Frequently Asked Questions
What is coaching?
Coaching represents a melting pot of professions and bodies knowledge from psychology, organizational and leadership development, and change management to adult learning theory, neuro-science and emotional intelligence. Coaches facilitate positive change for a person, group or team using a thought-provoking and creative process that improves performance and quality of life.
Why does coaching work?
Coaching works because of three unique features:
Synergy: Client and coach become a team, focusing on the client's goals and needs to accomplish more than the client would alone.
Structure: With a coach, a client takes more action, thinks bigger, and gets the job done, thanks to the process the coach uses to inspire thought and action.
Expertise: The coach knows how to help others expand their thinking, make better decisions, design the most inspiring goals, and encourage the client's motivation to change when they have not before.
Who works with a coach?
Entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, and people in transition use a coach to stimulate their thinking in new ways to solve, create, or plan something, personally or professionally.
What issues do clients work on?
Among many topics client and coach can work on:
Communications (listening, presence, influence, constructive confrontation)
Inspiring, best practices in leadership
Discovering a purpose-driven career
Addressing business or personal challenges
Making key decisions and designing strategies
Prioritizing to create focus
What should a client look for in a coach?
The right coach brings out your best, consistently. To do this, the coach you select should pass the following tests:
Does this coach have a track record of helping someone like me accomplish the goals I want?
Do I feel good and motivated to act when with this coach?
Will this coach keep up with me—and stay ahead of me—as I grow?
I believe that certification by the International Coach Federation, which requires the coach to have completed a rigorous training program, a minimum number of coaching hours and an exam, is an important consideration.