Different paths towards professional development

I enjoyed your article Coach it out (Professional Development supplement, DW 6 May), but I found the title misleading as it was all about training, which is a different activity. While I agree that both activities promote learning, they do it in different ways.

In my opinion, training is a process driven by the trainer – it is a directive process and is about teaching specific skills and knowledge. Coaching, on the other hand, is owned by the coachee and is mainly a non-directive process facilitating the coachee’s thinking, and is about creating shifts that transform performance.

There is a case to be made for both when considering an investment in people, but it is important to be able to identify when to use each of these approaches to professional development and the building of exceptional teams and businesses.

Rod Petrie, Independent coach, by e-mail

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