The Difference of Being a Coach and a Problem Solver

There is a big difference in being a coach and becoming a problem solver, though the two terms seem to be interchangeable. You are either a coach or a problem solver and these two roles in life leads to two difference paths to success. So what is the difference of the two? To understand this, we must first we start off on learning what is the role acted by a coach and a problem solver.

Problem Solvers Handle Directly, Coaches Use Indirect Approach

First of all, a coach is a person who helps other people improve and become better individuals. You become a coach because you yourself have solved problems in the past and are now applying your techniques to help others solve their own problems. On the other hand, problem solvers solve the problem of others, with or without their help and here lay the first difference of these two terms.

A problem solver directly solves problems of other people. He or she will normally take over and directly work on problems. Coaches indirectly solve the problems of others by providing advice and helpful tips on how they can solve it themselves.

Coaches involve, Problem solvers relieve

A problem solver is a “Let me help you” person, while a coach is a “Help me help you” guy. A coach will find ways on how to tackle a problem, involve everyone, brainstorm and approach a problem as a team. Problem solvers would normally handle a situation on their own and tackle a problem using their own skills relieving others from the burden of solving it for themselves. Consequently, problem solvers are less communicative compared to coaches who rely on constant connections with other people to work together to solve a problem.

Coaches Guide, Problem Solvers Instruct

Another great difference of being a coach and a problem solver is that coaches guide people to solve problems, while problem solvers instruct. Being a guide is not just giving instruction, but helping people grasp instruction by breaking it down into small steps. A coach guides the way of his or her trainee until success is achieved. A problem solver on the other hand would provide information on how to solve a problem and would expect others to understand it and solve their problems.

Problem solvers carry while Coaches support

Last on this list of differences is that problem solvers carry the weight of the problem, while coaches support others. Motivation is the power coaches wield to release the productive potential locked inside people. Coaches would never handle the problem themselves because they know that people have more than enough power to handle any kind of problems they will encounter in life. Coaches help people unleash this power and support them as they solve problems for themselves. Problem solvers do not motivate other people, but allow ample time for them to handle a problem but would take over and carry the load when no improvement is seen.

In summary

Coaches are once successful problem solvers who want to impart their knowledge to other future problem solvers who may also become coaches. So in short, problem solvers are future coaches if they move on from doing things on their own to involving others and work together as a team to achieve success. So what do you want to be in life, a coach or a problem solver and we leave you decide.

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Cherry A. Collier, Ph.D., MCC, CNLPMC, RCC, CPCC
Chief Collaboration Officer, Master Certified Executive Coach & Inclusion Strategist

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Dr. Cherry Collier Ph.D. in Social/Organizational Psychology from UGA. Master Certified Coach (MCC) through the ICF and a Master Certified Coach and Trainer of NLP (MCNLP), Certified Mediator and Denison Culture Certified Consultant. Author of Move Out of Your Own Way and a 100+ book series The Science and Art, a collection of best selling books on the science of human behavior and success being used as reference for leaders, executives, managers and coaches from a variety of industries and professions. Professor of Coaching for the last 6 years at a University. Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Business School of a University. Over 5,000 hours helping with clients and coaches get massive results. Over 15 years serving as a mentor coach. Published scholar and has mentored Ph.D. and MBA learners. Founding Member of Coachville. Certified in various assessments Disc, MBTI and more