Coaching “unlocks a person’s potential to maximise their performance. Coaching helps them to learn rather than teaching them” (International Coaching Community)
This definition of coaching represents what I give to my coachee. Coaching is about “being with” the coachee to establish a learning environment to uncover one’s inner resources necessary to handle life positive and negative moments. As coach I do not solve problems. I accompany my coachee in their transformative journey along which they are going to disclose mostly to themselves their values, life purposes, life dreams, strengths, weaknesses, constraints, and possibilities that affect their actions forward.
Work-life coaching could be seen as one form of coaching where the focus is on the connections between working and living as part of so-called work-life balance so often mentioned in todays’ society. But are not any challenges affecting work-life balance? I believe that all we do is about making our life a whole even if each of us has a different picture of this “whole”. Therefore, work-life coaching is for me about focusing on how individuals diversely and uniquely integrate and segment their life domains, while living in their personal, organisational and societal contexts, to achieve sustainable work/non-work wellbeing.
Co-active coaching is a method utilising various tools for accompanying life changes while putting the coachee in center of the learning process. Co-active coaching focuses on renewing your access to your inner resources. One the one hand, co-active coaching sustains the development of a “connection/relationship” (co) with yourself through reflection and interactions with your coach. It is about BEING. On the other hand, co-active coaching sustains the necessity to take action, be forward, be intentional (active)” in making decisions to advance in your journey. It is about DOING. Last, co-active connects with the use of the hyphen (-), your being with your doing, so that you align who you are with your actions.