Coaching helps you to connect to yourself and others, to challenge your perceptions and actions, and to create a positive and goal-oriented path forward.
A coach helps to set larger, more rewarding goals; develop a strategy to achieve them; and provide support to you throughout the process. In business, the coaching process raises keen awareness of a client’s needs and helps executives and employees to engage and challenge clients and each other in new ways. Coaching works because of three unique features:
SYNERGY: Client and coach become a team, focusing on the client’s goals and needs and accomplishing more than the client would alone.
STRUCTURE: With a coach, the client takes more actions, thinks bigger and gets the job done thanks to the accountability the coach provides.
EXPERTISE: The coach knows how to help business people make better decisions, set the best goals, develop new skills for communicating and restructure their professional and personal lives for maximum productivity.
Great! Now I need/want a coach. How and where do I begin?
Most coaches begin with a special client meeting or call to get to know each other. A coach wants to hear about the client’s goals, desires and challenges. The client wants to get comfortable with the coach. During this meeting, both parties design a list of goals and a preliminary game plan to reach these goals.
During the initial conversation, you will identify the kind of coaching relationship you seek:
Much executive coaching is devoted to developing generalized leadership skills. A smaller share of coaching is designed to address specific problems that have been identified between an executive team and the coach. When we work together, we will focus on the specific needs of your organization. I will support you in making decisions and taking the actions around product development, operations, marketing and human resources for your business. As part of the coaching process, we will identify your strengths and weaknesses as it relates to running a business, and ensure that you have the right equipment for the game while celebrating all the milestones and goals that are achieved along the way.
Often entrepreneurs or leaders of any group find it useful to have a trusted partner in the process to brainstorm solutions, keep the team focused, and hold them accountable for their plans. Team coaching is for established business owners, individuals thinking about starting a business, and leaders of any other kinds of groups. Through team coaching, you will learn all of the necessary actions to make your group or small business profitable, sustainable, independent, and thriving. I will provide you with ideas and channels to lead groups of all sizes. Learn how to “connect, challenge, and create” your own teams.
Through a sequence of in-person or telephone sessions between an individual and his or her coach, a more personal partnership is created. The agenda for the personal coaching relationship is growth and goal-setting. Coaching in this area involves many conversations, meetings, and regular check-ins about goals and progress. There is a greater focus, too, on the holistic pieces of this coaching relationship like health, balance, and desire.
How do coaching sessions work?
Coaching is usually done over the phone so that even over-scheduled clients can call from their office, home, car or hotel and make coaching “pit stops” on the busiest of days. It is essential to maintain frequent, regular contact to preserve and nurture the “coaching relationship.” The person coached completes a coaching call strategy form prior to each call, describing the current challenges and the progress they’ve made since the last call. Most people are coached two hours a month, in either four 30-minute sessions, three 40-minute sessions or two 1-hour sessions.
The focus of any call is determined by the client. The coach helps them to solve the problems and make the most of the opportunities. When they are missing a principle or distinction, we draw one so they can see a whole lot better. When they are taking on a large goal, we help them design and project and provide the support and structure needed to make sure it gets done. We bring out the clients best by offering advice, expecting a lot, helping them strategize and celebrating the wins. There is often “fieldwork”, where the client is given a formula, new perspective or a challenge to try something in a new way. That forms the basis for the next call.
What happens when you begin a contract with a coach?
- You take yourself and what you want more seriously.
- You take more effective and focused actions immediately.
- You stop putting up with stuff that gets in your way.
- You create momentum to achieve more, be more balanced and develop more powerful management skills.
- You set personal goals that are clear and meet your needs.
- You identify and eliminate the barriers that get in the way of the achievement of goals.
- You communicate about what you need and want from others in a more responsible way.
Although coaching is NOT psychotherapy, consulting, mentoring, or advising, it is a unique and powerful tool towards success.