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What is Coaching?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Individuals who engage in a coaching relationship can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision-making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles.” (coachfederation.org)
One of the greatest benefits of coaching is the sustainability of the changes that take place through the coaching process. Rather than only solving a problem at hand, the client’s ability to find solutions in any situation in enhanced. Imagine a forum where the only agenda is helping you achieve your goals. Coaching is a place to be heard in an unfiltered, confidential relationship that supports your growth and development so that you can overcome obstacles that get in your way and optimize your life. It’s an opportunity to get feedback in a way that challenges you to access your true potential.
What are the Outcomes from Coaching?
Some of the outcomes you can expect from coaching include:
- Increased self-awareness
- Reduced stress
- Greater engagement and productivity
- Increased ability to influence others to achieve positive, purposeful action
- Enhanced decision-making skills and confidence in decisions
- Improved communication skills
- Greater self-confidence
- Improved relationships in the workplace and personally
- Clarity of purpose
- Greater work/life balance
- More satisfaction in key areas of life
How are Coaching Sessions Conducted?
Coaching sessions can be held in person or by phone. We work with clients all over the US and internationally by phone, but with local clients our sessions are typically held in person.
Corporate coaching packages are customized to each organization's needs. Typically this includes a combination of on-site workshops, group coaching sessions, individual sessions, 360 feedback, Energy Leadership Index assessment, MBTI or other assessments.
For individual clients, coaching sessions are typically bundled in 10 sessions (1 hour each) over a period of 3 - 4 months. In some cases, 6 -12 months of coaching is arranged.
How Long Does a Coaching Relationship Last?
Coaching is customized to each person's needs, so there is no hard and fast rule. Many people retain a coach for a short time period (i.e. three to six months) to work on a specific, limited challenge. Once people experience that effectiveness, they often make an extended commitment to coaching, or they return to the coaching relationship when significant events or issues arise down the line. A good coach constantly pushes you to optimize your performance. That's one reason coaching is so effective.
How Effective is Coaching?
Studies have found that the return on investment in coaching top level managers and executives can often be as high as five or six to one. These remarkable findings explain why executive coaching has grown so markedly in the past decade.
Who is a Candidate for Coaching?
Coaching is about personal change, so it is for people who are ready to commit to making positive change, challenging the status quo in some area of their personal or professional lives. Coaching is for individuals who are results-oriented and who are ready to accept full responsibility for effecting the outcomes they desire. While we specialize in coaching successful professionals, top-level executives, and entrepreneurs, any manager or executive, whatever the stage of his or her career, can benefit significantly from working with a coach.
How is Coaching Different than Counseling, Mentoring and Consulting?
Counseling focuses on resolving issues from the past in order to more into the present more effectively. Coaching focuses on identifying obstacles that hold the client back from moving forward from the present towards their desired future, developing strategies to overcome them and holding the client accountable to their own agenda. Mentors share lessons learned from their own experience. Consultants use their knowledge to analyze and make specific recommendations for change.
Coaching is more about asking the right questions while empowering clients to discover their own solutions and create the success they desire. In coaching, the underlying belief is that all of us have the answers within and that there are inner blocks that get in our way of achieving our goals. Some of the approaches used in coaching include intuitive listening, clarifying, empowering questions, brainstorming, creating action plans and accountability.