Neuroscience and coaching

Who knows if neuroscience will turn out to be the fifth revolution (along with Copernicus, Darwin, Freud and the discovery of DNA) as suggested by Ramachandran but there is already plenty of evidence that it will have significant implications for many aspects of society from Social Policy, to Defence and Security and the Criminal Justice System.

In the domains of Organisation Development and Learning and Development there are undoubtedly practical, valuable changes that we can make to current practices in the light of our greater understanding of the brain’s processes, strengths and limitations. However, one area that may not change significantly is that of 1:1 coaching. Why so? Because effective coaching already plays to the brain’s preferences in many ways and as the understanding of the brain increases it is validating and explaining why ‘best practice’ coaching can be such a powerful tool in bringing about lasting behavioural change. Not least amongst this is helping to explain why ‘external’ coaches are likely to be more effective than ‘internal’ ones.

The jury may still be out on mirror neurons, and it seems unlikely that we will ever really be ‘coaching to the ‘anterior cingulate cortex” but for now, properly structured and delivered 1:1 coaching is the best show in town for supporting change.

You can find out more about Think Change’s approach to coaching at this CIPD Workshop