You somehow have the feeling that you have reached a dead end? You seem to be stuck in your job and just can't seem to move forward? When someone asks you if you're happy, you can't give a positive answer, but don't really know what you're missing to be happy? Your life just doesn't feel fulfilled, because you know there is so much more slumbering inside you, but you just can't mobilize all that? That's exactly when coaching can help you!
By means of different types of coaching you approach all these inner desires for change and progress in a solution-oriented way and finally put them into practice. Different coaching methods can be used Coaching methods come into play. But as a rule, the whole process begins with an intensive preliminary discussion. Your coach asks you specific, sometimes even unpleasant questions, and leads you to individual solutions.
Even though coaching is often equated with consulting, there is a clear difference. While a consultant remains in his expert role, the coach is a support during your inner change process. This can be quite upsetting and then the coach is there to catch you. He guides you in the right direction and accompanies you on your way, but in the end you are the person who does the inner work to change.
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These coaching types exist
Coaching is becoming increasingly popular, as the ICF Global Coaching Study 2020 proved unequivocally. In 2019, there were 71,000 people working as coaches globally. This represents an increase of an impressive 33 % compared to 2015.
One reason for its success is the enormous flexibility of coaching. It can take many different forms. We introduce you to the most common types of coaching, explain what exactly they are and for whom they are best suited.
Intensive and personal one-to-one coaching
At Individual coaching the coach dedicates himself solely to you. This allows him to respond particularly intensively to you and your concerns and wishes. This form of coaching is often designed for a longer period of time. But you can also complete only a few sessions if you prefer. You usually devote equal attention to your professional and private life. Often both areas are so closely intertwined and influence each other that it is almost impossible to strictly separate them.
No matter what topics you discuss, the coach is always on equal footing with you. Since the entire coaching is based on a two-person interaction, it is especially important that you both respect each other and see each other as equals. Only in this way can a confidential basis be created and you can open up fully.
Since your coach focuses only on you and no one else in the individual coaching, he also succeeds in recognizing problems from your environment, for which you yourself have already become blind. Often it is precisely the things that we no longer perceive as problematic, because we have become so accustomed to them, that slow us down and stand in the way of our happiness.
Together you iron out this distorted perception, because it often leads to at least equally distorted goals. Carefully and precisely, your coach and you work out goals that are appropriate and realistic and set out together on the path to achieve them.
Group coaching for like-minded people
Group coaching is not just about you, but about several people, for example your team at work. From a psychological-scientific point of view, twelve participants are the maximum number to achieve visible success. If your team is larger, it is very difficult for the coach to do justice to each of you. Then it makes sense to split up into several smaller groups.
Unlike individual coaching, group coaching is less about personal and confidential matters. This would also not be goal-oriented, because in the group the inhibition threshold is often much higher. In addition, the coach in the team can only build up a much smaller counselling relationship with the individual participants. It is therefore not possible for him to deal with the concerns of all those present as intensively as in individual coaching. For this reason, group coaching aims to focus on aspects that affect the whole team, such as improving cooperation.
In group coaching, however, people can come together who are complete strangers to each other, but who are pursuing the same goal and simply feel more comfortable talking about it in community than in individual coaching. This gives them the feeling that they are not alone and they make contact with like-minded people. Participants can motivate each other and give each other strength. In addition, each participant brings their own unique experiences with them and by sharing them, they give the others the opportunity to see things from a completely different perspective.
Team coaching on the job
We have already briefly touched on the topic of team coaching as a form of group coaching, but let's now go into it a little more intensively. As already mentioned, a common goal of all participants forms the basis here. Unlike typical group coaching, however, the focus is not on the individual group members, but on the team as a large unit. The coach helps you and your teammates to identify problems that affect you all on your own and to work out possible solutions. Often the sticking point is communication.
It is the be-all and end-all in the team so that you can all work together in a goal-oriented manner. Another very common reason for team coaching is changes in the workplace. The team has been restructured and you all need to get to know each other and warm up to work well together? Maybe you are facing a completely new project that you have never worked on in this way before and that presents you with a special challenge? In this case, it is even more important to clearly identify which of you has which strengths and weaknesses so that you can optimally distribute the individual tasks.
Role finding is also an important keyword here. Team coaching can offer you this and much more.
You are not sure what exactly needs to be improved, but you just have the feeling that the work with each other is not working as well as it should? The team coach helps you to uncover the problems that are hiding in the dark. He supports you in understanding where exactly action is needed and which changes make sense. Together you create the basis for the further development of the team.
Couple or conflict coaching
You and your partner, best friend, or significant other have a conflict that you just can't work out on your own? You're both so stuck, but know that what you have is far too valuable to give up because of it? Couple or conflict coaching will help you sort it out and save you from escalation.
It creates a safe space for you in which you can first become clear about the situation, your feelings, needs and the other person's point of view all by yourselves. Only later do you come together and gradually move towards each other again with the support of the coach. If you are not sure if coaching is really necessary, ask yourself the following questions and answer them honestly. The more often you say "yes", the more intensively you should think about a couple or conflict coaching.
- Your counterpart simply does not want to admit that there is a conflict and consequently does not want to work on it?
- Your counterpart is fully caught up in argument mode and would rather rant on instead of solving the problem?
- Your conflict partner no longer trusts you enough to engage in a clarifying conversation with you because of what has happened?
- You go into such a rage just seeing each other that no conversation is possible that doesn't escalate immediately?
- The cause of the conflict is not you at all, but somewhere else entirely, but you can't figure out who or what is really to blame?
Coaching types can pursue many different goals
Not only types of coaching can be distinguished, but also their goals. They can all be dedicated to a very specific aspect and work particularly intensively on it. We present a few of them here.
1. goals coaching
You know you want to aim high in life, but how that's going to work out and where exactly you actually want to go is unclear to you. In a nutshell: You don't have any specific goals, but you're aware that this isn't how you're going to get ahead. Do you feel the same way?
In goal coaching, you break down rough ideas like. professional successYou can break down your goals, such as personal happiness, health, and financial independence, into small, concrete goals. Your goal coach supports you in formulating new intermediate goals again and again until you have reached your big, overarching desired state.
2. development coaching
We all have strengths and weaknesses that either help or hinder us. But if you take a closer look at them and clearly define them, you can work on them in a very targeted way and expand your own competencies. Maybe you are a particularly empathetic person with a lot of empathy, but you don't really know how to use this ability for your own success.
But maybe you are also quite insecure and prefer to give in instead of standing up for your opinion, but would like to finally change that. In development coaching you get to the bottom of your personality and learn how you can fully exploit your potential.
3. values coaching
Soft skills are becoming more and more important, because they improve the climate among each other immensely. This applies equally to dealing with customers and colleagues. In value coaching you strengthen these skills. For companies this makes sense especially in the form of team coaching to create a common mission statement and to define a clear corporate culture.
4. career coaching
The Career Coaching refers primarily to your professional life. It helps you to find out where you are right now and where you want to go. With the help of your coach, you set yourself concrete and, above all, realistic goals and find out how you can achieve them. If a change of job is the right step, a complete professional reorientation or are there special skills that you need to develop? You can clarify all this together with your career coach.
5. mental coaching
Your thoughts and also your inner will and drive are the center of the Mental Coaching. Here, problems are not seen as a hurdle, but rather as an opportunity to develop and grow. They don't stop you, but help you to achieve your goals, as long as you deal with them in the right way. An important topic is for example Stress Management.
If you can manage not to be consumed by all the stress that problems bring with them, you will be able to tackle any task, no matter how difficult, with flying colors and be proud of your achievements. If this is your Self-confidence what then? In order to achieve exactly that, various methods can be used, such as targeted relaxation exercises, meditation or autogenic training.
6. life coaching
An Life Coach is dedicated to topics that occupy you in everyday life. You decide for yourself exactly what these are. In coaching, for example, you can get to the bottom of your unexploited potential, find out why you are you are unhappy in your relationshipalthough everything is actually good, or finally climb the next rung on the career ladder. Life coaching can take on countless facets.
7. business coaching
Your professional everyday life is the subject of the Business Coaching. Whether you are at the top of a large company, running a small start-up, newly self-employed or employed - coaching accompanies you on your professional career. It supports you in developing yourself, building on your strengths and recognizing how fulfilling your job actually is - or is not. In this case, it gives you the strength to dare something new and to reorient yourself professionally.
How you too can become a coach
There is an incredible amount of potential in each of us, just waiting to finally make its grand entrance. What a shame it would be to hold it in check for years and only slow yourself down again and again? With the help of coaching, you will succeed in fulfilling your dreams and becoming the version of yourself that you would like to be.
That alone is not enough for you? You also want to help others to make progress and to lead a fulfilled and happy private and professional life? Then become Greator Coach!
In the training you go on a journey into your deepest inner self and get to know yourself from a whole new side. All this knowledge prepares you for the next part: Learning helpful coaching methods with which you can later accompany others on their path.