- What is Coaching?
- Who can Benefit from Having a Coach?
- What’ss it Like to Have a Coach?
- The Qualities You Can Expect From Your Coach.
- Coaching Process
- Coaching – An On Going Relationship
What is Coaching?
Coaching is a 1-on-1 relationship that focuses 100% on your objectives.
Your coach is a professional who works with individual clients like you to help them achieve results and sustain life-changing behavior in their lives and careers.
Coaches address you, the whole person—with an emphasis on uncovering blind spots and producing right action that leads to more fulfillment, more balance, and more effective processes for living.
Consultants have been around a long time. Coaches are relatively new. The two professions take very different approaches.
- Consultants are problem solvers. Their underlying message is, “I’m smarter than you are. I’ll tell you what’s wrong and how to fix it.”
- Coaches are people developers. They don’t tell their clients what to do; they ask questions. Their message is, “You’re smart. I’ll be a mirror to help you look inside yourself, so you can not only solve this problem, but maximize your potential in all areas of your life.”
- The goal of consulting is typically to maximize profits.
- The goal of coaching is to maximize potential.
Coaches also operate differently from trainers and group facilitators.
- Trainers work with groups of people, primarily by teaching in a classroom setting within a short, predetermined time frame.
- Coaches work with individuals, primarily by listening and asking questions over an extended, open-ended time period.
- The goal of training is to impart information. The key ingredient is knowledge.
- The goal of coaching is to elicit action. The key ingredient is relationship.
Coaching is a powerful relationship that enables people to make important changes in their lives. The primary benefits begin after clients hang up the phone. That’s when they begin the real work of redirecting their lives.
Who Can Benefit from Having a Coach?
You probably know what it’s like to navigate through your professional life alone. If you’re like most people, you’ve been doing it for years. And the higher up in management you go, the harder it gets. “It’s lonely at the top.”
Coaches fill a vital need that no one else can meet.
- Spouses can be good listeners, but it’s problematic to bring in depth counseling into the middle of a marriage.
- Friends will listen and give help when they can, but they’re not trained to identify the most significant issues. And they won’t have the time or the commitment to be there for you consistently. When they have needs of their own, they want to receive help, not give it.
- Business associates have limited time, and their values and goals may sometimes be in conflict with yours. Understandably, they are more committed to their own success. Besides, many issues are too sensitive to discuss with peers, bosses, and subordinates.
Think of someone—perhaps a family member or a close friend—who is going through change. Imagine what a gift it would be for him/her to have a coach in his/her life—a trained professional who really cares about him/her.
All of us have meaningful conversations about our lives and careers once in a while, but a coach is available regularly and consistently, to support and guide one through trials and triumphs.
The impact of coaching increases with time. As coach and client get to know each other better, the coach becomes more familiar with the client’s strengths and weaknesses, aspirations and dreams—and the acts of sabotage that jeopardize those dreams.
So, who can benefit from having a coach—anyone who’s going through change. And that includes just about all of us!
What’s it Like to Have a Coach?
Having a coach is like having your own personal navigator for your life’s journey. The coach helps you chart your course and reach your destination.
Imagine having someone in your corner who is totally committed to your success. Someone who always encourages the powerful part of you; who sees how big you can be and constantly holds up that big image for you—even when you can’t hold it up for yourself.
Imagine a relationship that places the total focus on you. A relationship with someone who helps you clarify your dreams, aspirations, passions, and values, helps you celebrate your victories, and learn from your setbacks as you press on toward achieving your goals … together.
Imagine the benefit of having regular conversations with a skilled, trained professional who really listens to you … not just to your words, but to your emotions, your energy, and even the spaces between your words. A coach is a professional who provides a “safe” place for you to move beyond superficial, inhibited, self-limiting conversations, so that you have the confidence to express even your doubts and fears … someone who helps you gain the tools and strength you need to defeat the attitudes and behaviors that have sabotaged your past success and created stress in your life.
Imagine having a trustworthy, confidential relationship with someone who will absolutely tell you the truth—the truth about where you are strong, and where you sell yourself short. Someone who knows your values and your life purpose, and will help you hold yourself true to them. Someone who will accept everything you communicate without judgment, always seeking to draw out the very best in you.
From the above you can begin to get an idea of the value of having a coach. Now, let’s talk about what you should do if you’re interested in becoming a coach.
The Qualities You Can Expect From Your Coach.
Good coaches come in all shapes and sizes, but here are some characteristics that most good coaches seem to share:
- They are excellent listeners. They’d rather ask good questions than give good advice.
- They are curious about people. They love to dig beneath the surface to uncover a person’s dreams, values, and passions.
- They are self-assured. They rejoice when others succeed.
- They believe in relationships. They enjoy working one-on-one with people over an extended period of time.
- They are encouragers. They get a thrill out of helping others achieve their dreams.
- They have positive attitudes. They look for, affirm, and expect the best in others.
- They are honest. They are not afraid to challenge others when that’s the best way to help them.
- They are unselfish. They are willing to get out of the way, so others can grow.
- They are respectful. They do not attempt to manipulate or control others.
If you fit the above profile, coaching may be for you!
Sometimes you may want to meet with your coach in person. But most coaching is done over the telephone for several reasons.
- Telephone conversations tend to be more focused than face-to-face meetings, and there are fewer distractions and interruptions.
- The telephone is more flexible. Coaching appointments do not need to be cancelled or rescheduled because of travel, vacations, or even sickness. Client and coach can talk to each other from anywhere—home, office, hotel room, or even a hospital bed.
- The telephone is more efficient. You can schedule several sessions a day because you don’t have to travel to meet your clients.
- The telephone offers greater potential to expand your business because distance is not an issue.
Make sure you know what to expected from you, and what you can expect from your Coach. You will receive a “Welcome To Coaching” package prior to your first coaching session that tells you how the program will operate. Included in this package is “Welcome To Coaching”, “What To Expect From Me As Your Coach”, and “A Week In Review.
When setting out on a journey, one must know the starting point as well as the destination. A map is of no value unless the traveler can answer the question, “Where am I now?” The same is true in Coaching.
Our experienced Coaches will begin your relationships with by guiding you through a structured process to identify your strengths, weaknesses, needs, and desires. Our processes are extremely helpful for evaluating communications skills, problem-solving abilities, decision making processes, vocational interests, and other important areas of life.
Coaching – An On-Going Relationship
The client-coach relationship is designed to be open-ended and long-term because no one ever attains the goal of fully maximized potential. Occasionally at the 18 to 24 month mark, two factors may prompt some clients to begin thinking about changing their coaching relationship.
- Clients who have experienced significant growth may wish to begin functioning more independently. In this case, they might agree with their coach to reduce the frequency of their coaching sessions, or to schedule future sessions on an ‘as-needed’ basis.
- Other clients may want to begin a relationship with a new coach, so they can expand their capabilities through contact with some one who has different skills and experiences.
If either of these do occur, we would be delighted to refer you to other coaches who can support you, provide a fresh perspective and enable positive steps in your growth.