Is coaching confidential?
Yes. Completely. As a Certified Professional Co-Active coach and member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), I am bound by The ICF Code of Ethics. In addition to this Code of Ethics, I am fully committed to and will be rigorous about maintaining confidentiality. I will not discuss with anyone who my clients are or the content of coaching sessions. You are free to share whatever you choose with anyone.
What is a Co-Active Coach?
The creator of Co-Active coaching, CTI, defines it “an experience of personal and professional development unlike other kinds of coaching. Based on the Co-Active Model, it begins by holding the coachee as naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and completely capable of finding their own answers to whatever challenges they face. The job of a Co-Active Coach® is to ask powerful questions, listen and empower to elicit the skills and creativity a client already possesses, rather than instruct or advise. Co-Active coaching uses an array of proprietary tools developed by CTI that have been proven as the gold standard over the past 20 years of the coaching profession.
How is coaching different from counselling or therapy?
Counselling or therapy tend to be a long-term process which puts an emphasis on your past. Both deal with pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships, focusing on difficulties from the past that hamper emotional functioning in the present.
Coaching supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in search of specific outcomes. Coaching is future focused. The primary focusing being creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in an individual’s work or personal life. Coaching relationships focus on action, accountability and follow through.
How is coaching different from consulting?
A consultant’s role is typically to give advice on a subject matter they are an expert in. They will frequently utilize and share metrics, assessments and data and will provide specific recommendations based on those.
A coach will ask a lot of questions and support the client in achieving his/her own results. Coaching focuses on the individual and supports behavior change, facilitates personal growth and promotes self-discovery. Coaching emphasizes values-based goals, obtaining long term results and maximizes a client’s commitment to implementing solutions.
Can you fix me?
NO! There is nothing wrong with you.
How do I know if coaching is right for me?
Coaching is a partnership. We both show up 100%. Ask yourself if you are ready to commit to real changes in your life and invest the time and resources to do it. Ask yourself if partnering with someone to gain other viewpoints, new perspectives and enter into a collaborative relationship in order to get you there are of value to you.
Why would someone work with a coach?
There are many reasons someone would work with a coach. Some of these include:
• Achieving goals both personally and professionally
• Discover their life purpose
• Be more confident
• Be at peace with their past
• Make significant changes in their personal or professional life
• Coping with loss
How is coaching provided?
Assuming we are a good fit for each other, we will enter into a coaching agreement and begin work. Coaching is typically provided via phone so all you need to do is find a quiet space and dedicate one hour to yourself. Most clients find that working with someone over the phone as opposed to in person, allows them to be a little bit more relaxed and a freedom to hear and say things they might not otherwise.
Together we will design the relationship between the two of us. We will discuss, in detail, how we will work together, how we will be with each other and so on. We will work side-by-side to identify your values, strengths, goals and current beliefs that might be limiting you.
We will normally meet for one hour, twice a month via phone and work on any topic of your choosing. At the end of each session we will decide on an action you will take, homework if you will. This may be something to do or something to ponder.
What is the Coaches role vs the individual role?
• Maintain the ethical standards set forth by the ICF
• Listen closely to what is being said and what is not.
• Ask meaningful questions.
• Utilize intuition throughout the conversation utilizing verbal and non-verbal communication from the client.
• Make observations to assist in gaining clarity
• Hold you accountable
• Challenge beliefs that keep you small
• Create each coaching session agenda based on personal goals and be fully present during sessions.
• Take ownership of physical, mental and emotional well-being, decisions, choices, actions and in-actions and results.
• Accept full responsibility for actions and in-actions
• Communicate openly, honestly and with integrity
What are the benefits of using a coach?
• Increased confidence and self-esteem
• A clear connection with all of you
• Ability to see more possibilities and opportunities
• A strong connection with your values
• Improved communication skills
• Enhanced work performance
• Personal development and achieving goals
• Greater problem solving abilities
• Improved relationships
• Obtain insights into yourself
• Become more accountable
How do we resolve differences?
If you ever feel your needs are not being met, or you are not getting what you want out of coaching, I will trust you to tell me so we can problem-solve. We will discuss your needs and concerns and make adjustments as necessary.