A coach helps clients determine their vision, strategy, action plan, and then supports them in realizing the next chapter of their lives. Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott envisioned coaching as a profession in 1974, when she started The MMS Institute, which specializes in Coach Training and Personal Development Programs for professionals.
Dr. Cherie realized that the skills required to be a coach were very different from consulting, advising, and mentoring. As a response to significant demand, Dr. Cherie designed and presented the first MMS Coach Training in the US in 1975 in San Francisco. In 1990, MMS Coach Training expanded to Europe and then in 2010 the MMS Coach Training expanded to Asia. MMS is the oldest Coach Training organization in the world, and continues to train some of the most effective Coaches in the industry worldwide.
The MMS Certified Coach asks open-ended questions, suspends judgment, creates a safe environment, and encourages the client to use their imagination and explore their options. The coach has no agenda and trusts that the client knows their own best choice. The MMS Coach does not provide advice, guidance, or good ideas, like a mentor does.
When big change happens in someone’s life and where new skills are required, it’s not uncommon for doubt, uncertainty, overwhelm, and even low-level anxiety to enter one’s thoughts. Indeed, humans are creatures of habit. We like familiar, predictable, stable, controllable circumstances and transitions can be unsettling for anyone.
It’s in these situations where working with a coach can be helpful, empowering and supportive. The coach has the skill set to untangle the
spaghetti of conflicting and stressful thoughts in the clients mind so that the client can get clear on their wants, needs, and desires and commit to an action plan to get the results they want.