Frequently Asked Questions
How is coaching different from therapy or consulting?
Professional coaching is a distinct service which focuses on an individual’s life as it relates to goal setting, outcome creation and personal change management. Coaching can be distinguished from therapy in a number of ways. Coaching is a profession that supports personal and professional growth and development based on individual-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is forward moving and future focused. Therapy, on the other hand, deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or a relationship between two or more individuals. Therefore, the focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past. Coaching can also be distinguished from consulting in a number of ways. Unlike coaching, with consulting there is often an assumption that the consultant diagnoses problems and prescribes and sometimes implements solutions. Conversely, the assumption with coaching is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
Who Works with a Coach?
Entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, and people in transition are examples of people who typically work with a coach.
What are some typical reasons someone might work with a Coach?
There are many reasons that an individual or team might choose to work with a coach, including but not limited to the following:
- There is a lack of clarity, and there are choices to be made;
- There is an issue at stake (a challenge, stretch goal or opportunity), and it is urgent, compelling or challenging or all of the above;
- There is a gap in knowledge, skills, confidence, or resources;
- There is a desire to accelerate results;
- Work and life are out of balance, and this is creating unwanted consequences; or
- One has not identified his or her core strengths and how best to leverage them.
How Does a Coach Do This?
Coaching is delivered during regular sessions by telephone, online and/or in person, whichever is more convenient. A coach helps you determine your needs by understanding what you are trying to increase or decrease. A coach works with you to uncover the “gaps” between your present state of affairs and your desired state of affairs.
What is the Length of Coaching Session?
Coaching sessions run 60 minutes.
How long is the Initial Coaching Period?
Generally, the minimum commitment is three to six months. The benefits of coaching build over time. To make this experience as valuable as possible, I encourage you to make this important commitment to yourself.
What Should I look for in a Coach?
It is recommended that you check references and try out a coach for a month to see if he is really the right fit. The right coach should have a track record of helping someone like you accomplish the goals you want. A coach should be able to keep up with you and even anticipate the emerging goals ahead of you while you grow. You should feel motivated to take action and feel energized with a coach.
Where Do I Start with a Coach?
During your first coaching session a coach will effectively establish the client – coach alliance, understand your roles, organizational factors and personal influences. A coach will then set expectations for working together. A coach will inquire about the nature of the trigger event, challenge or opportunity, explore your hopes and concerns, and clarify expectations about the parameters of the coaching process.
How Would I Get Started?
Contact us to arrange for a free, no-obligation coaching session to begin this beneficial process.