At the very beginning of my journey to become a Coach the word ‘Meta’ sounded mysterious. In a curious state I asked my Trainer: “What does ‘Meta’ mean?” His reply was: “From a state beyond, a higher state. Like Metaphysics.”
“Like Metaphysics”, he explained. And what does ‘Metaphysics’ mean, I wondered. To conquer my ignorance I visited the dictionary and found out that Metaphysics is: “the branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things, including abstract concepts such as being, knowing, identity, time, and space.” And hence being a Meta-Coach means to work with my clients through their own sense of identity, their being, their relationship with time, with others and the world, which means their own Matrix.
Meta Coaching is…
Coaching is a field that works at a higher (Meta) position to the client and the client’s experience. As a sports coach does not have to be an expert in the sport himself, he or she does have to know how to get the best out of the player. A meta-coach is an expert in structure and process rather than in content. The client is his or her own best expert in content.
The meta-coach, knowing how people function and operate, and with his meta-knowledge and meta-skill, is skilled in getting the best out of the client.
As a meta-coach, I deal with my clients from a know-nothing state. I don’t offer solutions, I have no answers. I invite my clients, in a fierce conversation, to explore their own worlds, to identify their own desired outcomes and their personal action plans to move towards their outcomes. The dialogue and relationship I facilitate with my clients empower them to run their own brains, access their resources and achieve their highest outcomes. All on meta levels, beyond the behaviour, exploring the beliefs, identity, values, internal resources and many more.
“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them,” Timothy Gallwey
Coaching Mastery Training Manual, 2017 edition. L. Michael Hall, PH. D.