- Who do you work with?
- What exactly is the process of coaching?
- How do I know if coaching will work?
- What are the main areas clients tend to focus on?
- How is coaching more effective than training alone?
- What about the return on investment?
Q: Who do you work with?
A: We work with people from a variety of backgrounds and professions. However, they are largely those who are driven, courageous, vision-oriented individuals who want greater meaning, success, and fulfillment. They are the ones who strive for excellence in all areas, not content with mediocrity or “good enough.” They also understand that leadership is not an end result but a continuous area for development and that great leadership is passed down to others.
Q: What exactly is the process of coaching?
A: We start with an initial free consultation to make sure there’s a good fit. Then we will create coaching objectives, metrics of success, and the overall details of the coaching engagement. These are all included in your customized Coaching Plan. Often, there may be assessments administered (such as a 360, personality, career, or strengths assessment), along with a feedback session based on assessment results. Once we’ve created specific goals for career, executive, or leadership coaching, we will typically meet in person or over the phone for 2-4 coaching and strategy sessions per month. These confidential sessions include defining goals, brainstorming, creating and implementing strategies, follow up, objective feedback, support, and accountability–all necessary to provide positive, sustainable growth and change. Coaching engagements generally are 4-12 months long, depending on the nature of coaching (career versus executive coaching), the goals, and how frequently we meet.
Q: How do I know if coaching will work?
A: Prior to setting up a coaching engagement, we will review your needs, discuss the coaching process, and determine if we are a good fit. But in general, coaching helps you to achieve your or your organization’s goals because of the support, insight, self-awareness, honesty, confidentiality, objective feedback, strategy, and accountability that’s built into the coaching relationship.
Q: What are the main areas clients tend to focus on?
A: Career coaching focuses on career transitions, career advancement, and job changes. Many may also want help with their resume, Linkedin profile, or interviewing skills. Executive and leadership coaching tends to focus on issues such as leadership development, interpersonal and communication effectiveness, succession and transition planning, improving work-life balance, employee engagement and retention, reducing burn-out and stress, teambuilding and collaboration, increasing executive presence, and creating and implementing an organization’s vision.
Q: How is coaching more effective than training alone?
A: Study after study has shown that training alone produces limited sustainable change (typically less than 20% of what’s learned is actually implemented). But because coaching is an “application process over time” and incorporates self-awareness, feedback, strategic planning, goal setting, and accountability, results are much higher for sustainable change.
Q: What about the return on investment?
A: At the beginning of the coaching engagement, we will create the specific outcomes you desire, both qualitative and quantitative, regularly measuring the results. Historically, research conducted by independent studies, including the leading organization on coaching–International Coach Federation, has shown the average return on coaching to exceed 500%, with a 98.5% overall client satisfaction rate.
If you’d like more information about our services, or you’d like to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us today.