From day one, coaching focuses on what client want. People come to coaching because they want things to be different. They are looking for change or they have important goals to reach. People come to coaching for lots of individual reasons. They are motivated to achieve specific goals: to write a book, to start business, to have a healthier body.
They come to coaching in order to be more effective or more satisfied at work. They hire a coach because they want to create more order and balance in their lives. Sometimes people want more from life -more peace of mind, more simplicity, more joy. And sometimes they want less -lessconfusion, less stress, less financial pressure. In general, they come to coaching because they want a better quality of life – more fulfillment, better balance – or a different process for accomplishing their life desires. Whatever the individual reason, it all starts with the client.
The term “co-active” refers to the fundamental nature of a coaching relationship in which the coach and client are active collaborators. Inco-active coaching, this relationship is an alliance between two equals for the purpose of meeting the client’s needs.
There are four cornerstones that form the foundation of co-active coaching:
- The client is naturally creative, resourceful, and whole.
- The agenda comes from the client.
- The coach dances in the moment.
- Co-active coaching addresses the client’s whole life.
Source: The co-active coaching model.