The Inner Resources & The Answers Within- Amlesh Ranjan

COACHING > What, Why, How, When & Who

The Inner Resources & The Answers Within — Amlesh Ranjan

Coaching has been my preferred mode for leading all through my career. I repeatedly got trained and have always been exploring various aspects & styles of #coaching. As a practicing #coach #leader and a member of ‘International Coaching Federation (ICF)’, on the occasion of ‘International Coaching Week 2021’, I am sharing WHAT, WHY, HOW, WHEN & WHO of COACHING, as I see it.

“The origination of the term ‘Coaching’ started in the later part of the 1880s. This term has been mostly associated with the sports profession.”*. “The term ‘Coach’ was initially started in 1830 and Oxford University put forth the meaning of this term as slang for a tutor”*. It kept evolving from other spheres of life, finally to Corporate. I am sharing my thoughts from Corporate perspectives.


In the corporate world, coaching does get talked a lot but often misunderstood and underutilized. There are many people development/improvement activities, let’s see, what they entail, and how Coaching is different from them-

TEACHING: Knowledge & Understanding Enhancement; TRAINING: Skill & Competency Improvement; MENTORING: Development & Growth Guidance; COUNSELLING: Emotional & Behavioral Intervention

So, what is Coaching? — “ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity, and leadership.”**

We can see, Coaching is a partnership in which the Coach works along with the Coachee to maximize their inherent potential. Coaching optimizes on Inner Resourcefulness, believing that the Answers are Within, and finding them through an aided Self-exploration can bring about required Clarity & Confidence to Chart a Path to the Desired Future.

Coaching have evolved into different types/forms: Life, Happiness, Wellbeing, Business, Executive, Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Performance, Team etc.


“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes, they need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and great things can happen.” — Pete Carroll***. Coaching is needed to tap into the enormous possibilities that lie within.

While people strive to do their best, they need someone to help explore the same. It is a question of self-belief. What they can do, is not always clear to them and they may end up below par. A coach can trigger change, resulting in bettering even their ‘best’.

Many successful people, after attaining a level of success, feel plateaued and if this period extends, it may result in boredom & decline. On the other hand, there are some facing failure and unable to achieve a breakthrough. A Coach can unlock next level of success for the successful and the way forward for those, who are facing failure.


As like all other disciplines, various Frameworks, Models and Tools of Coaching have been developed over a period of time, and this field continues to evolve.

Neuro- Linguistic Programming (NLP); GROW; SCORE; Strength-Based…., be it the framework or model or tools, the list is long, and options, varied. All have their own value. Applied Psychology and Behavioral Science have given lot of attention to Coaching as an important discipline and Coach as a profession.

While, there are various ways of conducting Coaching, to me, the most fundamental is — “Asking The Right Questions”. As the Goal is to Unlock the Inherent Potential; Ignite the Inner Resourcefulness and Generate the Answers Within, the Right Questions and Active Listening can result in Positive Breakthroughs.

It is also important that the Coach is neither getting influenced by his own thinking about the individual or the situation, nor asking leading questions towards what he/she feels, are the right answers. The person getting coached must go into exploration mode, building self-awareness to seek answers/solutions from within.


Ric Charlesworth said, “The interesting thing about coaching is that you have to trouble the comfortable and comfort the troubled”. A Coaching intervention is essentially there to take someone from current state to the desired state. It can be of value for the successful, as much as, for not so successful.

“Discover your gift, develop your gift, and then give it away every day.” Don Meyer**** put this across so aptly. Coaching need not be a trouble shooting or, failure addressing intervention. A Coach can be brought in to take individuals or teams from good to great. Coaching can facilitate discover and optimize the dormant opportunities.

American Management Association puts it nicely- “Coaching is a dialogue that leads to Awareness and Action. When an employee has the skills and ability to complete the task at hand, but for some reason is struggling with the confidence, focus, motivation, drive, or bandwidth to be at their best, coaching can help.”*****

The ongoing pandemic has unfortunately created huge disruptions in the corporate world. Many careers have been adversely impacted. Coaching can be of great help.


Coaching has its application and relevance all through the corporate hierarchy. Be it by Front Line Manager to the Customer facing Sales Force or, Head-Business to Functional Heads, Coaching as a mode of leadership is developmental for the one getting Coached and even for the one, who is coaching. It is recommended that a strong coaching culture is built within the organization.

It is equally prudent that the organizations engage External Coaches to develop Leaders & Teams. This can facilitate individual/collective change, if needed. This outside-in intervention can be huge source of developmental information.

Aspiring young or mid-level professionals need not wait for the organization to provide them a Coach. They can approach and hire one for themselves at an individual level. A Coach can mean a valuable input for Career Development.

Those, already in Leadership role, need it even more. Higher one goes in the hierarchy more is the need to have a Coach. Finding the next level of success or growth, when you are on the top, is even more difficult. Coaching can unlock new perspectives for self, as a Leader, as well as for the organization, one is leading.


“Coaching is the art and science of Inner Resource Optimization; needed to Trigger Positive Change and Transformation; by Right Questions and Self-exploration; through Success as well as Failure and for all Across Age-group and Hierarchy at Individual or at Team level.”

Go, Be a Coach or Get a Coach!!

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DISCLAIMER: The views expressed are personal.

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