FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Life Coaching?
Professional Life Coaching is a professional partnership between a qualified coach and an individual that supports the achievement of extraordinary results, based on goals set by the individual. Through the process of coaching, individuals focus on the skills and actions needed to successfully produce their personally relevant results. Source: The International Coaching Federation (ICF).
[A coach is] part advisor, part sounding board, part cheerleader, part manager, and part strategist. Source: The Business Journal, April 10, 2000.
Why choose Life Coaching?
"I view the money we spent on a coach as an investment in the rest of our lives," Source Canadian Living Magazine, November 2009.
Your world is complex and competitive. Growing numbers of businesses, organizations and individuals are turning to professional coaching to increase their effectiveness, build relationships and reach their goals in a manner that is also enjoyable as well as results oriented.
The ICF Global Coaching Client Study shows most clients reported improved work performance, better business management, more efficient time management, increased team effectiveness, and more growth and opportunities. The same study found that coaching clients noted greater self-confidence, enhanced relationships, more effective communications skills, better work-and-life balance and an improvement in wellness.
Who uses Life Coaching?
Professionals and individuals like yourself use life coaching to get ahead of the curve professionally or to support personal growth and development.
"But whereas 20 years ago most coaching was a remedial effort aimed at poor performers, most coaching budgets today focus on developing high potential leaders." "a recent global survey of coaching clients by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Association Resource center which concluded that the mean Rate of Return on Investment (ROI) for companies investing in coaching was 7 times the initial investment, with over a quarter reporting an ROI of 10 to 49 times". Source: Forbes magazine, January 1, 2011.
"The respondents were executives from large (mostly FORTUNE 1,000) companies who had participated in either "change oriented" coaching, aimed at improving certain behaviors or skills, or "growth oriented" coaching, designed to sharpen overall job performance. The programs lasted from six months to a year. About 60% of the executives were ages 40 to 49--a prime age bracket for career retooling. Half held positions of vice president or higher, and a third earned $200,000 or more per year. Asked for a conservative estimate of the monetary payoff from the coaching they got, these managers described an average return of more than $100,000, or about six times what the coaching had cost their companies. Almost three in ten (28%) claimed they had learned enough to boost quantifiable job performance--whether in sales, productivity, or profits--by $500,000 to $1 million since they took the training. They also reported better relationships with direct reports (77%), bosses (71%), peers (63%), and clients (37%), and cited a marked increase in job satisfaction (61%) and 'organizational commitment' (44%), meaning they are less likely to quit than they were before." Source: Fortune Magazine, By Anne Fisher, February 19, 2001 "Executive Coaching--With Returns a CFO Could Love".
How do I pick a coach that is right for me?
Good question and well worth consideration. You should see what coaching credentials match your area of focus as well as having a consultation to see if you have a connection and feel comfortable working with the coach. For my coaching training, I choose the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) as it is the most comprehensive coach training available and the rigorous program is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Does your coach have working knowledge of your area of expertise or other relevant experience? Do you feel as though you can work with this person in a way that will challenge you? A coaching relationship is personal and requires rapport, mutual trust, and respect.
What sort of effort is required?
You will be expected to work hard, and smart (and you will have fun). You will need to dedicate yourself and your time to your coaching experience. Let yourself be challenged, work through discomfort and be open to new perspectives and new ways of doing things. You want to accomplish specific goals as quickly as possible and this means you will need to do the work as your coach guides you along the way. You may want to work on several areas, or just one. The area of focus is your decision. There are tools available to provide clarity on where your focus may effectively be applied.