12:54:27 pm on February 4, 2010 |
Consulting is different from coaching.
According to Wikipedia, consulting is: “a professional who provides advice in a particular area of expertise.” Whereas coaching is: “a method of directing, instructing, and training.”
I would like to add another big difference between consulting and coaching: unlike consultants, in order to truly help clients evolve, coaches must not have a goal.
Coaches help clients to explore and to grow. If one becomes fixed on a desired outcome, how can they focus on the true task at hand…that is guiding, supporting, and encouraging their client to live the process, and discover something new?
Consultants provide solutions, and often do work for their clients.
Coaches mentor their clients to work on themselves.
As a creativity coach my objectives are to help, to lead, to motivate, to inspire, to support, to listen, to be truthful, and to accompany a client on their journey.
As Carl Rogers said: “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”