want to help you and “give back” to the profession or community in which they serve.