What you do to earn a living is your business; your return on your life investment is my business.
How can professional coaching benefit you?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. As an ICF coach, I pledge to honor you as the expert in your life and work and believe you are creative, resourceful and whole.
Why might you want to work with me as your coach?
You, as an individual or team leader, might choose to work with me for many reasons, including but not limited to:
You have something urgent, compelling, or exciting at stake (a challenge, stretch goal or opportunity)
You've identified a gap in knowledge, skills, confidence, or resources
You want to accelerate results
You want to improve clarity regarding choices you have to make
Your success has started to become problematic, and you want to improve it
You need to balance work and life better
You need to identify your core strengths and with how best to leverage them
How will I know if it's successful?
We can measure success in two distinct ways: external indicators of performance and internal indicators of success. Ideally, both are incorporated.
Examples of external measures include achievement of coaching goals established at the outset of the coaching relationship, increased income/revenue, obtaining a promotion, performance feedback that is obtained from a sample of your constituents (e.g., direct reports, colleagues, customers, boss, the manager him/herself), personal and/or business performance data (e.g., productivity, efficiency measures). The external measures selected should be things that you are already measuring and that you have some ability to influence directly.
Examples of internal measures include self-scoring/self-validating assessments that can be administered initially and at regular intervals during our coaching process, changes in your self-awareness and awareness of others, shifts in your thinking that create more effective actions, and shifts in your emotional state that inspire confidence.
Part of our successful coaching relationship will be our regular review of your achievements during the preceding time period.
What is the commitment?
Working with a coach requires both a personal commitment of your time and energy as well as a financial commitment. You will want to consider both the desired benefits as well as the anticipated length of time to be spent in coaching. Most engagements require a minimum 3-month commitment to allow us to develop a relationship and address your concerns. Since our coaching relationship is predicated on clear communication, I count on you to raise any financial concerns or questions in our initial conversations before our agreement is made. The ICF Coach Referral Service allows you to search for a coach based on a number of qualifications, including fee range.
The first step is a free, no-obligation consultation where we can assess your goals and determine what your commitment might be. Let's chat and see where we go from there.
One of the things I hear most is, "I'm just a manager [or small business owner], isn't coaching for executives and important people?" Well, how do you think those people got where they are?
According to the 2016 ICF Gloabl Study, the top five
positions held by coaching clients are:
Executives (CEO, CFO, etc)
Small Business Owners/Entrepreneurs
One-on-one sessions are the backbone of the coaching relationship. As your coach, I hold confidential whatever you share with me during our sessions. Together, we can tackle a wide range of issues:
What’s my next career move?
How can I improve my working relationships?
Where’s the most productive area for me to focus my energy?
How can I stop this unproductive behavior?
How can I make this decision?
What’s my next best step?
You are the expert on your own life situation. With you setting the agenda, together we can discover a fresh perspective, see past an obstacle, and learn strategies for moving forward. Our first meeting is a free, no-obligation consultation to see how we can work together. So let's get together, and see how we can improve your path to success.
Team & group coaching
Team Coaching engages a group of people who work together to reach a goal. Overcoming the dysfunctions of a team is an important goal – building trust, mastering conflict, committing to decisions and action plans, embracing mutual accountability, and focusing on measuring and achieving results. Team coaching can help you achieve that goal while you build a structure of support for one another. My years of experience can help you forge a strong, relational, effective team that will become a model in your organization.
Group Coaching gathers people who fill similar roles in various different organizations or departments in a process of peer mentoring, mutual encouragement, and structured accountability. My facilitation skills and breadth of experience will ensure that participants in group coaching will benefit professionally and personally. Contact me to help you set up a peer group that will challenge and support you.
Church & non-profit leaders
Executive directors, pastors, lay professionals, and other non-profit employees confront all the issues facing for-profit business owners, along with a host of other uniquely challenging situations encountered in the non-profit arena. Volunteers, budgets, and change initiatives can be complicated by the web of relationships and the passionate engagement that are distinctive to faith-based and service-oriented organizations.
My years of experience can help you rediscover your core purpose and re-energize your engagement with your work.
Contact me for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your challenges and how coaching can benefit you and your organization.
What is the coaching process like?
I typically begin a coaching relationship with a personal interview (either face-to-face or by teleconference call) to assess the opportunities and challenges you’re facing, define the scope of our relationship, identify your priorities for action, and establish your specific desired outcomes. Subsequently, we’ll meet in person or over the telephone, with each session lasting about 50 minutes. Between scheduled coaching sessions, you may be asked to complete specific actions to support the achievement of your personally prioritized goals. I may provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments, or models to support your thinking and actions. The duration of our coaching relationship varies depending on your needs and preferences.
Coaching works because
I use an appreciative approach, grounded in what’s right, what’s working, what’s wanted, and what’s needed to get there as a primary tool. I incorporate discovery-based inquiry, proactive (as opposed to reactive) ways of managing personal opportunities and challenges, constructive framing of observations and feedback to elicit the most positive responses from others, and visions of success as contrasted with focusing on problems.
I bring a fresh perspective, because as your coach I stand outside your emotional system. Being an “outside observer” allows me to “hold up a mirror,” allowing you to better understand yourself and your relationships.
Synergy between you and me, as your coach, creates momentum.
Better defined goals support you in moving toward those goals faster and with better energy and less stress.
Your skill development over time translates into more success and a more balanced life.