The historical culture of management is rooted in a commitment to predict or forecast the future and then control human behaviour and processes to achieve that culture's aims.
By contrast, a coaching culture is grounded in a commitment to create or invent the future and then empower the authentic commitment and actions of those being coached. In effect, this is a shift in the locus of power and responsibility from the manager to those they manage.
COACHING HAPPENS IN A CONTEXT OF TRUST
Coaching by its nature is very personal and is based on a unique and profound level of trust between the coach and those being coached. While coaching is not therapy, the quality of the relationship is similar and the consequences, whether positive or negative, can be just as profound.
THEORY AND PROFESSIONAL COACHING
According to an ancient Chinese expression, "Theory without practice is foolish; practice without theory is dangerous".