What Coaching Is…
- Coaching relates to goal setting, outcome creation, and personal change management.
- It supports personal and professional growth and development.
- Coaching is based on individuals initiating change in pursuit of specific, actionable results that are linked to personal or professional success.
- Coaching looks at your future prospects with intention, action, and focus.
What Coaching is Not…
- Coaching is not therapy.
- Therapy delves into looking at and resolving challenges of the past.
- Therapy focuses on dysfunction, conflict, and healing pain within an individual and relationships.
- Coaching is forward-moving and future-focused.
The lines between Coaching and Therapy are clear and defined to help you identify the best program for you and to find the best person with the best background to partner with you to empower yourself.
How Coaching Works
Reaching goals depends on mutual effort, commitment and accountability. I will be your accountability partner while you will be accountable to yourself. We will determine your needs by understanding what you want more or less of in your life and we will work to uncover the gaps between your present state and your desired one. By tapping into the personal values you hold dear the goal design will help to transform those ideas into clear and concrete commitments.
This is where our work begins. Being open and engaged is the method of how we conduct our sessions.
Our regular sessions can be by telephone or Zoom. Committing to and attending sessions with regularity is a requirement for moving forward, but life also requires flexibility to move forward. We can be flexible about which communication medium we use to meet the demands of our work and lives without missing sessions.
Coaching sessions range from 60-90 minutes. It all depends on the partnership that the coach and client agree to.
We can work together for as little as three to twelve months–the minimum commitment to working with me. The benefits of coaching build over time and come down to commitment.
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THE INTERNATIONAL COACHING FEDERATION (ICF)
If you still have questions about Coaching, an excellent resource is the International Coaching Federation, the leading global organization for coaches and coaching dedicated to advancing the coaching profession. ICF sets high standards and provides independent certification for trained coaching professionals.
ICF’s Definition of Coaching:
ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity, and leadership.
To further understand what coaching is and is not, the International Coaching Federation breaks down the difference between Coaching, Consulting, Training, and Mentoring:
- Coaching: Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes, and managing personal change.
- Consulting: Individuals or organizations retain consultants for their expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, the assumption is the consultant will diagnose problems and prescribe and, sometimes, implement solutions.
- Mentoring: A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on his or her own experience. Mentoring may include advising, counseling, and coaching.
- Training: Training programs are based on objectives the trainer or instructor sets.
- Therapy: Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways.