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What is coaching?

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The method briefly explained.

Find the solution yourself thanks to new perspectives. 


Coaching is understood to be temporary, professional support for a client to clarify professional or private concerns and to achieve the goals they have set themselves. 

As a coach, I will support you in clarifying your personal concerns. I do not give any advice, but support you in developing your very own, individually suitable solution and in creating new possibilities.



Interaction and person centering

Coaching is an interactive and person-centred support process that can include professional and private content. The focus is on the client's professional role and related current concerns.

"Interactive" means that no service is provided to the client in coaching, but that coach and client are equally challenged and work together on an equal footing. The client is not relieved of any responsibility. 

process consulting

Coaching is individual support at the process level, i.e. the coach does not provide any direct suggestions for a solution, but accompanies the client and encourages them to question or set goals and to develop their own solutions.

Coaching is not an "off the peg" process, but is geared towards the individual needs of the client. As a process facilitator, the coach is not a know-it-all, but helps the client to find their own solutions.

Solution and goal orientation​​

Coaching is solution-oriented and goal-focused and geared towards conscious self-development. Even if (problem) analyzes are important in coaching, the focus is on a resourceful solution orientation. The coaching serves to achieve self-desired, realistic goals that are relevant for the development of the client.


Coaching takes place on the basis of a sustainable, voluntary relationship characterized by mutual acceptance and trust, i.e. the client enters into the coaching voluntarily and the coach assures him of discretion.

Help for self-help​​

Coaching always aims at promoting (also preventively) self-reflection and perception, awareness and responsibility in order to provide help for self-help.​

The client's self-awareness should be encouraged, i.e. blind spots and operational blindness are reduced, new perspectives are recognized and as a result new possibilities for action arise.


The aim is to improve the client's self-reflection and self-management skills, i.e. the coach should support his counterpart in such a way that the coach is ultimately no longer needed.

The coach does not make dependent, but more independent. Coaching always aims to expand and/or make the client's options more flexible. Result-oriented self-reflection is a central element.

Transparent methods 

Coaching works with transparent interventions and does not allow any manipulative methods, since such an approach would fundamentally oppose the promotion of awareness.

Awareness cannot be promoted if the client is being manipulated. Therefore, reputable coaches do not work with manipulative methods and techniques.


Coaching requires a well-developed coaching concept that explains the coach's approach and defines the framework for which methods, techniques and interventions the coach uses, how desired processes can take place and which causal relationships have to be taken into account.  

The coach's working concept is his tools of the trade. The client must be educated about this concept. Otherwise he cannot understand how the coaching works.  

Time limit​​

Coaching takes place in several sessions and is limited in time. Both the number and the spacing of the sessions are agreed with the client and depend on the individual concerns.

Coaching can take place over a longer period of time. However, since it is always the goal of a coach to make himself superfluous, coaching must logically also be limited in time.

Coach qualification

Coaching is practiced by people with psychological and business knowledge as well as practical experience regarding the concerns of the client (in order to be able to assess the situation well-founded and to be able to provide qualified advice).

For his work, the coach needs methodical and subject-specific knowledge on the one hand and an “interface qualification” on the other hand in order to be able to understand and classify the concerns of the client. This means that different qualifications from the fields of psychology, business administration, consulting, personnel development, leadership and management should be combined in one coach. Nevertheless, a coach cannot (and does not have to) be omniscient for his job.

Coach neutrality​​

The coach does not force his own ideas and opinions on the client, but should always take an independent position.​

The coach is not the "doer", but a neutral feedback provider and sparring partner. Under no circumstances should he impose his own values on the client.


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