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What is One to One Coaching

The University has taken out Corporate Membership of the Association for Coaching, who define coaching as follows:

Coaching enables the client to be the best they can be in the areas they choose to focus on.

Typically the client meets with the coach in a 1:1 confidential partnership. The client chooses the focus of the conversation and the coach works with them by listening and contributing observations and questions to help them clarify their understanding of the situation and move them into action to progress towards their goals. (The client brings the content; the coach provides a process, which can apply in any context).

Coaching accelerates the clients’ progress by helping them to focus on where they want to go, become aware of blocks, attitudes and aptitudes that affect their choices and by supporting them in developing strategies to achieve their goals. Ownership of content and decisions remain with the client throughout.

This can be contrasted with other forms of one to one support:

• Mentoring – a subtly different form of relationship where an inexperienced member of staff is matched with a more experienced colleague to provide personal, professional and career support.

• Counselling – specialist expertise aimed at supporting staff to deal with personal and professional issues impacting on their wellbeing.

Mediation – providing informal solutions to workplace relationship difficulties through the support of a trained mediator.

Coaching is aimed at enhancing current and future work place performance and potential and within the University is positioned as part of a range of staff development activities, supporting the University’s HR Strategy.