How does coaching work? 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.
I define coaching as an ongoing collaborative partnership built on action.
What results can coaching give you? Clients can experience different results with coaching; some examples include improved clarity and focus; expanded options; fearless living of your life; heightened self-esteem.
The goals of each coaching conversation are to assist individuals in (1) promoting self-discovery, (2) establishing achievable, yet challenging, goals, (3) determining a course of action, and (4) empowering themselves to achieve their goals.
An action plans are developed and targets of accountability are set. To support putting this plan into action, we meet a couple of times each month. The length and frequency of appointments are determined after the initial coaching session.
By starting a coaching arrangement, you are indicating that you are willing to do and be your best. This is a personal investment of your resources and demands your best work.
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During the coaching relationship, you may share future plans, business dealings, and other proprietary information with a me. I do not at any time, either directly or indirectly, use any such information for my own benefit. I do not give out the name of any Client as a reference without their consent. The coaching relationship is confidential unless the you choose to talk about it.
Differences Between Coaching and Therapy or Counseling
Therapy and counseling are searches for an understanding of your past wounds and a processional journey down a pathway to healing. Coaching is built on trust and the ability to give and receive feedback as well as the willingness to be challenged. There are many tools available to the coach and her client. Regardless of the tools selected, coaching occurs mostly in this manner:
Define the base line (where are we?)
Establish the personal vision (where do we want to be?)
Define the goals (what do we want to accomplish?)
Identify the barriers to success (what is not working? missing?)
Design an action plan (how are we going to get there?)
Work with specific and timely feedback (challenges for growth)
Deliver on your plan (accountability)
What will we do? As partners we must connect and communicate openly. Coaching is a partnership based on a trusted relationship. If you are not comfortable with me, we will not be successful. This is your call. Everyone is unique.
Too, sometimes we have a particular issue and one session may be sufficient to enable us to become unstuck, call and let's talk.