Welcome to Ascent Coaching and Training

2dWe provide evidence based coaching solutions for individuals and organisations.

Coaching is a creative and thought provoking process that facilitates individuals and organisations maximising their potential in agreed areas. Clients can benefit from coaching in areas including career transition, leadership development, interpersonal and professional communication, performance management, organisational effectiveness, developing executive presence, enhancing strategic thinking, dealing effectively with conflict, and building an effective team within an organisation.

To help you decide whether or not the information on this site is likely to be of interest to you you, we have provided some definitions that inform and guide our approach to coaching.

Coaching Ball - Large - No BackgroundOf the many and varied definitions of coaching the following description from Standards Australia (2011) is the one we have chosen to best represent our understanding of the coaching relationship:

“A collaborative endeavour between a coach and a client (an individual or group) for the purpose of enhancing the life experience, skills, performance, capacities or wellbeing of the client. This is achieved through the systematic application of theory and practice to facilitate the attainment of the coachee’s goals in the coachee’s context.”

We like Richard Kilburg’s (2011) definition of leadership as we believe it elegantly captures the multidimensional and emergent nature of leadership in today’s organisations.

Leadership Globe - Transparent“Leadership is a complex, multidimensional, emergent process in which the leader(s), follower(s), and other formal and informal stakeholders in a human enterprise use their characteristics, capabilities, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to create mutually influencing relationships that enable them to coevolve strategies, tactics, structures, processes, directions, and other methods of building and managing human enterprises with the goal of producing adaptive success in their chosen niche(s) in the competitive, evaluative, and evolving global ecology of organisations.”

EvidenceAt Ascent Coaching and Training, we believe that coaching should be informed by evidence: We should be able to explain what approach we are taking in a particular coaching context, and why we believe that approach is most likely to deliver the benefits that coaching can offer. We ascribe to the following definition of evidence based coaching:

“..the intelligent and conscientious use of current best knowledge integrated with practitioner expertise in making decisions about how to deliver coaching to individual clients and in designing and teaching coaching training programs” (Grant, Stober, 2006).