Help people set better goals and then reach those goals.
Ask their clients to do more than they would have done on their own.
Focus their clients better to more quickly produce results.
Provide the tools, support and structure to accomplish more.
Consulting is a form of coaching, but the coach stays with the client to help implement the new skills, changes and goals to make sure they really happen.
Therapy is not coaching. We don't work on "issues" or get into the past or deal much with understanding human behavior. We leave that up to the client to know and figure out while we help them move forward and set personal and professional goals that will give the the life they really want.
Sports Coaching includes several principles from sports coaching, like teamwork, going for the goal, being your best. But unlike sports coaching, most professional coaching is not competition or win/lose based. We strengthen the client's skills vs. help them beat the other team. It's win/win.
A best friend is wonderful to have. But is your best friend a professional who you will trust to advise you on the most important aspects of your life and/or business? Is this friend unbiased with no opinion about the outcome of your life? A coach is non-judgmental and a person with whom you have a deep meaningful conversation. Have a best friend and a coach!
Simply put, that we humans are great, that we're all discovering what we really want, and that we can get what we want faster and easier by having a coach who can help us remove the obstacles that get in our way.
People hire a coach because:
They want more.
They want to grow.
They want it easier.
It's as simple as that. Coaches help the client get all three. Quickly.
Many things, but the most important are:
You take yourself more seriously.
You take more effective and focused actions immediately.
You stop putting up with what is dragging you down.
You create momentum so it's easier to get results.
You set better goals that you might not have without the coach.
Both, actually. And, with the line between personal and business life blurring, the coach is a professional trained to work with all aspects of you.
We focus where the client needs us most. And, we tend to weave in the following discussions:
Getting the client's Personal Foundation strengthened.
Helping the client beef up their Reserve.
Helping the client set goals based on their Personal Values.
By including these with what the client wants from us, we help the client have fewer problems and focus on what's going to make them the most successful. We've found that clients really enjoy the approach.
Coaching works for several reasons:
Synergy between the coach and client creates momentum.
Better goals are set -- ones that naturally pull the client toward the goal rather than goals that require the client to push themselves to the goal.
The client develops new skills, and these skills translate into more success.
Coaching is becoming popular for several reasons:
Many people are tired of doing what they "should" do and are ready to do something special and meaningful for the rest of their lives. Problem is, many can't see it, or if they can, they can't see a way to reorient their life around it. A coach can help them do both.
People are realizing how simple it can be to accomplish something that several years ago might have felt out of reach or like a pipedream. A coach is not a miracle worker; a coach does have a large tool kit to help the Big Idea become a Reality. Fortunately, people now have time and resources to invest in themselves in this kind of growth.
Spirituality. If you've tracked the phenomenal success of James Redfield's Celestine Prophecy on the NY Times best-seller list during 1994, you get a sense of just how many people are wiling to look at, and consider, the notion of spirituality. Wow. Many coaches are spiritually based -- even the ones who coach IBM and AT&T. America is getting spiritual quickly. (Our working definition of spirituality? "How connected you are with yourself and others.") The coach helps the clients to tune-in better to themselves and others.
A personal coach does just what an athletic coach or music teacher does, only in a more complete and bigger way. A coach challenges you and takes the time to find out what winning in life means to you. A coach is your partner in living the life you know you can accomplish, personally and professionally. A coach is someone to hold you accountable for your life, to make sure you really do live up to your potential.
No matter where you are in life, there is always a desire for more. More success, more money, closer relationships, a deeper feeling of meaning in life, etc. It is the nature of people to want to attain more, become more, be more, and we struggle with how to get what we're looking for.
Most people believe that "hard work and doing it on your own" are the keys to finding the life, success, money, or happiness that they seek. They believe that a price must be paid to attain what they want, and often that price is poor health, not having enough time to enjoy life, strained family relationships or lessened productivity. The saddest part is that, even though this effort may result in more of something, it is often not the something you had in mind, and you are back where you started, or worse, further from your real intentions.
Athletes and performers know about this trap. They know they need someone else, a trained someone else to help them set goals, discover real needs, and work effectively toward ultimate goals of excellence. So, they are willing to hire a coach or a teacher. No serious athlete or musician would expect to progress very fan without one.
They might not need a coach. But it is helpful to find out: Are they doing what they most enjoy? Are they tolerating anything? Is life easy? Are they going to be financially independent within the next 15 years? Do they have what they most want? We've discovered that, often, people need to expect more out of their lives. A coach can help in this process.
Not really. The client may "need" the coach in order to maximize an opportunity or accelerate their growth, yet not be "dependent" on the coach. Anyone who's up to something "needs" structure, advice, support and a place to brag, so in that sense, the coach is necessary. But an emotional, psychological dependency is not created. The coach works with people who are just fine and strong enough on their own. Remember, we're not resolving issues here. The coach is helping the client to create a better future: More success, more money, and a higher quality of life.
No. How? We aren't doing psychological work. We're not trying to control the clients thinking. We're partners - interested in helping the client achieve the goals that they set.
Yes. Some clients hire a coach to help them accomplish specific goals or projects. Usually, however, the client keeps working with the coach after that because there are even more interesting things to accomplish.
Most coaches ask for a minimum three to six month commitment, which is how long it takes to affect a change. But if coaching is not working for you in the beginning, a coach will usually agree to stopping immediately. Additionally, since coaching is a highly personal connection, if your coach is not perfect for you, chances are they will be able to refer you to a colleague that will be.