What are we doing when we coach? — What is coaching? (3)

I posted a couple of pieces last week about the process of coaching — how coaching is, perhaps, a bit like gardening. But I didn’t consider the “product” of sports coaching — for all of the tilling and watering (and weeding), what actually comes out the other end? Or what it is that coaches actually …

Coaching is like gardening — What is coaching? (1)

Really interesting post from @davidhinchliffe on how he uses the constraints-led approach in his own coaching practice. I was particularly taken with the line “instead of a fault-fixer, think of yourself as a problem-setter…” Or, from an ecological dynamics/constraints-led approach viewpoint, coach as “environmental designer”, perhaps? Or, maybe, gardener?

Preparing the ground — What is coaching? (2)

Looking at coaching from an ecological dynamics/constraints-led approach viewpoint (which I do tend to do, nowadays), the role of the coach might be likened to that of a gardener. And one gardening skill that acquires great importance in this model is the ability to prepare the ground, whether that be the learning environment itself or …