chapter 2

Collaborative coaching

What does collaborative coaching mean?

This book is based on a collaborative style of coaching. By collaborative coaching we mean that the coach and the person being coached (referred to as the ‘coachee’) are working on creating changes together. As a collaborative coach, you do not ‘fix’ someone, solve problems for them or assume any position of superiority or higher knowledge.

Instead, the coach adopts the principle that the person being coached probably knows more about their own situation than the coach does. The coach believes in the ability of the individual to create insights and ideas needed to move their situation forward. The task of the coach is to use advanced skills of listening, questioning ...

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