Frequently Asked Questions
Q. HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Let’s make sure there’s a good fit between us. Fill in the brief questionnaire and I’ll offer you a complimentary 20 minute session. If you decide not to go further, that’s fine. If you do decide to continue with coaching, we’ll schedule our first call. At that time, we‘ll discuss what area(s) you would like to focus on during our coaching sessions.
Q. WHAT IS COACHING?
First - what coaching is not. I don’t tell you what to do. I’m not a sports coach – you won’t find me yelling at you from the sidelines. Coaching is a joint process where you and I communicate at an honest level and work together on problem-solving.
One of my roles is to help you identify something called "Right Action". This concept comes from Buddhist philosophy, and it means using sound, inner judgment to decide on action - action which leads to the best possible outcome."
My coaching philosophy focuses on the 3-P’s of coaching; the person, the purpose of coaching, and the power that is unleashed when the person being coached has made a commitment to move forward with their inner judgments. But you need to be ready, willing and able to take action – and keep taking action until the problems that are keeping you up at night finally get resolved.
I can offer you the following:
Accountability, encouragement, inspiration, fresh perspectives on opportunities/obstacles, a challenge to live out your values and the celebration of your success.
Increased self-awareness, purpose, well-being … and a set of problem-solving abilities you can use elsewhere in your life.
Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COACH AND A CONSULTANT?
Consultants see themselves as problem solvers. They are hired for their expertise in a particular area and to tell you how to “fix” the problem. Coaches see themselves as people developers. We ask you questions so you can not only solve the problem, but maximize your potential in other areas of your life. The goal of consulting is typically to maximize profits. The goal of coaching is to maximize your potential.
Working with a coach offers the following benefits:
- Coaching helps you order your priorities. By gaining clarity through coaching the old adage “a problem shared is a problem halved” is realized.
- Coaching helps to identify the skill-set needed to move up the career ladder, to acquire the resources and create an action plan in order to get there.
- We tend to think our problems are unique, but that is hardly the case. A coach can bring a wealth of experience from other similar situations which can add value.
The coaching process can enable you to…
- Identify inner resources
- Target areas for growth
- Promote a healthy balance between personal and professional lives
- Uncover specific behaviors that need to change in order to increase short-term and long-term performance
- Challenge underlying beliefs and values in a safe haven, and realize possibilities for change that will enhance overall quality of life
Q. WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A COACH?
Some characteristics that most good coaches share are:
- Excellent listeners. They focus on asking good questions rather than giving advice.
- Curious about people. They enjoy uncovering a person’s dreams, values and passions.
- Self-assured. Coaches rejoice when others succeed.
- Believe in relationships. They enjoy working one-on-one with people over an extended period of time.
- Encouragers. They get a “high” helping others achieve their dreams.
- Honest. Not afraid to challenge others when it is in their best interest.
- Respectful. Coaches do not attempt to manipulate or control others.