In this blog we will explore what Neurocoaching is, and what it isn’t.
Back in 2014, Sherpa Consulting ran their annual Executive Survey, and the specialist field of neuroscience topped the field of desirable backgrounds for a coach. 76% of coaches surveyed back then said neuroscience should play a strong role in coaching in the future, and their predictions have certainly come through.
However, the application of neuroscience to coaching can mean many things to many people. It is a complex spectrum of delivery alternatives, which we can explore.
Coaching is: a collaborative conversation that helps people produce the results they are looking for, by bridging the gap between where they are now and where they want to be.
The application of research medicine, applied psychology, the study of human behaviour and imaging of the structures of the brain(s) we have.
Therefore, neurocoaching is: the application of neuroscience into coaching practice by applying it in a way clients can practically use it.
Therefore, neurocoaching is the application of neuroscience into coaching practice by applying it in a way clients can practically use it.-Robert Holmes, Director of Research, Neurocoaching Australia
So in this respect I would agree with Sarah McKay who, in a recent post took umbrage at coaches simply quoting the latest pop-psych piece from a main stream media personality and randomly applying that to their coaching. The field of Neurocoaching cannot be mastered in one mainstream article, and nor should coaches apply the term ‘neuro’ to their practice if they have not had any training.
Neurocoach for the Australian Olympic Taekawando team, Ian Snape says that neurocoaching is about helping a client manage their state in the moment by changing one of three aspects: physiology, biochemistry and neurology. In practice then, neurocoaching could take the form of:
For further reading: “Coaching for Lasting Change: What neuropsychotherapy has to teach us.”
Robert is an expert in the science of human behaviour and performance enhancement with a passion for neurology, leadership and the psychology of potential. He believes it is important to bring hard science to coaching, and that coaching practices be evidence based and research backed. Robert is a founding partner at Frazer, Holmes Coaching and current Director of Brand and Marketing for the International Coach Federation Australasia (ICFA). Robert is a professionally certified coach (PCC) with over 20 years of business experience and an ICF Accredited Mentor Coach. He is an Associate at the National Speaker's Association, a member of the Coaching Psychology interest group at the APS, a certified Action Learning Coach, a Member of the Australian Institute of Management Consultants.