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Coaching uncovers new perspectives and awareness. In this way, coachees gain new insight, which leads to more options, which in turn lead to a desire to take action and change. Coaches ensure that this energy is channelled into action and a change of habits.

The contrast between coaching and related fields

I am grateful to Gladeana McMahon (www.gladeanamcmahon.com) for co-authoring this section.

Coaching draws its influences from and stands on the shoulders of a wide range of disciplines, including counsellin...


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Knowing the difference between coaching and related disciplines – like mentoring or counseling – helps you know where to focus your time and energy. Learn what separates coaching from these other fields, and how to clarify your role as coach.