According to the International Coach Federation, “Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.”
- You choose the focus of conversation, your coach listens and contributes observations and questions. You get clarity and move into action.
- You focus, have “aha!” moments, gain awareness of choices, and accelerate your growth.
- You get crystal clear on where you are now and what you’re willing to do to get where you want to be in the future.
- Results are a matter of your intentions, choices and actions, supported by your coach’s efforts and application of the coaching process.
The profession of coaching is exploding, and there are a wide variety of perspectives about what coaching is. Here are a few things coaching is NOT.
- Coaching is not consulting. Rather than telling you what to do, a great coach will engage you with questions that will uncover what you know is best.
- Coaching is not therapy. A good coach will refer you to a therapist if your need for deep inner psychological work is apparent.
- Coaching is not manipulative. If you encounter someone who identifies themselves as a coach and they have an agenda for your life, run!
I coach according to the ICF definition of coaching.
As an ICF certified coach, I adhere to a form of coaching that honors the client as the expert in her life and work and believe that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. Standing on this foundation, my responsibility as your coach is to:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what you want to achieve
- Encourage client self-discovery
- Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
- Hold the client responsible and accountable
Executives know almost everything, except those things that they don’t know they don’t know. Coaching can illuminate the blind spots and facilitate rapid growth. As a certified executive coach, I work with an organization and an executive to create an individualized leader development experience that accelerates the leader’s ability to achieve short and long term organizational goals. We do this through one-to-one coaching and group interactions. A successful coaching engagement is based on a win-win partnership where all parties agree and commit to the desired outcomes. Development of the leader is not only horizontal, but vertical – creating leadership capacity for responding to volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. As partners our goal for each executive is to create high-leverage change that links back to support strategic organizational objectives.
Your passion for your customers started you on the road of creating excellent products and service offerings, and building companies which you hope will sustain you and outlast you. As a certified business coach, I work one-to-one or in coaching groups with entrepreneurs focused on building the business owner’s ability to achieve short and long term goals. The needs of the business often drive the objectives of the coaching engagement, and success(ROI) can be measured by increased performance.