People are naturally creative, resourceful, and whole. They are capable: capable of recovering when things don’t go as planned; and, especially, capable of learning. This capacity is wired into all human beings no matter what their circumstances. In the Co-Active model it is more than a belief- it is a stand we take.
The alternative is a belief that people are fragile and dependent. With that belief, the coaches job would be to guide the client to the safest possible outcome. You can feel the difference. When we take a stand for other people’s natural creativity and resourcefulness, we become champions on their behalf, not worried hand-holders. As coaches, when we assume resourcefulness and creativity, we become curious, open to possibilities, discovering with the client, not dictating.
We expect to be amazed. —Co-Active Coaching
In my view, coaching is not about solving problems, although problems will be solved. It is not primary about improving performance, attaining goals, or achieving results, although all of that will certainly happen, over time in an effective co-active coaching relationship. I believe that coaching is largely about discovery, awareness, and choice. It is a way of effectively empowering people to find their own answers, encouraging and supporting them on the path as they continue to make important life-giving and life-changing choices.
“My overall goal as your coach is to help you forward and deepen the desired improvements in your life.” – Steve Sax