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What is coaching?
a powerful, collaborative relationship between a coach and a willing
individual which enables, through a process of discovery, goal setting,
and strategic actions, the realization of extraordinary results.
Coaching is also a body of knowledge, a technology, and a style
of relating that focuses on the development of human potential.
Coaching is interdevelopmental in that the collaboration develops
both the coach and the individual being coached.
coaching is an ongoing partnership that is 100% focused on YOU and
how to create more of what you want and less of what you don't want.
How is coaching
different from consulting? From therapy?
Coaching is rather like consulting. However, the coach stays with
the client to help implement the new skills, changes and goals,
to make sure that they really happen.
Coaching is not therapy. Coaches do not diagnose. Coaching is not
a process for deep analysis of the past nor for healing mental health
concerns such as chronic depression, psychosis, or addictions. Though
discussions of a client's past may be used in a coaching session
to reveal insights and understanding, they are not the prevailing
focus of the coaching relationship. Coaching has a stronger focus
on action, change, development, and goals than traditional therapy.
Coaching uses a defined process to move through an in-depth understanding
of a client's history and progress to solving problems and meeting
A bicycle analogy
is often used to explain the differences between coaching, consulting
and therapy. A consultant would help the client understand the different
types of bicycles and their characteristics, and assist in selecting
the right model for the client's needs.
would help the client overcome a problem with bicycles by examining
their past experiences with bicycles, how they feel about them now,
and what causes their concerns or problems with bicycles.
A coach would
encourage the client to ride the bicycle and would ride alongside,
offering encouragement, tips, and support while challenging the
client to ride further or faster or have more fun.
a new thing?
The field as
we know it started in the early 1980s. Coach U, the largest coach
training organization in the world, was founded in 1992 by Thomas
Leonard. Leonard is also credited with first using the term "coaching"
in a non-athletic sense.
In 1999, there
were an estimated 20,000 part-time and full-time coaches worldwide.
The number of people entering the emerging field of personal and
business coaching doubled in each of the previous three years.
and corporations are hiring coaches at an unprecedented pace to
be their combination mentor, taskmaster, motivational speaker, management
consultant, and sounding board.
been the subject of articles in Newsweek, Business Week, U.S. News
& World Report, Fortune, Money, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal,
The New York Times, Nation's Business, Fast Company, New Age Journal,
Industry Week, Management Review, Kiplinger's Personal Finance,
Bloomberg Personal, Newsday, and the Utne Reader. Coaches have also
featured on "Oprah!" and CNN's "Impact".
Personnel Management Association reported a study in which training
alone was compared to training combined with coaching. Training
by itself increased productivity by 22.4% while training plus coaching
increased productivity by 88%. (Public Personnel Management, Winter
97, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p. 461)
Anyone who wants
a more successful, satisfying, and fulfilling life. I have worked
with client from 10 to 86 years old, with people who are broke and
have tremendous credit card debt to the independently wealthy. Lifestyles
and spiritual beliefs span the full range. Occupations are equally
diverse - students, parents/homemakers, small business owners, professionals,
employees large or small corporations, and retirees. My clients
call me from their homes or place of work throughout the U.S. from
Alaska to New York as well as Mexico, England, Germany, and Australia.
is your basic philosophy of coaching?
I believe that
- Life is a
wondrous gift. Each life is unique and worthy of full expression.
- People have
their own answers when given a chance to hear them. Coaching provides
an environment to bring out the client's wisdom and clarity.
- We each have
to power to create a life of satisfaction and fulfillment.
beliefs are knowable and changeable. The process of change and
accomplishment can be energizing and fun.
Can I hire
a coach just for a short-term project or goal?
Yes. You are
welcome to hire me for a specific, short-term intention or for occasional
support through a challenging situation. I'm happy that many of
my "short-term" clients are so pleased with their results
in addressing a specific issue that they go on to use coaching to
help them pursue
a problem-free, fully satisfying life in all areas.
only for people with unhappy, messed-up lives?
No. Though coaching
is beneficial in resolving problems and in the pursuit of happiness,
many people hire coaches for spiritual coaching, to enhance their
personal evolution, to clarify take action on the legacy they would
like to leave, to create reserves in such areas as money, time,
space, love, and friendship, or to pursue their ideal life and a
life fully lived.
certainly used to address problems, blocks to progress, and unhappiness.
But, people who feel good about their lives also hire a coach to
focus on spiritual growth; enhancing their personal evolution; clarifying
and taking action on the legacy they would like to leave; going
beyond "enough" to create reserves of money, time, space, love,
and friendship; or to pursue their ideal life.
A person may
not need a coach, but still find it tremendously beneficial
to work with a coach to address such questions as:
- Are you doing
what you most enjoy?
- Is there
a sense of ease, satisfaction, fulfillment, and balance
in your life?
- Are you practicing
- Is there
anything you are tolerating? Is there an energy drain
in your life?
- Are you financially
independent or on a path towards financial independence in the
- Do you have
what you most want?
- Do you have
a sense of purpose and direction?
- Who are you?
What are the roles you have in life? And what gives them meaning?
are caught up in the business of life and don't stop to reflect
on such questions. Sometimes people do not realize that they could
expect more for their lives. As your coach, I assist with this process.
must I commit to our coaching relationship?
To ensure sound
results, I recommend that clients commit to a minimum of three months.
However, you may terminate the coaching relationship at any point.
have averaged either a six-month or one- to two-year continuous
commitment to our coaching partnership.