How does Executive Coaching differ from Business Consulting?
How does Executive Coaching Different than Counseling or Psychotherapy?
What is Involved in Coaching?
Personal Assessment: You will assess yourself and have others assess you in a variety of areas and use the results to inform your strategies for acheiving your goals.
Goal Setting: You will set specific goals that are specific, measurable, and time-bound.
Accountability: You commit to meeting at regular intervals for a specified length of time (typically 3 months-12 months), review your progress toward your goals, identify obstacles and resources, refine and set new goals for the next week.
Commitment: One of the ways to assure your commitment is to pay all fees upfront. That way, you're demonstrating belief in yourself, the coaching process, and commitment to following through with the steps needed to acheive your goals.
Is Coaching Business Consulting?
No. A business consultant is an expert in your line of work and offers specific advice on strategy and other corporate decisions.
A Coach is an Expert in Asking Questions and guiding you through your own thinking process. A coach is your thinking partner and helps you hear what you're thinking. A coach allows you to sort through life's clamor to identify and focus on that which is most important to you and set out next steps to getting where you want to go.
What is the Length of a Typical Coaching Engagement?
Coaching Contracts typically range from 3-12 months. Some coachees engage their coaches for 18 months to several years depending on the value they receive from the relationship.
How will I Know if Coaching is Working?
You will set regular measurable goals within a specified timeframe. This process makes it easy to track and measure if you are meeting your goals.
Can Anyone Call Themselves a Coach?
The Coaching Profession is currently loosely regulated. There are many efforts being made to train and certify quality coaching professionals. The College of Executive Coaching, where I did my training, only trains and certifies coaches who already posses graduate degrees (in law, business, medicine, and psychology) to assure highly qualified coaches enter the field.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is dedicated to advancing the art, science, and practice of professional coaching and has established a set of Ethical Guidelines for coaching professionals.