The Science of Coaching
Sometimes coaching gets a bad rap by the sciencey people out there. After all you’re just sitting there being told what to do by a coach right? Wrong.
There is a growing body of research that supports coaching as an incredibly valuable profession. The ICF holds a huge library or research on their website and there is much more out there on mindfulness, neuroscience, body/gut/heart intelligence, positive psychology and many other areas that inform, or are the foundations of coaching practice. Here are a few fun facts to keep you going:
Though counter-intuitive, coaching that is focused on presence and curiosity in the moment (as opposed to problem solving) promotes and supports the identification of values, priorities and the attainment of goals, plus it brings more focus and calmness and allows for an increased sense of wholeness (E.M. Topp, 2006).
Coaching from a place of ‘custodian’ of the space, rather than ‘expert’ allows for the dialogue to open up so that there is a deeper generation of new meanings and insights, which in turn allows for the client to move forward (H. Armstrong, International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 2012).
Identifying, making sense of and becoming more aware of our feelings, emotions and response have a significant impact on how we move forward in life (Franklin, 2005).
Creating changes requires sustained attention and effort; discovering our own answers is more powerful than focusing on the problem; neuroscience research on Attention, Reflection, Insight and Action (ARIA) strongly supports coaching as a practice. (A Brain-based Approach to Coaching, an article by David Rock, 2006).