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Did you ever become curious about- Whole Person Coaching?

Rajat Garg 

- Feb 02nd 2018



I have been into Executive Coaching for last 5 years. I happened to pick up Coaching first time when I took on a role of an SELP Coach in the year around 1998 which was a little different than the Coaching as defined in the professional world. However since last 5 years I pursued learning about Coaching as defined by ICF and its laid out competencies. As Coaches, we all start diligently following a Coaching Model we might have learnt in our ICF Certified Coaching Program to coach our Coachee. Often the early journey starts by coaching the ‘Issue’ as we start building our muscles in coaching, using the Coaching Model we have learnt.
As I became comfortable using the learnt Coaching Model my confidence increased and so did the enjoyment. Over a period of time,  I was also able to see how each Coaching call takes a different direction- some calls are very effective, some calls become lengthy, some are not as ineffective , few are brief and short and able to finish within time. The variety is a lot. All this added to my curiosity to learn more about Coaching further and to be competent.
Whole Person Coaching’ is one such topic that created a lot of curiosity to know more about it. I learnt about it by attending workshops recognized by ICF, reading articles, watching videos, trying to reflect on my understanding, applying my understanding, and so on. I would like to share the various frameworks that showed up about Whole Person Coaching in the pursuit of learning about it. Each of the framework has its own science to go deeper into it [which I leave it to the curious reader to pursue it]. As I share this, I invite you (the reader) to share your experiences of Whole Person Coaching.

  • The Fundamentals of Ontological Coaching [a workshop I attended ] followed a framework which essentially explored 3 aspects of an individual- ‘Body- Emotions – Language’ []
  • Another framework follows exploring the ‘Body-Mind-Spirit’ aspect
  • A framework which suggests following 3H model ie. ‘Head-Heart-Hands’
  • Exploring elements of ‘Self- Relationships- Work’ as a triangle
  • Diving into the ‘Inner-Outer’ aspects during Coaching
  • Interestingly I read about a mention of exploring and balancing the – ‘ Domain of Words vs Domain of Silence’

All of these frameworks, learning and reflecting on them, has created a juice of sense making of Whole Person Coaching. Self Awareness seems to be the emerging key to unlock the potential and applying the framework. The shift has happened from coaching the ‘Issue’ to coaching the ‘Person’.
In essence, the benefit of Whole Person Coaching is that it creates deep impact and empowerment for the Coachee to achieve its outcome. Quite often the results are described as transformational.
Curiously I await to hear your views, experiences and sharings if you ever became curious about Whole Person Coaching and what happened after that? Thank you for your time.

About The Author

  • Mrunal Lamge has 23 years of work experience & more than 500 hours of one on one coaching experience. He has coached HODs, senior executives, Hi-pots, entrepreneurs, individual professionals.

  • He believes to be an enabler for people and organizations to achieve professional and personal outcomes. He was the founding member of Managing Committee of ICF Mumbai Chapter for 2 years. He is also a Certified Professional Facilitator from IAF.

Rajat Garg

Rajat is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with over 18 years of industry experience and over 2500 hours of coaching experience, helping people and organizations attain maximum effectiveness. His background includes working with CXOs, senior managers, managers and board of directors of small private companies to multi-billion dollar publicly traded organizations.

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