What is coaching?
The term “coaching” is vague, resulting in many misconceptions about what it is and how it works. In short, coaching is not therapy. And, I do not simply provide you advice or present you with a play-by-play set of instructions to implement.
As a successful coach, I partner deeply with my clients to provide a safe and confidential space, where together we formulate strategies and specific action plans for creating sustainable results. Even though my title is Coach, I am more correctly a partner in our team to inspire, think and plan together – and assist you in executing on the action steps required to attain your goals.
What do I do?
I help professionals grow from good to great.
More specifically, I assist C-suite executives, mid-level managers, independent professionals and entrepreneurs:
- Become agile leaders: I coach senior executives and entrepreneurs to think strategically about innovation and how to proactively manage disruptive change.
- Develop leadership skills: I coach effective techniques for communication, team management, conflict resolution and work delegation to help inspire, motivate, and manage diverse teams.
- Balance work-life and enhance performance: I coach professionals in techniques to take a holistic approach for creating a working environment that maximizes employee satisfaction and performance enhancement.
- Inspire: I reach out through motivational speaking engagements to inspire professionals at all levels of the organization on topics, such as leadership skills, disruptive change management, and career development.
- Manage and grow their careers: At times, this process involves guiding and mentoring on how to reinvent entire careers.
How do I coach?
First and foremost, my coaching program is completely customized to the goals of each individual client. I create a unique coaching plan for every engagement.
The first step is an exploratory onboarding session to learn about your needs and the coaching goals. It is also a time for me to explain my coaching process. We will explore and establish a clear understanding of how our new collaboration will best work.
Typically, I coach individuals and teams in sessions conducted by phone or video conferencing on Zoom or Skype. I also coach in-person, on-site, if requested by client organizations with several coaching candidates. Each coaching session lasts approximately one hour, twice a month, for a minimum engagement period of six months.
Before coaching sessions, I work behind-the-scenes, thinking, studying, and strategizing so that our sessions are highly productive.
It goes without saying that the coaching relationship is highly confidential. Whatever is discussed in sessions, and even the client identity and any employees involved, is held in strict confidence, according to the ethics rules established by the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Whom do I coach?
I specialize in working with C-suite executives, entrepreneurs, and investment professionals, such as traders, risk managers, and financial advisers. I work with leaders directing businesses as well as individuals looking to transition to new careers.
How do you recognize a good coach?
Before hiring a coach, research the person and find out their background. Read their blog and study their website. Not every coach and client are a good fit. You must have a good rapport, trust them, and have a common language. Before hiring anyone, reach out to two or three coaches and talk to them via phone or video. As a seasoned professional, you will know the right coach. Trust your instincts because that is how you arrived where you are.
My Coaching Process
- Step 1: Partner with the client to learn and achieve clarity on all coaching goals.
- Step 2: Establish a trusting coaching relationship. Explore, inquire, and get an in-depth understanding of all challenges, both real and perceived, to identify potential roadblocks that may prevent progress toward the end goals.
- Step 3: Partner with the client to create a unique coaching work plan that enables the client to accomplish the identified goals.
- Step 4: Engage the client in a series of coaching sessions, while continuously evaluating and reviewing progress. Adjust and fine-tune the process as necessary.
- Step 5: At the completion of the engagement, determine how the process assisted the client in accomplishing his/her coaching goals. And after the engagement – I am available to clients for check-ins and consultations as and when needed to ensure their continued success.