What is Professional Coaching? "Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential."
What are the benefits of coaching? "Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performance and enhance the quality of their lives." International Coach Federation.
Does your coach walk their talk? How do you know if they are also on a personal and professional path to mastery? It is important to ensure you select a professionally certified and credentialed coach. This means the coach is dedicated to their own professional path to mastery, such as having invested in coach-specific training and a professional credentialing process, (e.g., the 11 core competencies required by the International Coach Federation), which also requires continuing education units and periodically working with a coach or coaching supervisor to maintain their professional credentials and coaching effectiveness over time.
What are professionally credentialed leadership coaches trained to do? "Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach's job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has." International Coach Federation (ICF).
What is coaching like? Reflect on the most rewarding collaborative experience you've ever had. It likely included:
A meaningful (and often time-sensitive) shared goal, mission and/or vision
An expectation to bring your greatest individual strengths, experience, talent, expertise and passion to the work at hand
The trust that if we believe in the "what" and "why," together we will figure out the best "how"
A sense of equal footing and shared ownership (versus "one up, one down")
The mutual respect to openly share and leverage our different perspectives, even if at first challenging, in service of our shared goal
A willingness to be pulled, pushed and positively challenged to think differently and take some risks, because we're in a safe environment and know it will make us better
The experience of "synergy" -- our results being greater than the sum of our individual contributions (and sometimes the experience--the journey itself--is the greatest reward)
Knowing we have grown and are forever changed by the experience
When you are ready, that is the level of collaboration we aspire to create with you.
What is Leadership Coaching? Although we approach coaching with a holistic, "Whole Leader" perspective, Leadership Coaching is a one-on-one, collaborative relationship between a coach and a client in a leadership role who is primarily focused on increasing their effectiveness in delivering meaningful results with and through their team.
Coach Kelly employs the 'lead from behind' methodology developed by The Hudson Institute, wherein the relationship is a collaborative partnership with the coach facilitating an environment conducive to the leader clarifying, aligning and accomplishing professional, leadership and organizational goals. The result is a sustainable increase in your sense of clarity, joy, effectiveness and accomplishment, which in turn increases the value you bring to your team, your organization, and your life.
What differentiates Executive Coaching from Consulting, Mentoring, Counseling and Therapy? It is not uncommon for a client to employ both a Coach and a Therapist or a Coach and a Consultant, and/or participate in an in-house Mentoring program. Sample differentiators include:
Consulting/Advising -- bringing industry, technical, organization-specific or related subject matter expertise and providing formal advice. > Typically a "telling" stance; "providing the fish" or solution.
Mentoring -- sharing personal and professional tips and experiences related to their own growth and development through particular roles, organizations, and/or areas of expertise. > Often a "telling" or "sharing" stance; what the mentor has learned; "how I learned to fish."
Counselor/Therapist -- bringing formal training and expertise for diagnosing and addressing long-term, historic patterns, trauma or illness. The focus tends to be on reviewing the past and prior experiences that have led to the current challenges in a confidential setting. > Typically an "expert" stance; "I have the expertise to help you heal your aquaphobia so you can get on with the business of learning how to fish."
Executive Coaching -- bringing formal training and expertise for partnering with clients in a confidential setting to facilitate beneficial changes based on the client's present realities and future vision--while assuming the client is whole and capable of developing and implementing their own solutions. The focus is future-oriented; the client envisioning, refining and improving "their own authentic style of fishing." > A "collaborative" stance with coach and client as equal partners in service of the client's vision; the coach helping to evoke the client's best thinking and resourcefulness while together unearthing deeper potential and developing practical application(s) to make meaningful progress toward the vision.
Note: It is not unusual for clients to describe the coaching experience as "therapeutic." A professional coaching presence creates a dedicated, supportive, reflective and accountable space for the client to envision, practice and implement their preferred future. A key difference is that professional coaching is not diagnostic or prescriptive.
effective, professional coaching can require a significant investment of
your time and energy. It also requires courage, resilience and
dedication to the process. Before you invest, be sure you are ready to
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