When you google “Coach” you get a lot of options. For most people, who haven’t experienced coaching, it can be a quagmire trying to figure out what you want.
If you’re looking for a turbo boost for life, career or business, here is a short explanation of the different kinds of coaches that might suit your situation.
Executive Coach – this is the kind of work I do.
Exec coaches started out in the domain of CEOs. Senior Managers discovered that the more senior they got, the less people were willing to question, challenge or encourage them. They looked to a coach to help them recognize how they add value, to encourage new thinking and to become aware of their blind spots.
Now exec coaches work with all levels of people, in a variety of jobs. They focus on helping people shift their thinking, behaviour and habits in the work arena.
Coaching helps you move forward quickly, because you are setting the agenda. You identify the area you want to change and your coach helps you move beyond the limits of your current thinking. The goal is to gain a new perspective and discover new ways to be more effective.
Exec Coaches will help you make the most of what you’ve got. They help you recognise your strengths and build on them in a way that stays true to you.
Their aim is to help you be happier and more effective in the job you choose. That might mean becoming a more inspiring manager, figuring out what’s next in your career or resolving a relationship issue with a client, your boss or a team member.
We work by using the most relevant questions we can come up with. It’s the unexpected question that helps you think differently, and the big reason you can’t coach yourself. My job is to help you see things in a new light, observe things you may take for granted and look for what hasn’t been said.
Your coaching time is an oasis to think, a precious commodity in today’s offices. It’s thinking magnified, because we will both be completely focused on how to approach this area differently.
Normally, coaching has a limited number of sessions, I prefer 4-6. These are usually one and a half to two hours and are spaced out with a few weeks in between so you can try out your new thinking.
The results come quickly, are usually noticed by your boss and can make a big difference.
Business Coaches – these are consultants who use their experience to help resolve problems and improve your business, rather than yourself. Continue reading