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Victor Sanchez

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Victor Sanchez Anti-Coaching Approach

Anti-Coaching is a radically different approach to the coaching situation, which is a reaction to the internet over-population of shallow coaching training and services, with standardized methods which most times result in false expectations for those wanting to become coaches, and poor results for their clients.

The standardized coaching methods offer some important elements to nurture the coaching conversation. They are useful, but taken as the key element that the future coach should master, create the false expectation that they will be enough to successfully deal with the infinite diversity of people’s life and relationships, either at a personal level or at organizational level.

Despite the seemingly richness and complexity of the conversation within coaching trainings, at the end of the day, at the ground level, the infinite variety of human situations, personalities, styles, personal preferences, life stories, dreams, fears, inner fixations and energetic patterns is such, that often times, the standardized methods leave aside important parts or don’t know how to deal with them; leaving the “coach” perplexed and the client disappointed.

I would say that diversity and the unexpected are what dominate the scene of human endeavors and relationships. So, how do we prepare to deal with this? How do we prepare to be useful and add some value into the situation?

The Coach with Diploma: a “transitional” state potentially permanent

Generally speaking, coaching is something you either get for yourself or provide for others. However, there is a great deal of people somehow stuck between those two options, without being clear about to which of the two they belong.

I am talking about those who were officially trained to become coaches, completed their courses and yet, are not able to enter into the world of effectively providing coaching professional services to actual clients. Perhaps they were not really ready to become professional coaches but were more likely in the situation of needing to take a look at their own life and -at the same time- felt attracted to the idea of obtaining a diploma that would accredit them as professional coaches.

Engaging in a conversation about your own life within the context of coaching can be very powerful. However, engaging in conversation that helps you to look at your own life and being ready to support others whose life could be so completely different than yours, is not necessarily the same thing. The two processes support each other, but I think it is best not to confuse them.

The problem with some of the coaching trainings aimed to gather massive numbers of attendants is the frustration and confusion that -as a side-effect- comes from the alleged goal of becoming a professional coach who actually coaches others, in a context in which what you really do is have a conversation about coaching that mostly helps you to examine your own life.

It is likely that the whole massive model of inviting people to become coaches without anyone really expecting all of them to become professional coaches has a contradiction between the alleged goal and the context in which it takes place.

I know that this will not be nice to hear for some and I am sure not all the coaching schools out there work in this way. I am just speaking for those who in the present or the future, may find themselves somehow dealing with this type of frustration or perhaps feel a bit lost in this “nowhere land”.

If that is the case, I think I can help with that.

What is coaching anyway?

Even though some schools tend to represent coaching as an esoteric or highly technical set of knowledge and skills, at the ground level the coaching situation is essentially about creating the appropriate personal space to have a meaningful conversation regarding the client´s life, which should have the effect of moving the life energy of the client from the wrong place to the right place, so to speak.

This should be true both for individuals and for organizations.

And of course there are steps, goals, promises, progress measurement and so many concepts that can be included in the coaching trainings. There are many methods that provide those tools and not one can claim to be the best and only way. But let’s not forget that rather than having the perfect set of steps or tools, it is the personal development of those involved in the coaching conversation and the capacity to hear what´s beyond the words and statements, what will probably have a much more powerful impact in the results, than all the methods and techniques that we have been collecting to become good coaches.

At the end of the day, the quality of the coaching situation is about who we are and not so much about what diplomas or certifications we carry. It is what we are and what we have lived which can help us to navigate with some level of success, the endless mystery of the human soul.

That is why not all those who claim to be coaches are the same.

(Make sure you also take a look at the longer explanation about what coaching is following the coaching link above)

For the moment, this is my grain of salt to contribute to the conversation about coaching. I hope it shows a little bit about my particular approach to this topic.

Perhaps in the future you and I can dive into the specifics.

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Victor Sanchez