Glossary

For a fuller understanding of what coaching entails, see our list of glossary terms. Coaching is designed to inspire positive change and self-improvement. Therefore, we believe detailing each aspect brings a new sense of appreciation to the process and can help lead to a deeper understanding. 

Assessment – By measuring a clients’ strengths and weaknesses, a coach can better understand where they are physically, mentally, and spiritually positioned in relation to meeting their goals. Through accurate assessment, the coach can identify which course of action will best serve their client.

Awareness – Refers to how a client perceives their own physical, mental, and spiritual development well-being and development.

Business Coaching – With the emphasis placed on understanding where businesses are positioned in the market, as well as how to best facilitate customer and employee satisfaction, potential for business growth and development can be maximised and accelerated.

Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (abbr. CPCC) – A certification program available to those who wish to become a Co-Active Coach. The six-month course involves rigorous training and hands-on experience to create individuals suitably prepared to take on such a role of responsibility, with the title of Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) being earned after successfully completing both a written and oral exam.

Clutter – An untidy mess, compiled of unnecessary objects that obstruct ones’ actions. Not simply referring to physical objects, clutter also applies to environmental, physical, emotional, and spiritual bearings. When a life is cluttered, it can drain energy, increase stress, and diminish health and well-being.

Coach – A coach is the figure who supports, encourages, nurtures, and pushes their clients to become the person they aspire to be. Whether out on the playing field or up in the office, the coach plays a crucial role in self-development.

Coachable – An aspect of ones’ disposition. To be coachable is to be open to change and prepared for identifying personal flaws before working hard to grow and improve from them.

Coachee – A coachee is an individual who has made the decision to better themselves both personally and professionally. Building a strong relationship with the coach, both work together towards a unified goal.

Coaching – Coaching is the name given to the mental, physical, and spiritual journey taken by coach and coachee. Through supportive care, coaching guides individuals through the process of becoming the best version of themselves.

Coaching Relationship – The special relationship between the coach and the coachee, bound by trust, ambition, and a shared objective.

Coaching Training Institute (abbr. CTI) –the organisation that facilitates individuals working to become Co-Active Coaches. Founded in America over 20 years ago, the Institute has trained over 35,000 coaches worldwide, making it the most productive training program of its kind.

Co-Active – The approach to personal and professional development that aligns the nurturing support of close relationships with the power and drive of forward-thinking action. Once the two factors are united, clients can realise their potential within.

Co-Active Coach – A figure who aids the client in actualising their pre-existing skills and creativity. This is done by posing thoughtful questions that elicit such qualities organically.

Co-Active Coaching – A style of coaching to personal and professional development that focuses on the desirable qualities of being creative, resourceful, and whole already existing in the coachee. The role of the coach is to ask powerful, thoughtful question that help the coachee realise their potential, rather than to instruct or advise.

Cognitive – Refers to the act of knowing or process of perceiving, remembering, judging, and reasoning. It is the mental process that we utilize when trying to solve problems, in contrast to emotional or volitional process.

Consciousness – While consciousness literally refers to being awake or capable of perception, consciousness in relation to coaching implies a state of awareness of the self. An enlightened mentality and lifted spirituality, of which the individual is aware of and has actively worked towards.

Consultant – A consultant is a specialist in their field, providing expert advice to those who seek it.

Corporate Coaching – Corporate coaching is a specific style of coaching, providing guidance on how to meet the goals of an organisation.

Development – The growth of something an individual is working on. Personal qualities, mental well-being, or useful skills can all be developed and improved, advancing the individual with stronger capabilities to a well-rounded disposition.

Evaluation – An informal assessment of an individual. The coach will evaluate the coachee to identify where that individual is positioned mentally, physically, and spiritually in relation to where they want to be. From continuous evaluation and re-evaluation, the coach can refine and adjust the approach taken to improving the individual.

Executive Coaching – A specific strand of Co-Active Coaching catering to leadership and management performance or development. This style of coaching can be applied to either an individual or a group.

Experiential learning/coaching – A form of learning through doing, rather than listening or watching. This learning style relies on experience forming the basis of knowledge.

Facilitation – The aiding of a process, through management and maintenance. Facilitation requires a facilitator, whose responsibility it is to oversee how the group is working towards their goal, encouraging members to remember the ground rules and guidelines that were agreed upon at the start.

Feedback – Any helpful information about an event or action that has taken place. Feedback may take the form of a suggestion for improvement or identify weaknesses to be addressed, and is used to redesign aspects of a programme to make it more successful.

Individual Coaching – Through one-on-one sessions, the coach and coachee develop a close, personal relationship whereby the coachee can prioritise and focus on the aspects of their life most relevant at the time.

International Coach Federation (abbr. ICF) –A global organisation dedicated to improving the coaching profession in its entirety. World renowned, association with the ICF confers instant credibility, with their high standards and an expectation to achieve the available independent certification.

Intuition –An instinctive feeling that facilitates immediate understanding and drives decision making without conscious or analytic reasoning.

Leadership Coaching – A tailored style of coaching, directed towards team leaders and focussed on their ability to achieve the objectives of the organization. Usually short term and focused on achieving a specific business purpose, these coaching programs are totally customized towards each specific need.

Life Coaching – A form of talking therapy, life coaching identifies areas of an individuals’ life that are restraining them from reaching their potential. By encouraging conversation through thoughtfully posed questions, a life coach seeks to guide an individual in overcoming barriers and to develop a better personal or professional self.

Lifelong learning – The continuous process of intaking and understanding material. With lifelong learning, the individual remains present in their sense of self and the world around them.

Lifestyle Coaching – A targeted method of coaching, whereby an individual completes a self-assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. Once such capabilities and inabilities have been recognized, a life coach will work alongside the coachee to develop a more successful person in terms of overall well-being.

Mentor – A figure who is dedicated to supporting the journey of those who are striving to improve themselves. Providing a place of safety and support, a mentor will encourage individuals when they hit a wall, or feel that they can’t continue. With the help of a mentor, the individual will be able to overcome their struggles and reach their goals.

Mentoring – A relationship, usually between two people, that is founded on support and guidance. Growing together, the pair will develop their personal and professional personas to the best of their abilities.

Milestone – A noteworthy achievement that marks a significant stage in the individuals journey to self-improvement. Effective as a motivational tool, a milestone encourages the individual of their progress, and drives them to continue to pursue their goal.

Mindfulness – To be mindful is to be aware of how one’s actions also affect people other than themselves. Remembering the wider community and the natural environment, mindfulness refers to a genuine thoughtfulness towards other beings.

Model – The pinnacle form or ideal type of person, used as an exemplar of what success looks like. Usually person in a leadership role, the model type inspires individuals to achieve more through hard work and dedication.

Module – A module is one independent part of a much wider program, often specifically targeted towards developing different goals and skills.

Motivation – Motivation can refer to two different meanings. Firstly, motivation can be something which inspires an action. Secondly, motivation can be labelled as a personality characteristic attributed to those who continuously input energy to improve themselves.

Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (abbr. ORSC) – ORSC is an integrated and robust coaching model based on Relationship Systems Intelligence™. Beyond the relationship you have with yourself (emotional intelligence) and your relationships with others (social Intelligence) is where Relationship Systems Intelligence lies. Here, the focus is on relationships within a group, team, or system. This approach creates sustainable and resilient teams and families.

Personal Growth – The main objective of almost every coaching and improvement program, personal growth refers to the internal attributes of a character. Through mental, emotion and spiritual development, individuals find their well-being improved and ability to tackle daily challenges strengthened

Relationship Coaching – By building a personal relationship, a coach can accurately prescribe actions that strengthen the individual’s ability to develop meaningful personal, business, and romantic relationships. Through emphasising the importance of clear communication, compromise and interpersonal skills, relationship coaching aids the coachee in benefitting their lives and the lives of others around them.

Spirituality – Refers to the internal feeling of connectedness to the external world. While often linked with a religion, this is not necessary to the definition. An incredibly personal, wholesome feeling, spirituality is inextricably related to self-awareness and well-being.

Strategic Planning – With an objective in mind, a tactical approach to business growth can be formulated.

Team Coaching – Designed to maximise the potential of a team, ensuring cooperation between staff members is managed and directed towards departmental or organizational goals.

Team Development – By building communication skills and cooperation between members of staff, teams can improve both their individual performance and productivity. With morale, drive and vitality boosted, the workplace becomes a happy, healthy place to be.

Trainer – During individual training activities, a trainer can work closely with clients to maximise their growth. By designing effective programmes to enhance skills and strengths, the trainer introduces activities in an innovative and creative way, providing much the same support as a mentor with the additional educational aspect.

Training – Training is the process by which individuals and groups learn skills and increase their abilities, skills, and productivity. A broad term, referring to either mental, physical, and emotional attributes that are improved.

Values – The agreed upon beliefs, standards, ethics, and morals of an individual or organization. Once values have been established, individuals and wider organizations can alter their behaviour to reflect such standards, simultaneously improving the individual or organization in its entirety.

Personal Coaching Certifications/Accreditations

ACC – Associate Certified Coach

CPCC – Certified Professional Co-Active Coach

MCC – Master Certified Coach

PCC – Professional Certified Coach

MBA – Master in Business Administration

PhD – Doctor in Philosophy, or Philosophiæ Doctor

ORSCC – Organisation and Relationship Systems Certified Coach