Is it time for you to consider a professional coach?
By partnering with a coach you will be able to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be. If you're not sure what you want, or are torn about choosing between options, your coach can support you in making those determinations.
Once you know what you want, your coach will support you in creating an action plan so that you are able to work through opportunities/challenges, make decisions, establish goals and reach your goals.
Goals to work on with a coach are endless. Whether you are trying to enhance your executive presence, or your leadership impact, trying to go for the big promotion, adjust behaviors and flex your communication style, or you are in transition, or maybe trying to keep yourself on track to your goals, are all excellent places to start. Virtually anything where sharing ideas about something with someone, confidentially, who understands you yet objective enough not to be biased or self-serving is worthy of coaching.
What is Coaching? "Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential." -International Coach Federation
A coach works with the client to close the gap between where they are and where they want to be - whether that is professional gap, personal gap or both.
Coaching is a confidential relationship.
Coaching can be face to face or tele-coaching, or a combination of both.
What does a Coach do?
A coach will provide encouragement, support, and direction in a trusting relationship. The coach will guide, empower and direct the client while focusing on specific outcomes. The coach will ask questions and listen, as well as look at different possibilities for solutions.
Possible coaching goals range from: learning to support and encourage others, reinventing yourself, effective communication, conflict resolution at work or home, motivating and finding the joy in work, reaching fulfillment with life, gaining clarity, gaining balance in life, finding a life purpose, etc.
With the help of a coach, it will be obtainable to work and live in a more productive and positive manner, that in turn reflects in work and relationships.
A Coach will:
Listen - A coach listens fully. You are the focus. The coach listens to what you say, what you are trying to say and what you are not saying.
Share - After you have fully communicated, a coach shares with you advice, ideas, comments and views on your situation, dilemma or opportunity.
Endorse - Anyone who's up to something - a person in transition, an entrepreneur, an executive with an extraordinary objective, a professional - needs, yes, needs, an outside voice full of endorsement, compassion and acknowledgement. Not a yes-type person, but someone who knows what it takes to achieve
Are there different types of Coaching?
Executive Coaching develops leaders in the context of their current jobs without removing them from their day-to-day responsibilities.
Career Coaching helps people to identify motivations and strengths and how to establish plans to grow or transition to achieve their goals.
Life Coaching helps people identify challenges and opportunities, create plans and follow through on their plans to maximize their happiness.
For whom is coaching appropriate ? It is appropriate for anyone who has a gap between where they are and where they want to be. It can include teenagers, college students, young professionals, stay at home parents, seasoned professionals, blue collar workers, entrepreneurs, executives, retired people, etc!