What is Appreciative Coaching and How is it Different

Does everyone need a coach in their personal and professional life? Growing up we had coaches for all the sports we played. We can all remember the best coaches we had growing up. Yes, if we needed a coach to play sports we definitely need a coach in our personal and professional lives.

The purpose of this article is to explore the whats and the whys of life and appreciative coaching, an appreciative coaching model, and why I have chosen it for my own coaching practice. My practice is focused on appreciative coaching for cyber careers. The goal is to coach people on how to become cybersecurity specialists and what it takes to break into the profession

What is Life Coaching?

Life coaching is an approach that helps people to achieve their goals, whether it is personal or professional. The process of life coaching begins with an assessment, where the coach will figure out what their client’s goals are and what they need to do in order to achieve them. The coach will then give the client tools and strategies that they can use in order to help them get closer to achieving those goals.

What is Appreciative Coaching?

Appreciative Coaching is a positive and constructive approach to life coaching. It is based on the idea of building people up instead of fixing them. It starts with figuring out what gives an individual life.

Appreciative Coaching focuses on appreciating what is working well and what can work better in a person\’s life in order to help them achieve their goals. The coach helps the client identify their strengths and build on them, rather than focusing on weaknesses that need to be fixed.

It also emphasizes that everyone has something unique about themselves that makes them special and worth respecting, even if they don\’t feel it themselves.

How to Coach Using the Appreciative Approach

The appreciative approach is a coaching technique that focuses on what is going well and how to make it even better. It\’s a way of looking at the world that celebrates the good things and helps people see their potential for growth.

The appreciative approach is not just about being positive or ignoring problems. It\’s about focusing on what\’s going well in an individual or organization and then using that as a starting point to help them reach even higher levels of success.

How does the Appreciative Approach Differ from Traditional Approaches?

The appreciative approach is different from traditional approaches to coaching. The traditional approach has a focus on what’s wrong, while the appreciative approach focuses on what’s right.

This is a topic that often gets overlooked in life coaching sessions. The appreciative approach is based on the idea that by focusing on the positive qualities and strengths of a person, they will be able to find their own answers.

The Benefits of an Appreciation-Based Approach

This section will explore the benefits of an appreciative-based approach and how it can be used to improve leadership skills.

Appreciative inquiry is an approach that was developed by David Cooperrider, PhD. He believes that organizational and personal change is not a matter of fixing what is wrong, but making what’s right even better.

Appreciation-based approaches have been found to have many benefits for individuals and organizations including:

  • Increased motivation and engagement
  • Reduced stress and burnout
  • Improved creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills
  • Enhanced emotional intelligence

What is the Appreciative Coaching Model?

The Appreciative Coaching model is a coaching approach that is based on the belief that people are inherently good and have the capacity to change. The focus of this model is to help people realize their potential by providing them with positive feedback, encouragement, and support.

The Appreciative Coaching Model was created by David Cooperrider in 1990. It has been used in various industries including education, health care, law enforcement, and business coaching.

The model consists of the following:

  • Discovery – searches for and identifies what gives the individual life
  • Dream – Imagining potential futures
  • Design – Reaching a shared vision or value
  • Destiny – Construct futures through positive action

Why I am choosing the Appreciative Coaching Approach to my practice?

I have worked in education and training since 1993 and taught everything from operating systems, hardware, software, coding, networking, cybersecurity, and many more. A lot of my students came to my class with baggage and their own personal story. My life’s purpose is to cut through the noise and then coach them to their dreams. I have found by coaching them from a position of love makes a huge difference. I discovered appreciative inquiry in my doctoral work and have been using it more and more in my own work. I have used pieces of it successfully and so now I will use the model in my own coaching practice. It changes the conversation from one of forward-looking instead of looking backward. It focuses on putting the client at the center and they control their own journey.


The appreciative approach is a way of thinking that focuses on the positive aspects of life. It helps us to not only appreciate the good things in our lives but also to create more of them.

The appreciative approach is a way of thinking that focuses on the positive aspects of life. It helps us to not only appreciate the good things in our lives but also to create more of them. The theory is based on research conducted by Dr. Martin Seligman and Dr. Christopher Peterson at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998, and they found that people who are optimistic are better able to deal with adversity than people who are pessimistic or negative thinkers because they have a higher resistance to depression and anxiety as well as a higher sense of well-being and life satisfaction.

If you are looking for help in breaking into cyber, let me know. I look forward to working with you in your career endeavors.

If you have any questions, please let me know.



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