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A - Z Coaching and Mentoring - here is the first of a series of random extracts from Clare's book - more to follow each week throughout 2018 - if you have a special request for a definition of a coaching term or principle, just let us know! Perfect for anyone studying for an ILM Coaching & Mentoring qualification, or as a refresher for experienced coaches.

An entry from Aa seems like a good place to start...

Actualisation happens when a person is continually striving to be the best they can be. Actualisation is a bit like the acorn growing into an oak tree or the caterpillar turning into a butterfly. For the client, actualisation is about fulfilling their potential and it is a process that doesn’t have an end point. The role of a coach is to create the best coaching environment to nurture potential and enable the client to flourish and this can be done by encouraging clients to:

  • develop moments of peak experience, where they are excited about goals or achievements
  • explore the meaning of their goals or achievements at a deeper level of harmony
  • take risks, be spontaneous and experiment
  • appreciate what is currently going well, is abundant in their lives or brings them joy
  • laugh at themselves and their faults or failings
  • think critically and creatively
  • accept that life isn’t always fair and that there will be disappointments, uncertainly and frustration
  • be independent and resourceful, choosing and pursuing their own direction.

Self-actualisation was first defined by Abraham Maslow in his Hierarchy of Needs in 1943


Taken from the A-Z Coaching Handbook by Clare M Smale where you will find a comprehensive A-Z, plus a full list of references.

Email clare@inspired2learn.co.uk for your copy or order through this website here

"I have found the A-Z Coaching Handbook an invaluable tool, particularly for studying for the ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring qualification. The entries are succinct but also informative, so that you can understand in the first sentence what the entry contains. This book is clearly laid out in bullet points that are easy to understand and relate to. There are definitions of topics and an abundance of coaching models, tools and theories within the A-Z, which increases the choice of coaching approaches. I thoroughly recommend this handbook." Lynn Spurrell, Bath & North East Somerset Council

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