Executive Coaching Jargon

August 21, 2013  |   Executive Coaching Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Executive Coaching, like many other disciplines, has its own jargon. This has been written to help you understand what they all mean.


Chemistry meeting; a meeting where an Executive Coach and Executive Coaching Client decide whether they are happy to work together. It is normally for the benefit of the client. If you have a chemistry meeting don’t be embarrassed it happens in most coaching assignments and Coaches are used to a different Coach being selected by the Client. The key is to ensure you feel you can trust the coach and feel comfortable working with him or her.


Contracting; this is a meeting where the Executive Coach, the Client and the Client’s line manager meet to decide on the objectives for the coaching. These are normally written as specific outcomes or success criteria e.g. to move the training score in the 360 appraisal from 2 to 4 within the next 12 months.


Executive Coaching Client; the person who is receiving the Executive Coaching.


Executive Coach; the person who provides the coaching for the Client.


Executive Coaching Sponsor; normally the person that is paying the bill , or the line manager of the Client.


Executive Coaching; a process that allows the Client to find their own solutions to the topics they bring to coaching. This is achieved by the Coach asking questions that enable the Client to get fresh perspectives on a topic. Executive Coaching normally refers to the coaching of senior management in an organisation.


Coaching Qualifications; you should only work with a Coach who has a formal coaching qualification. There are a wide variety of coaching qualifications. Be sure to ask your coach about their qualifications. We would say a Coach, at an absolute minimum, requires 5 days training. In our company all Coaches have a postgraduate qualification that has taken 1 or 2 years to achieve.


Coaching Supervision; this is where Coaches go and get coached. It is the main way in which Coaches can get continued professional development. Check that your Coach is getting supervision. Any reputable Coach will be getting supervision.


Evaluation of Coaching; this is the process by which you and your Manager decide that the coaching has been successful.


Coaching Contract; make sure you get a proper coaching contract that details all the terms and conditions of the coaching. This will include fees, expenses, responsibilities and confidentiality arrangements etc.



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