Do you want to put an end to your struggles and move through your challenges more quickly? Do you want to break away from unhealthy habits and move forward into productive and constructive achievements? Do you want to slow down the chaos and create more balance in your life? Do you just want to feel better about who you are and what you are doing?
Coaching can serve as a great way to find out what you want to do, how to do it all while having support doing it!
The philosophy of coaching
The International Coach Federation (ICF) adheres to a form of coaching that honors the client as the expert in his/her personal and/or professional life, believing that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. Standing on this foundation, my responsibility as your coach is to:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what you, my client, want to achieve.
- Encourage you in your self-discovery.
- Elicit you to generate your own solutions and strategies.
- Hold you responsible and accountable for your own progress.
- Coaching is an action-oriented, future-focused practice with the aim of helping you determine and achieve personal goals.
- Coaching focuses on awakening your own resourcefulness and creativity instead of simply giving you advice or teaching you how to manage your life..
- Life, business or executive coaches use questions in a skillful manner to help you to become more resourceful in how you deal with present and future situations.
- Through my coaching, you will develop new capabilities, opportunities and skills.
What Coaching Is Not
Sometimes people use the words coaching, therapy, mentoring and consulting interchangeably. Although there are many similarities, the processes and outcomes are quite different.
- Therapists tend to focus on your past and times of personal crisis, in order to enable you to exist more fully in the present. Coaching focuses on the present and future.
- Mentors share their own knowledge and experience. Although a mentor may at times use coaching skills, a mentor is typically a more experienced person who guides and passes on her knowledge and experience to others. Your Coach may tell ‘stories’ as metaphors to help you see your situation in a new light, but she will not give you specific advice.
- Consultants are hired for their skill and experience. They give you specific advice and often will teach you how to do a process or task. In the coaching context, giving you such specific advice may create client-coach co-dependency with your looking to the coach for ideas and solutions rather than developing these on your own from within.
What Coaching Is
The focus on attaining one’s potential is what sets coaching apart from therapy, mentoring and consulting. Those professions were created to solve problems. In coaching, you and the coach work together as a team to focus on what is working in order to build upon success.
A coach can help you to:
- Be more purposeful.
- Be more successful.
- Be more fulfilled.
- Be more decisive.
- Earn more income.
- Enjoy simplicity.
- Have more balance.
- Have less stress, illness and self-doubt.
Regardless of the specifics, clients hire coaches to help them become more resourceful and insightful about why they are here, where they are and how to move forward into who and where they want to be.
Associated Coaches and Mentors
We choose our associated coaches for their track record and capability to meet you where you are and get you where you want to be as a leader, an executive and as a person. They specialize in Education, Health, Business and Community Leadership.