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  • Writer's pictureLaci Fair

Can Coach-sulting actually work?

The main pushback on combining coaching and consulting is that it can be difficult to draw a clear line between the two activities. Coaching is often seen as long-term, goal-oriented work that focuses on developing the individual’s knowledge and skills, while consulting can involve shorter-term work that is more focused on providing advice and guidance. As such, it can be difficult to decide which activities fit into which category, and some fear that combining these two approaches may blur the lines between them and ultimately detract from the effectiveness of either. Additionally, some may question whether a traditional consultant is qualified to provide coaching, or vice versa.

Here's why my practice works:

Before beginning a coaching or consulting relationship, it is important to ensure that both parties have a clear understanding of the specific roles and responsibilities. This should include what constitutes success and how the overall objectives of the relationship will be achieved.

The goal of any coaching or consulting engagement should be to develop the client holistically. This means addressing the root cause of the individual’s challenge and focusing on the bigger picture. The coach or consultant should strive to provide the client with a comprehensive understanding of the problem, tools and resources to support their growth, and clearly defined short-term goals and long-term objectives.

Finally, in order for coaching and consulting to be successful, it is essential to create a trusting environment in which open and honest communication can occur. This can be achieved by establishing an agreement of confidentiality, creating a safe space where mistakes can be made without judgement, and providing constructive feedback in an effort to empower the client with the skills needed to meet their goals.

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