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Individual Coaching

Bringing practical, sustainable solutions to our clients

Who hires a coach?
Anyone who wants to feel more effective in their work or personal life, anyone who wants to feel less stress and more satisfaction in their situation, anyone who wants to feel more successful in what is truly important to them.

Some clients feel they are at a crossroads in their life or job. They know they need to make decisions, but feel stuck. They know they are required to make a transition, but feel apprehensive about a new job or role, a new life situation, or retirement. They call on a coach to work with them to make the transformation as smoothly as possible, identifying new opportunities and reframing the transition in a positive light, enabling them to move forward with ease and confidence.

For example: "I am feeling overwhelmed by the demands of my job. I have more to do, less to do it with, and I feel that I am not performing well. As a result I am feeling very stressed,and this is affecting my personal as well as my professional life."

Or: "I just got promoted to a leadership position. This is the first time I have had this much responsibility, and I am feeling over my head. I am afraid I won't be effective in this position."

Or: "I no longer feel that my values are aligned with that of my organization. I cannot quit, so I need help in coping in this situation."

Many clients want to feel more effective in their job. Our workplaces are becoming increasingly more challenging and complex, and the demands on professionals are getting more and more arduous. The struggle between maintaining a healthy work/life balance is a serious issue for a large percentage of today's workforce. A coach can help you define your own personal level of comfort in establishing and keeping balance through identifying choices and setting clear boundaries for personal health while still meeting the responsibilities of the job.

Other clients want to make sure that new learning can be transferred back to the job. We are all familiar with taking training or attending a course and then not implementing any of the learning back at work or in 'real life'. These clients work with a coach to strategically integrate the learning into how they do things so that new habits are formed.

A coach becomes a 'thinking partner' to help the client sort out what is going on, what is important, and what their best course of action will be. Together the coach and client think through the situation, discuss options, and select tools and techniques that fit their unique style. As the client implements the action steps, the coach provides support, honest feedback, and is a sounding board for debriefing the action and planning the next steps.

What is coaching?
Coaching is an ongoing relationship (usually between 3 to 6 months) between coach and client that provides focused structure and support for clients so they can make decisions and plans that will improve, enhance and enrich situations in their personal and work lives. Coaching is not about giving advice, it is about co-creating a plan that the client can put into motion with confidence. A coach will work with you to custom-design a process that is aligned with who you are and will help you adhere to your plans for success.

How does it work?
Coaching is future-based, meaning that it is not concerned with analyzing past actions, but rather working from the here and now towards a future goal that the client holds, determining the gap, and assisting the client to devise an action plan to close the gap. Benefits are immediate, short term and long term, and include fulfilling, rewarding results for clients.

The role of the coach is to:
  • assist clients to make specific changes or improvements and ultimately assist them to the point where they are self-aware and self-correcting
  • provide constructive feedback to the client so they may explore their actions and options, and become aware of their blind spots
  • support and inspire clients to achieve their goals and dreams by turning them into manageable goals and tasks to reach their full potential and achieve their personal best
  • enable the client to prepare for and take control of their situations
  • be a guide and a sounding board
  • provide a customized service based on client challenges and circumstances
  • champion and celebrate in clients' successes by providing recognition of achievements and milestones

"The very first use of the word 'coach' in English occurred in the 1500s to refer to a particular kind of carriage. (It still does.) Hence, the root meaning of the verb 'to coach' is to convey a valued person from where he or she is to where he or she wants to be. That's still a very good definition for coaching executives today." (Witherspoon and White, 2000)

You might like to check out these related pages on our site:
Weekly Coaching Question
Collaborative Problem Solving
Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, and Mediation
Organizational Transition
Team Coaching
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessments
360 Assessments
Links to Coaching Articles and Information

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