Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Much like an athlete needs a coach to build confidence in their abilities, improve their skills and develop a playbook, you will need a coach to partner with you to get you off the bench and into the game and perhaps even take you to the championship. Coaching is a form of development in which an experienced person, called a coach, supports and inspires a client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. Typically we explore ideas, beliefs, and assumptions and help you to see what you are not seeing on your own.
Coaches are thinking partners. We do not see our clients as clueless and needing to be shown the way (consulting). We do not see our clients as needing to be healed (therapy). We respect them as being just as smart as we are. They are able to use their creativity and resources to solve their own problems through a conversation that helps them see beyond their blocks.
Mentoring is an informal relationship between two people, of whom one has more experience and expertise than the other and offers advice and guidance on more general goals or overall development.
Coaching differs from mentoring by focusing on specific objectives, helps to develop a plan and becomes an accountability partner to get you across the finish line. Coaching is focused on getting you results by asking the right questions, acknowledging courageous decisions and helping to define the hurdles that have gotten in the way.
Coaching is best used when the coachee has some knowledge and skills to draw on, but they aren’t sure about the options, what’s best to do first, or the reasons for their own uncertainty. Sometimes people already know what they want to do and just need a sounding board. Coaching can help them sort out and organize thoughts. Not all conversations can or should be coaching sessions. Together we will figure the need s and if we are able to partner with you to move in that direction.
- Enable you to become aware of your own map of the world, better understand how to adapt to others around you, and adapt to or change your environment
- Provide you with a private space to talk about your challenges and deepest thoughts
- Present you with feedback, which helps you to see things from different perspectives
- Enable you to keep ownership of your vision and desires
- Enable you to change your perceptions, towards empowering beliefs and increased self-confidence
- Facilitate your self-expression and the formulation of your goals, wants and vision
- Provide an ongoing, short-term or long-term, presence to follow and support your growth
- Engage in an ethical conversation, driven by you, without advice or influence
- Pull information from you using good questioning strategies
- Listen to your story without engaging in the details with you
- Provide a compassionate, listening, judgment-free attitude and presence
- Ask your permission to provide feedback, not advice
- Ask you to confirm if what you said is accurately understood
- Always ask you what you want, how you feel about your decisions and ask you to confirm you are making your decisions for yourself and not for someone else
- Demonstrate willingness to question your own thoughts and motivations, not just seek affirmation for your views.
- Be open to exploring possible challenges and unexpected consequences?
- Open to being coached around the plan’s purpose, practicality, or contingencies.
A coach works with you to understand and explore problems, define clear, do-able and motivating goals, and gets you started off in your journey to change. All of this typically takes anywhere between 5 – 8 sessions.
Yes, but savings are greater with an hour session.
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