Frequently Asked Questions
And if you don’t know, now you know
How will I make the time and head space for coaching?
Isn’t coaching fluffy, woo-woo and for self-help types?
Do I have to open up and be vulnerable for coaching to work?
How is coaching different than therapy?
Coaching is about fulfilling an unrealized vision you have for your future. It’s about having the courage to name a goal you want to achieve and taking action, so you have no regrets when you look back on your life. The goal of therapy is to heal trauma and mitigate symptoms to achieve emotional well-being, stable relationships, and peace of mind. Effective therapy moves us from black and white to color while coaching delivers the 120-color box of crayons.
Coaching is expensive. Can’t I just do the work myself?
People turn to coaching when they’ve gotten as far as they can on their own. They need support to realize their vision for the future. A coach has three jobs you can’t do on your own:
- Facilitate INSIGHT: Identify obstacles and remove them
- Provide SUPPORT: Partner with you to sustain motivation and momentum
- Create ACCOUNTABILITY: Keep you on track so agreed upon objectives are seen through to fruition
How do I justify the cost of coaching and show a return on the investment?
I could share studies that quantify the ROI of coaching, but would that answer your question? I could share success stories from clients I have coached (increased sales, promotions, repaired relationships), but you could find those on the testimonials page. The best way to answer this question for you and your organization is to design and test a coaching engagement. Here’s how:
- Determine the goals for the coaching partnership
- Select tools to measure the extent to which the goals are met
- Gather data at appropriate intervals
- Analyze and interpret the information
These steps will answer the question for you, so you can make an informed decision about whether coaching is a worthwhile investment.
What’s the difference between a coach and a consultant?
How can an external coach be effective if they aren’t part of the culture? Wouldn’t a mentor make more sense?
If I have a coach, will it reflect poorly on me? Will others think I’m not a good leader?
Most world-class organizations have been supporting leaders through executive and leadership coaching for decades to help high performers level up. Engaging in coaching signals to others that you are committed to your own growth and development and that’s something you can take pride in.