In this era of focusing on technological advancement, the promise of coaching is instead the development of human potential. Coaching provides highly customized learning and an objective, safe, sounding board that allows human potential to flourish. Coaching is incredibly efficient, especially compared to a course, conference or book: it’s your agenda, your practice venue and direct feedback on you.
We develop the coaching goals with each client; we do not try to fit our clients into “off the shelf” coaching programs. We are not trainers or consultants who have jumped on the coaching bandwagon because it is hot – coaching is what we do, and have done, for many years.
“Sweet Spots” include:
- Leadership Development (including creating a coaching culture, when desired by the client)
- Team Building
- Goal Setting/Accountability
- Balancing professional and personal endeavors, so as to create sustainable energy, growth and joy.
- Time management
What is Coaching?
Coaches partner with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. It’s dialogue, questions, challenges and visioning. It can include role-playing and assignments.
This partnership helps clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional endeavors, through aligning actions with core values and needs. Coaching supports clients to improve their performance and to enhance the quality of their lives.
Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has. A highly experienced coach also has many models and tools from which to draw.
How Does Coaching Work?
The coach and client agree upon the terms of engagement. This includes length of the engagement (we require a minimum 6-month commitment), frequency and length of meetings, client and coach expectations, professional fees and payment terms.
Coaching engagements can be one-on-one, one coach working with a team, several coaches working with a group, or what we call “triad” coaching – two coaches working with one client. Most of our clients utilize a model of meeting twice a month, for 55 minutes each session. Some clients prefer to work more intensively at the beginning of the engagement; we are happy to accommodate your requests.
Our coaching services are typically delivered via telephone (Skype videoconferencing available), which allows for maximum flexibility for clients. We also coach in-person, when that makes sense for the client, schedule- and budget-wise. Email support is available in-between coaching sessions. In addition, we offer customized initial or periodic 1-3 day coaching retreats for individuals or teams, in various locations around the world.
We will work with you to set goals at the beginning of the engagement, and be your accountability partner for those goals. We will celebrate with you when you achieve them, work through it with you when you feel stuck, and help you set the next goals.
You will find the style of our coaches to be professional, direct, fun, funny, high-energy and very effective. We will challenge, encourage, teach and be a partner with you.
Why Does it Work?
Coaching works because all of us achieve more when we set goals, and have someone to help us reach those goals and hold us accountable for them. It is very difficult to get honest, unbiased feedback from the people in our daily lives. A coach is a partner with no agenda but yours. Your coach will be highly skilled at listening, asking the right questions and connecting the dots between who you say you want to be, and how your actions and behavior align with that vision. We also have many resources to offer in support of your growth, distilled from years of experience and ongoing education.
Most of us get really excited when we have a great idea, or come up with a list of worthy goals. But without regular follow-up, those good intentions too often are not acted upon. Coaching is a vehicle that not only kick-starts good ideas, but creates ongoing momentum for turning them into reality.
Make the call – it’s a good move.