What is the difference between Coaching and Consulting?

The primary difference between coaching and consulting is that coaching is focused on the individual and consulting on the business. A consultant will provide a solution for the client, such as exactly which road to take to get somewhere. The coach will ask the right questions so that the client can arrive at the destination via the road that is personally best for them. Once the destination, or goal, is reached the consultant leaves the picture while the coach remains on the scene to continue to encourage the client to fully reach their goals and dreams.

Consultants usually specialize in a particular field of expertise, at Patch Coaching our consulting services are focused on Organizational Development, Team Development, Strategic Planning and Project Management. As process consult’s we work with business leaders to develop a shared vision within their organization.

  • What a consultant cannot do is help you transform your business into being successful if the problem is you. Most consultants don’t focus on people and in fact can benefit from a coach themselves.
  • A coach is a facilitator of growth and change. The role of the coach is to help you and through you they can make a difference in your business and your life.
  • Hiring a coach doesn’t mean you have serious problems. Hiring a coach means you are aware that if you make certain improvements in your behaviors and core beliefs, your chances of being successful will increase dramatically.
  • To simplify, a consultant will advise their clients on how to solve the problem while a coach helps guide the client to their own conclusions.
  • You hire a consultant to produce a certain outcome and you hire a coach to support and guide you to achieve the outcome yourself.
  • Metaphorically, a consultant gives you a fish and feeds you a meal, while a coach teaches you to fish so you can feed yourself indefinitely.

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