Systemic coaching: helping people to help themselves

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How can systemic coaching help you get a better grip on your life, your everyday life, your profession? And how can it contribute to self-help?


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Oliver Bartels Oliver_Bartels_swOliver Bartels is a coach and consultant.


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Coaching in the variety of perspectives

In countless conversations with coaches and clients we have exchanged on the many-faceted advantages of the coaching process and the associated coaching attitude. Coaching experiences are usually narrated in anecdotes and personal stories, and the usefulness of this work is then felt in various facets of life.

For this reason, we have sought competent support from clients and coaches, who tell us about their everyday life and their practice. They report very personally about their experiences and their experience.

We want to do justice to the diversity of perspectives and illuminate both sides of the (coaching) medal. Because coaching is educational, pleasant, exciting, enriching, ... and much more for both parties. Both for the coaching client and for the coach. We experience coaching as a particularly elegant form of communication that offers endless opportunities for successful and sustainable results.

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What gives you different opinions

And: Modern coaching can also be implemented with very simple and uncomplicated means. Excitingly, it doesn't matter whether you work as a professional coach or as a "coaching user" adopt the appropriate inner attitude and use proven methods. Because the crucial relationships apply to every user.

If you get the opinion of clients and coaches, you can benefit from it as a coaching user in a variety of ways:

  • You become a highly esteemed conversation partner. In private and professional life.
  • They are able to support people who appreciate you, and to support them in their self-responsibility. (Of course only after they have actively invited you to it).
  • They will shape relationships, build trust and gratitude to your clients.

What are the advantages of systemic coaching?

If we now consciously look into the professional environment, the coaching process and the corresponding inner attitude have an enormous positive influence on various levels. Because

  • practicing systemic coaching is far-reaching, and it affects both personal aspects and aspects of social interaction.
  • Within successful coaching processes several changes occur simultaneously:
  • within the relationship between two people (between coaching client and coach)
  • in the coaching client itself (regarding his views, attitudes, his plans, perspectives, goals, next steps, the perception of himself and his environment, etc.)
  • within the entire system in which the coaching client is located (family, club, team, Company)
  • in the coach himself (of his kind with the coaching technique, his position in the relationship-braided relationship with the coaching client, the perception of his own, his views, insights, perspectives, etc.)
  • within the organization or system (eg, a team) where coaching is applied.

Why not give advice

The systemic coaching stance goes hand in hand with some rules of the game that explain the consistent avoidance of advice. The overview "Rules of the game for a successful coaching conversation" helps. Since we humans are "doomed" to perceive everything in such a way that it confirms our previous experiences and assumptions, advice can often not work.

Thus, in some cases, advice can expand our conceivable options for action, but they can also achieve the exact opposite: confirming and consolidating existing thinking. Right here, coaching provides an effective alternative because it deliberately waives advice.

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Rules for a successful coaching session

  • The coaching process always needs clear goals.
  • Coaching does not need expert advice when people have everything to solve.
  • Coaching does not need expert advice if people perceive and process their situation uniquely (for us incomprehensible).
  • The way to the solution and everything that is necessary for this is developed by the coaching client itself.

The solution is developed by the client himself

The way to the solution and all that is necessary is developed by the coaching client itself. Coaching is not a therapy.

We describe coaching rather as a method, which allows the person who has a problem to solve it himself and independently.

What is the difference between coaching and therapy?

This implies the very limit and delimitation of coaching to forms of therapy. In contrast to coaching clients, people in a therapy can not (completely) solve their problems on their own and with self-responsibility. Here then gives a therapist a completely different assistance. It's about healing.

We specifically want to delineate ourselves here when other voices within the coaching industry claim that coaching and therapy are blurring; quasi the same would be, and the demarcation will be made so clearly for purely legal reasons.

We see that differently. Although boundaries seem to blur, the coachee is not a patient and the coach is not a therapist. And that is the essential information in this context.

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Patient or coaching client?

When is a patient or a (coaching) client? How do we find out? This seems to be one of the greatest tasks in the coaching industry. And every coach will always have to ask this question again:

  • Do I inform the client about my impression that I can not help?
  • How then do I look for the helpers?
  • Is it actually a client and is coaching the right companion?
  • Can I say that I would find a psychotherapy (in my opinion) more appropriate?

Many roads lead to Rome

There is a wealth of acknowledged ways and philosophies to help people through psychotherapy in the healing of mental (and physical) suffering and stress.

The colorful field goes from psychoanalytic and deep psychological therapy to hypnotherapy, Gestalt therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, pesso therapy, trauma therapy, and much more. The approaches, approaches and procedures have become so diverse that a detailed description would go beyond the scope here and also would not be appropriate.

Coaching does not treat patients

However, one thing unites these different approaches: They all treat so-called patients. And coaching doesn't support patients. In coaching we do not treat “disorders worth treating” and we do not treat disorders “with disease value”.

We do not treat at all. In systemic constructivist coaching, there are no diagnoses. There are no symptoms - ie symptoms - and no syndromes described. As coaches, we do not think about how the syndrome and the cause and the cause of the disease could lead to a diagnosis.

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