Apparently, a buyer of coaching recently commented that they were disappointed that few coaches can argue clearly what their philosophy is.
I’m curious. I can’t say I have ever been asked what my philosophy is. Not in a coaching context anyway. I am not really clear what they might mean.
As a scientist, I was brought up as a Popperian, which is probably why I conjecture a lot and refute a lot – I’m just not very good at getting the two to work together.
Whilst I am a non-conformist priest, I would describe myself as an agnostic and secularist – largely because I don’t feel that superstition is very reliable and certainly shouldn’t be running the country.
Someone once described me as the ‘irreverent reverend’ – but I think he was joking because I’m usually quite serious.
Someone did once ask me what my psychotherapeutic orientation was. I explained that I preferred to have my chair with its back to the window so that I could see the paper if I wrote any notes. She seemed happy.
But does any of this have any bearing on my coaching performance?
I generally believe that most people haven’t a clue what their maximum potential is – they have never considered it, and have never been in circumstances that allow it to reveal itself. Thus, I tend to believe that almost everyone has the potential to achieve far more than they are currently achieving. Whether they want to do so or not is another question. And whether the environment in which they are currently operating could ever allow them to achieve it is another.
Now I come to think about it, that’s probably why I spend quite a lot of time exploring those issues with my clients.
So, I suppose that is my ‘philosophy’. What about you? What’s yours?
All the best