Pros and Cons of Models and Processes

During coach training it is helpful to learn different models and processes to increase awareness and for greater flexibility in adjusting to individual clients.  There are pros and cons to using a specific coaching model or process.


  • A way to explain services.
  • Insight for how the coaching relationship works.
  • Common understanding.
  • Direction in preparing for coaching.
  • A roadmap to follow when coaching.
  • The coach develops expertise over time with a model or process.
  • When a coachee hires a coach, according to Harvard Business Review, they care most about experience in a similar setting and a clear methodology.


  • Specifics can create boundaries or limitations.
  • Staying with one model or process can limit thinking.
  • The model or process used may be less effective for any one coachee.
  • Adhering to one model or process only limits the opportunity to adjust the coaching to the coachee.
  • Staying with one model or process can create a routine or habit that becomes rote.

How does a coach effectively prepare for coaching with or without a model or process?

  • Learn about different models and processes.
  • Be open to shifting or changing the process based on what works best for the coachee.
  • Be open to co-creating a new or different model or process.

Coaching certification programs are an opportunity to learn and practice models, processes, and coaching techniques.  Developing skill and competency as a coach supports the success of both the coach and the client.

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