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What is coaching?

Simply expressed, coaching is a creative process between a coach and the client. The aim of a coaching conversation is essentially to help the client get clarity for whatever he or she wants to work on or is grappling with. The coach is trained to guide and facilitate the conversation in a way that aims to unlock the client's potential.

As per the International Association of Coaching (IAC), it is a transformative process for personal and professional awareness, discovery and growth, and the expansion of possibilities.

The coach and client are both a part of this awareness process. There is growth in it, by co-creating creative possibilities. The client brings to the sessions his or her challenges. No challenge is trivial or unimportant. The conversations take place keeping the client's highest interest and confidentiality in mind. If you are curious about how it all works, please feel free to book a session here.

What is the difference between life coaching and executive coaching?

Executive coaching focuses the coaching session towards professional issues that might be making the individual feel “stuck” in some way. The coach works with the client to come up with creative solutions to overcome the situation. It is like using the coach’s brain and one’s own, tuned together, with high mutual regard and trust, to work through matters of the mind and situation.

Life coaching focuses the coaching sessions towards life goals or life issues. Most often life issues have a lot of influence on professional issues. In reality, the two are deeply interlinked. The boundaries between “life” and “executive” coaching are diffused for sessions to be truly valuable for the client. However, the focus in an executive coaching session remains largely professional & in the latter, personal or life-related.

Myths & Truths

Myth : The coach will give me advice on what to do.

Truth : The coach does not give advice unless asked.

Myth: Going to a coach means I cannot solve my own problems.

Truth: Going to a coach means that you are empowering yourself to solve your own problems. The coach acts as a sounding board and an agent for expansion of thought and options.

Going to a coach means I have mental health issues

Truth : Our minds, like our bodies, need to be nurtured. Our brain, which is the single biggest integrator of functions of the body and mind, is an organ. It is also responsible for emotion, memory and reactions. It also may need a “health check-up” from time to time. So yes, going to a coach simply means you are giving yourself the space to explore your mind. And that being increasingly accepted as necessary for leading a healthful, wholesome life.

Myth: Those who cannot do it, become coaches.

Truth: Those who coach, are trained to do so. They listen to understand, they ask powerful questions, they are able to engage in a reflective conversation with the client. Many of them have a deep understanding and interest in human psychology and behaviour, which they continue to hone over their lifetimes. They are more empathetic than others. They themselves have master coaches to navigate their emotional and mental canvases. They are usually credentialled. It is a choice they make & dedicate a lot of personal resources to develop that part of themselves. They may draw from their own and learned experiences to help their clients.

Coaching Offered

  • Executive and Leadership Coaching
  • Self-Leadership
  • Change and Transition Coaching 
  • Life Coaching
  • Purpose Coaching 
  • Career Coaching for Young Minds, and 
  • Energy Coaching. 
  • Coaching for Women Professionals and Leaders. 


“Nandini has been a great companion in my journey as a founder. She has been associated with me since the beginning. Her strength lies in her need to explore all possibilities of any idea. This openness inspires me to dig deeper and eventually come out of my comfort zone.  She has the blend of patience and compassion together with the intelligence to understand what is left unspoken.”

Sujata Mukherjee, Founder Ashwini Charitable Trust, a 19 year veteran NGO & pioneer in serving underprivileged children in Bangalore. 

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