A problem described by The client is often a starting point for the Coaching process. The client sees a certain issue as a sort of problem and wants to achieve desired change during his meetings with the coach.
The problem is at the same time a description of a situation from the perspective of missing something, imperfectness, lack of effectiveness, disharmony or distractor. Too much exploration of a problematic situation during a coaching session usually brings negative results. That is why after a brief introduction of the problem, a goal, that is the expected effects of the process or session, should be formulated.
Dealing with a problematic situation instead of searching for solutions that will enable to achieve the goal may cause to exaggerate the obstacles in the client’s perception, and what goes with it – change his state into an unresourceful one (a bad mood, lack of empowerment, a disability to see resources, etc.). Additionally, not specifying the target causes chaos during sessions, which hinders both the coach’s and client’s work. As a result, the effect that the client achieves may be far from acceptable. That is why working with a problem is perceived as an error in practice.