Coaching is not telling you what to do. Coaching is helping you clarify and control your work or your job.
It is helping you evaluate what you are doing now in your work or job in the light of your goals, passions, values and intentions. It gives you new choices and leads to change.
Training and teaching involve the transfer of skills and knowledge to the learner. The trainer or teacher is the expert.
In coaching, the coach is not the expert. Coaching does not give answers, but asks questions. Coaching explores the present and designs the future for you. You learn in the process, but the coach does not teach directly.
A consultant is usually an expert in a specific area of expertise. They diagnoses problems and recommends and implements solutions, and may even implement strategies and programs for you. A consultant’s recommendation affect individuals indirectly.
Coaching affects individuals directly. Coaching will very often be part of a consultant’s recommendations for a business. The assumption with coaching is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approach and frameworks.
A coach will ask probing questions to bring out your unique abilities, help you create a vision and plan for the future, and will stay with you while you implement changes. A coach holds you accountable for what you say you will do. Coaching gives you a push to do more than you would do on your own, and helps you overcome limiting beliefs that are holding you back from success.
Everyone and anyone. Organizations hire coaches to improve teamwork, to coach executives, help managers, and help professionals.
You will avoid many of the mistakes your peers make.
And, you will accomplish more than you would on your own.
Furthermore, you will achieve your goals more quickly.
You will have a collaboration partner.
And finally, you will significantly improve your results.
The process begins with a telephone consultation. This is where we determine if you and our coach are a good fit.
The coaching process begins with a personal interview to assess your current opportunities and challenges. To define the scope of the relationship. And to identify priorities for action, and establish specific desired outcomes. This first meeting is a discovery session that lasts approximately 2 hours.
After this initial session, you and coach agree on a regular schedule for 2-3 sessions per month. These subsequent coaching sessions last an agreed upon length of time. The length of a session depends on the program chosen. Coaching commitments generally range from 3-12 months.
Between scheduled coaching sessions, you may be asked to complete specific actions that support the achievement of the prioritized goals. Prior to each session, you are asked to prepare and submit a feedback form to your coach. This form lists what you did during the past period, what you want to work on during the current session, and how you are feeling at that time. You come to your session with an agenda of not only what you want to discuss, but also what you would like from your coach during the session. The shape of each coaching session is determined by that day’s agenda. Towards the end of the session, you and your coach insert accountability by deciding, together, what actions you will take during the coming period on that day’s topic.
If you have questions, triumphs, or disappointments during the period in between meetings you can contact your coach by email (anytime), or by phone (by appointment). You may undertake as much homework as you choose. Most of the learning, growth, action, or result happen between the sessions.
Your coach may provide or recommend additional resources in the form articles, literature, checklists, assessments, or models, to support your thinking and actions.
This is your business and your career. The responsibility for success rests with you. Your coach will guide you, provide resources, encourage action, and be your accountability partner. You do the work.
The typical client/coach relationship lasts 3 to 6 months. While coaching can be very effective for short-term change, our clients stay with coaching an average of 12 to 18 months, some longer. The learning that takes place creates results that continue for one to three years. Business coaching is not meant to be a “quick fix” or a short-term relationship.
No. Your coach wants you to be autonomous and achieve what you want. They make it clear from the start that you are responsible for, and own the results of the coaching. Coaching works to make you more self reliant, not less so.
The base rate of an hour of coaching services is $200. When committing to more hours than listed in the online starters packages, this rate becomes less, depending on the number of committed hours. Note that coaching is not an expense. It is an investment in your personal or your team’s business success.
Coaching sessions may be held in-person, over the phone, or via an online meeting. Schedule, cost, and convenience usually dictates your choice. Most preferred is to have a combination of these formats.
It is important to secure a private room that is not subject to disruption for sessions held outside of the coaching office.
We do not talk about our clients. We maintain strict confidentiality for all your business and personal information. And, we follow the ICC Standards and Code of Ethics.
Executive Coaching (e.g. CIO Coaching and CISO Coaching)
Coaching for top-level management to improve strategic decision-making and leadership.
Business Coaching (e.g. BRM Coaching, Program Manager Coaching, and IT Strategist Coaching)
Business coaches coach management-level people in their work on professional issues. They often work with managers inside an organization and may also coach teams.
Professionals Coaching (e.g. Change Manager Coaching, Risk Owner & Control Owner Coaching and Service Owner and Process Owner Coaching)
Professional coaches coach expert-level people in their work on professional issues. They often work with experts inside an organization and may also coach teams.
Many of our coaches specialize in coaching business teams. These coaches help teams to give their best, helping them to work smoothly and effectively.