What Is A Framework, Really?

Framework seems to be a much overused word. It can mean so many different things. At its core it’s about creating something a group of people understand. It offers common reference points. Yet as it grows in complexity a framework can offer more directed guidance. A good example are legal ones

However that guidance should not be taken literally. It’s there as an information point to stimulate thought and action. It should not be mistaken for mandated direction. If it is, it’s unlikely to create any robust outcome. Simply put, it’s a shell to collect ideas, discussion points and possible outcomes. And it creates debate.

How Useful Is A Coaching Framework?

A coaching framework is useful in context.  Interchanging coaching framework and coaching model is a common problem.

A model is more directive; it offers a step by step approach to a situation and therefore it leaves little scope for adaptation. That’s fine in that context.

A good framework drives debate, forges content and develops ways of working.

Both are fine in their own way. In many situations the ‘coaching’ prefix is confusing. Some subjects such as ‘growing a client base’ benefits from discussion and challenge.

Yet in all probability, we need to talk about the ‘what’ instead of the ‘how’.

When we talk about ‘how’ the conversation is about detail. That conceptual perspective gets lost. However, talking about ’what’ open up conversations. We are all familiar with ‘what if’ and ‘what about’. It takes the conversation in new directions. That framework is important in this context providing a reference point. That’s because it’s alive,  created by the individuals and groups who trust each other to move forward to overcome challenges and maximise opportunities.

Much like us at The Coaching Revolution.