WHAT IS COACHING?
Coaching involves a unique working relationship between a motivated client and a coach, aimed at defining goals, solving problems, designing action plans, making decisions, and reaching goals.
As Coaches we act as our client’s partner, champion, mentor, advocate, collaborator, cheerleader, personal radar, sounding board, and support system. We “stay and mostly focus on the client’s agenda.
We help our clients:
Define goals—business, career and life.
Implement action plans, working through the inevitable changes and obstacles.
Maintain a healthy balance between their personal and professional life.
Keep looking ahead to take advantage of opportunities that are just becoming apparent.
Bring out our client’s personal best, keeping focused on the client’s needs, values and vision.
And Yes for me, helping my clients build confidence to become Unstoppable, Free and Fearless living Healthy, Happy, Wealthy Lifestyles.
As a coach, my role and duty are to:
Help clients set better goals—by their definition of “better”—and to reach them.
Ask my clients to do more than they would have done on their own.
Focus my clients on producing results more quickly, with less stress.
Provide tools, support and structure so they can accomplish more.
HOW IS COACHING DIFFERENT FROM CONSULTING? THERAPY? A BEST FRIEND?
Consulting: Coaching is a form of consulting, but unlike most consultants, coaches stay with their clients to help them develop and implement the new skills, changes and plans necessary to produce results. Coaches often get involved in goal setting, and in areas of the client’s life beyond the “big project.”
Therapy: Coaching is not therapy. I don’t work on “issues” or get into the past. I leave it up to the client to figure out those issues, while I help him or her move forward and set personal and professional goals and take the actions that move them forward into the life they want. If past issues come up, I may make referrals to appropriate professionals.
Best Friend: A best friend is wonderful to have, but few of our friends have the professional skills, training, time, or patience to advise us on the most important aspects of life and/or business to any degree of completion.
Entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, people in transition—really, anyone who wants to fix, solve, change, create or plan and achieve something personal and/or professional, plus those who are aware of. and want to close a gap between where they are and where they want to be.
WHY IS COACHING BECOMING SO POPULAR? IS COACHING EFFECTIVE?
Coaching is becoming popular because:
Many people want to improve their work, business, professional and personal lives and are looking for help in getting those improvements
Many people are tired of doing what they “should” do. Many are tired of, “Same stuff, different day,” and want to set objectives that reflect their highest aspirations and move toward a life that is special and meaningful. Most of us have more choices than we are aware of. The problem is that many can’t see the choices by themselves, or if they can, they don’t see a way to reorient their lives around their values as opposed to what they’ve been doing by habit, or because other people told them what they should do or can’t do. Many are beginning to understand that a coach can help them get unstuck.
People who have been coached realize how simple it can be to accomplish things that some time ago might have felt out of reach, or a pipe dream.
I am not a miracle worker, but I have a large tool kit and many years of experience and training to help the Big Idea become a Reality.
Coaching is effective. A study published in the Manchester Review on executive coaching showed that companies that invested in executive coaching experienced an average return on the coaching investment of 545%. A study published by the International Personnel Management Association stated that training alone increased productivity by 22.4%, while training plus coaching increased productivity by 88%.
John Kotter, a Professor at Harvard Business School, who studies organizations, found that “performance enhanced cultures” (some of whom used coaching extensively) outperformed those without performance enhancement by every measure: over 300 percent improvement in sales growth, 1100 percent improvement in stock price growth and over 75,000 percent(!) improvement in net income growth.
Don’t be distracted by the fact that these data come from companies. Though we often forget it, companies are people, and it’s the performance of those people that makes these things happen. Coaching works.
In his book The Heart of Change, Kotter observed, “People change what they do less because they are given analysis that shifts their thinking than because they are shown a truth that influences their feelings.” That’s what we as coaches do.
WHAT ELSE DOES A COACH WORK ON?
There ae numerous things we can address in your coaching sessions depending on your needs and wants.
Prioritizing goals, actions and projects.
Handling business or personal problems.
Making key decisions and designing strategies—personal, professional and business.
Doing the maximum at work.
Integrating business and personal life for balance.
Business planning, budgeting and goal-setting.
Catching up and getting ahead—at home and in business.
Training, developing and managing staff.
Increasing sales substantially or filling a practice.
Turning around a difficult situation.
Building better relationships with family and business associates.
Getting through difficult business and personal transitions: opportunities, losses, and other significant changes.
WHY DOES COACHING WORK?
Three characteristics of coaching give the coaching relationship the structure for success.
Synergy: Client and coach create a team that focuses on the client’s goals and needs, accomplishing more than the client would alone.
Structure: With a coach, a client takes more actions, thinks bigger, and gets the job done, thanks to the accountability the coach provides.
Expertise: Coaches are trained. They have a broad range of skills and techniques designed to help the client understand what is important to them, and to set and achieve meaningful goals, working through blocks where necessary.
This structure brings out our client’s best. As a coach I believe the client has the answers within and with the right support and resources they can do and be what they dream and desire to be with ease. Specifically, this is what I do with my clients during our coaching calls.
Listen. I listen fully. The client is the focus. I listen to what clients say, what they are trying to say, and what they are not saying.
Share. After they have communicated fully, I share with them my advice, ideas, comments and views on their situation, dilemma or opportunity. And I ask the next question, the one that leads into unexplored areas of opportunity—often to a breakthrough in understanding what’s holding them back.
Endorse. Anyone who’s up to something—an entrepreneur, a manager with an extraordinary objective, a professional filling his or her practice, a person in transition or facing a personal challenge—needs (needs!) an outside voice full of endorsement, compassion and acknowledgement, not as a “yes-type,” but as someone who knows what it takes to achieve something important.
Suggest. I want a lot for my clients. I want my clients to achieve their goals, and I also want them to be healthy, happy and successful in every role they play. I want them to be on a strong financial track, to enjoy their family and friends, to have a life that inspires them and others. Part of my job is to be at least three steps ahead of them, yet be with them. Consequently, I make requests and suggestions. The client is always free to accept, reject or modify them. The client’s objectives are what counts.
I am my client’s number one cheer leader I want to ignite that deep desire to do well, to achieve more and live a more satisfying life running a successful business or working in a satisfying career.
What’s the difference between individual and group coaching?
Let me begin by being real honest group coaching will never be as personal as individual coaching, that is true. However, let me tell you there are huge benefits that you will get from group coaching, Huge.
- Peer Learning process: For You as a woman in business or aspiring business woman, group coaching can be appealing as it involves a peer learning process.
- Group Coaching allows you the opportunity to meet and be among fellow women who are in the same space and some who are advanced so you get the opportunity to benefit from learning from many including the facilitator
- Group Coaching allows you ro collaborate and even form lasting supportive life long friends.
— The “collective wisdom” is a great benefit for all.
- Lower Cost: The lower cost for a group coaching process may also be a contributing factor for choosing group coaching as it is less than individual coaching.