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.
As the Coach, I honour you, the client, as the expert in your life and work. I believe that you are naturally creative, resourceful and whole.
Standing on this foundation, my responsibility is to:
” Discover, clarify, and align with what you want to achieve
” Encourage your self-discovery
” Elicit solutions and strategies that are generated by yourself
” Hold you responsible and accountable
This process helps you to dramatically improve your outlook on work and life, while improving your leadership skills and unlocking your true potential.
What does a coaching session look like?
Typically, in each coaching session, you, as the client, choose the focus of conversation, while I will listen and contribute observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and helps you move into action.
Coaching accelerates your progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice.
Coaching concentrates on where you are now and what you are willing to do — and who you are willing to be — to get where you want to be in the future.
My role as Coach is to challenge you and take the time to find out what success in life means to you. I am your partner in living the life you know you can accomplish, personally and professionally. It can be difficult to reach our fullest potential alone. Athletes and performers understand this. They know they need someone else — a trained professional — to help set goals, discover real needs, and work effectively toward ultimate goals of excellence. So, they hire a coach to further their development. You can too.
Unlike business consultants who are hired to provide solutions, I believe the solutions lie within you. They may be hidden or stuck, but they’re in there! My job is to draw out, provide support, and enhance the skills, resources and creativity that are within you so that you can achieve your goals.
How do I know if I should hire a coach?
Hire a coach if you want better results, faster.
Companies and individuals; executives and parents; spouses and managers – they’ve all hired coaches.
If you or your team is ready to stretch, grow and discover – you’re probably ready to work with a coach.
Is coaching the same as therapy?
No. Coaching is not therapy. Coaches don’t work with mental illness, focus on the past, or deal much with dissecting personality.
Coaching is about envisioning and creating goals for a better future and working in partnership toward those new possibilities.
How long will I need to work with a coach for?
You, as the client, determine the length of the coaching relationship.
Sometimes it is as brief as the time it takes to accomplish a specific goal or project, but more often it is an ongoing relationship of at least three to six months – with sessions every couple of weeks to keep up momentum.
You’ll be amazed at how much progress you’ll make along the way.