Coaching or Consulting

By Dr. Addison Killeen

December 26, 2023

I had someone recently ask me, “Is what you do called coaching or consulting?” It didn’t occur to me quite exactly what the difference was until I spent some time thinking about it.

There are a lot of reasons folks look for coaching. Sometimes, it’s because things are good and they want them to be great. But most of the time, it’s because they are having problems in some form. Things in their life and leadership aren’t working for them. Perhaps there’s nothing drastically wrong but the person has a sense deep down that in order to face the challenges of the future they need to change: change their approach, change their perspective, change their whole way of being–but change they can’t do alone.

Enter coaching. Not consulting. Coaching!

Coaching offers a unique approach to personal development. It goes beyond simply providing answers or strategies. 

Consulting answers questions. Giving opinions, and offering solutions. It doesn’t focus on turning the person into a different, better version of themselves. 

Instead, coaching empowers individuals to better understand themselves, their values, and what truly matters to them. Commitment to this self-inquiry, communication with a coach, and subsequent improvement is the vehicle for lasting and impactful change. Tactical and strategic changes often work quickly but fade. But, changing from the inside out leads to life-long shifts in who we are and how we show up in the world. 

When we look within and have a group of others who can help us see within, we give ourselves an opportunity to grow into the type of leader (and human) we aspire to be.

To be clear, whether you’re interested in coaching with Dental Success Institute with Dr. Mark Costes or any other group, you need to make sure you look for coaches who will not just give you a system; they need to teach you how to become a leader who learns and grows. 

Of course, if you’re interested in the Dental Success Institute always keep an eye out for the annual Dental Success Summit 2024 in San Antonio this spring or jump on a call with Mark Costes to see if this program is right for you. 

P.S. If you’re not quite ready to commit to a coach, maybe Dental Success Network is a way to start with a community of like-minded people. Sometimes, the many voices on DSN can function very similarly to a coach.