Frequently Asked Questions About Coaching

WHAT IS COACHING? 


The International Coach Federation defines coaching as, partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching is a powerful, ongoing relationship that helps you focus and realize your vision and goals. With a Professional Coach, you will get the tools and support you need to remove obstacles and facilitate change.

Coaching can occur with individuals and groups to build leadership skills that take individuals and teams to the next level. The difference between a good organization and a great organization comes down to leadership.

Coaching is non-directive. In other words, a coach doesn’t give advice or tell you what to do. Coaching involves listening deeply and asking questions, so clients can explore new perspectives and discover the best solutions for their challenges. Coaching involves a co-creative process to determine the definition of success for each individual. It is performance driven and is a partnership that inspires the client to reach his or her maximum potential – personally and professionally.

Trust, Confidentiality, Compassion, Non-Judgment: These are hallmarks of coaching and should be either called out specifically or ‘woven into the narrative’ as the coaching progresses.

Structure and Agenda: Most coaching relationships are short-term – up to about one year, but some can last longer depending on the situation and the goals set by the client. Coaching relationships need structure – regularly scheduled conversations usually occur once every two or three weeks depending on the client’s needs. The client sets the agenda, and the coach serves as a collaborator and partner to foster growth and facilitate goal achievement. 

Expertise: Coaches are hired for their expertise and to help clients gain improvements. The coach is prepared to ask thought-provoking questions that require clients to think outside the box and dig deep into their decision-making skills.

Bottom line: Coaching realizes that all people are inherently strong, capable and wise. It is helping clients come to the best answers themselves. A coach is an expert at asking the right thought-provoking questions that allow the client to reach her own best solutions. The client develops and owns her plan – but the coach and the client work together as a team.

WHAT DO PEOPLE SOMETIMES CONFUSE COACHING WITH? 

Training, Consulting, and Mentoring: Coaching is not training, consulting or mentoring. These services are development driven and objectives are often set by the trainer, consultant or mentor. A senior or more experienced individual guides, supports, and provides feedback and advice to the client. These relationships tend to be more long-term, often lasting for many years. The meetings tend to be less formal and on an as-needed basis. When advising, consulting, and mentoring, the clients ask the questions and tap into the trainer's / consultant's / mentor’s expertise with those questions. The client is often less experienced and in a less senior position than the advisor and the trainer/consultant/mentor provides wisdom and guidance comes from their own experiences.

Therapy: Coaching is not therapy. Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways.

WHY HIRE A LEADERSHIP COACH? 

Leadership is lonely - Often a coach is someone a leader truly trusts that he or she can confide in. Sometimes leaders just need to 'bounce things off of' a coach or otherwise get things off their chest while knowing the coach holds the conversation in non-judgmental confidence.

Leadership is tumultuous -  Leaders are often caught second-guessing their decisions or wondering what decision to make. Organizational leadership is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous and a coach can help leaders navigate in this environment.

Additional benefits -

Improved: Leadership Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Organizational Skills, Decision Making
Increased: Productivity, Bottom Line, Goal Achievement
Better Relationships with: Partners, Coworkers, Management, Teams
Reduced Conflict: Personal and Professional

AM I READY TO BE COACHED?

This question requires reflection. You are encouraged you to read Brenda Steinberg's Harvard Business Review article titled, Are You Ready to be Coached? Ms. Steinberg finds seven core characteristics that differentiate people who benefit from coaching versus those who don't:

1. Tolerance for discomfort
2. Openness to experimentation
3. Ability to look beyond the rational
4. Willingness to take responsibility
5. Capacity for forgiveness
6. Self-discipline
7. Ability to ask for support

WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS MY COACH?

As your coach, I honor you as the expert and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Coaching helps clients achieve fulfillment, unlocking their potential and leveling up their leadership skills.

Standing on this foundation, it is my responsibility is to: 

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what my clients want to achieve
  • Encourage client self-discovery
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable

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WHAT IS A TYPICAL SESSION LIKE?

The hallmark of coaching is self-responsibility. The client sets the agenda for the session and the coach follows that agenda. You can expect powerful and clarifying questions, focused and fine-tuned planning tools, and accountability. As your coach, I'll have high expectations of you and support you thoroughly. We start each coaching conversation by agreeing on a Topic for that session, as well as what the client wants to see as an Outcome and how he or she defines Success for that Outcome. I will also ask what the deeper Meaning is behind your Topic and how it aligns with your overall Goals and Vision for the future. 

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

It's easy: Just go to the calendar on any of our web pages and schedule an appointment to arrange a time to talk and discuss your goals for coaching, as well as set up a sample coaching session. Alternatively, feel free to fill out your information on the Contact tab and we will follow up with you to discuss more. 

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