There are at least two kinds of coaching. One could be called finite, the other infinite.
Coaching is a metaphor that comes from sports. Sports are finite games, according to James Carse, author of the book Finite and Infinite Games. As a result, most coaches, without realizing it, are finite coaches.
What does it mean to be an infinite coach? While finite coaches are excellent at helping their clients achieve goals, infinite coaches go beyond goals to ask:
- What is the infinite game that is served by the achievement of a finite goal?
- Because the achievement of a goal is just a stop along the way, how can the entire journey become as important as the goal?
- What goals are really worth having in the first place?
Are you a finite or an infinite coach?