You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers to some popular questions about coaching:
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Coaching?
Professional Coaching is a professional partnership between a qualified coach and an individual or team that supports the achievement of extraordinary results, based on goals set by the individual or team. Through the process of coaching, individuals focus on the skills and actions needed to successfully produce their personally relevant results. Coaches:
Help people set better goals and then reach those goals.
Ask their clients to do more than they would have done on their own.
Focus their clients better to more quickly produce results.
Provide the tools, support and structure to accomplish more.
How is coaching different from consulting? Therapy? Sports coaching? A best friend?
Consulting While consulting approaches vary widely, there is often an assumption that the consultant diagnoses problems and prescribes and sometimes implements solutions. In general, the assumption with coaching is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
Therapy Coaching is not therapy. We don't work on "issues" or get into the past or deal much with understanding human behavior. We leave that up to the client to know and figure out while we help them move forward and set personal and professional goals that will give them the life they really want.
Sports Coaching includes several principles from sports coaching, like teamwork, going for the goal, being your best. But unlike sports coaching, most professional coaching is not competition or win/lose-based. We strengthen the client's skills vs. help them beat the other team. It's win/win.
Best friend A best friend is wonderful to have. But is your best friend a professional whom you will trust to advise you on the most important aspects of your life and/or business? Have a best friend and a coach.
What is the basic philosophy of coaching?
Simply put, that we humans are great, that we're all discovering what we really want and that we get can get what we want faster and easier by having a coach who's been there and who can help us.
Who hires a coach and why?
People hire a coach because:
They want more.
They want to be clearer about what they really want more of.
They want to grow.
They want it easier.
What happens when you hire a coach?
Many things, but the most important are:
You take yourself more seriously.
You take more effective and focused actions immediately.
You stop putting up with what is dragging you down.
You create momentum so it's easier to get results.
You set better goals that you might not have without the coach