Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

What is coaching?

The practice of coaching is relatively new and continues to evolve. The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as “partnering with individuals in a thought provoking, creative process that inspires them to maximize personal and professional potential.”

how do i know if coaching is right for me?

If you are experiencing a transition or are ready to make a significant shift in how you live your life, then coaching can be a rewarding experience. In truth, the greatest value from coaching happens between sessions, when you are putting new perspectives into practice and trying new things. Realizing desired outcomes will only happen if there is committed action.

how do you work with your clients?.

Client and Coach are partners in the coaching relationship; unlike a teacher-student or manager- employee relationship, we will co-design our alliance to ensure the coaching relationship is both safe enough to take risks and courageous enough to enable creativity and motivation. I meet with clients twice a month, typically bi-weekly, and each session runs for 45 minutes. There is an initial commitment of three months, and our work together can continue beyond that for as long as it is useful to you.  I most often conduct sessions over the phone, which accommodates different time zones, however I am also happy to meet in person if that can be arranged.

what's the difference between a coach and a mentor?

Typically a mentor or advisor will draw upon their own personal experience to make recommendations for addressing a need or a challenge presented by the client. A coach, on the other hand, will guide the client to generate their own solutions – a far more sustainable outcome given that they are the experts of their life, not the coach! And because no topic exists in isolation, Co-Active coaching is focused on the whole person as opposed to specializing in a particular issue such as career or relationships.

what would coaching help me with?

Coaching is future-oriented – it is focused on helping you identify dreams and set goals, clarify choices, and proactively manage change. Most importantly, it’s about transforming who you are not just what you do. In a rapidly changing world, our ability to productively work with change is increasingly critical. Coaching will empower you to do just that.

how do I get started?

A thirty minute sample session is complimentary.  This is a great way for both of us to determine if we’re a good fit.  We’ll start by chatting a little bit about you and your interest in coaching, and you can ask me questions.  We’ll mix in a little bit of coaching and leave time at the end to discuss any action items.