Why should I get myself a coach?
1. Increased Clarity and Focus
Sometimes we are just too busy. We do not take the time to take a step back and analyze our situation and to gain clarity and focus on where we want to go and what we want to achieve. A coach can help you increase your clarity, focus and ultimately your effectiveness.
2. Increased Accountability
It’s so easy to make excuses to ourself to get out of doing things that we know we should do. Having a coach act as an accountability partner helps to make you keep your commitments.
3. Increased Confidence
Negative self-talk is one the biggest inhibitors to our success. It’s so easy to see all of the problems, the pitfalls, and reasons why failure await us, so much so that it can actually stop us from even trying. A good coach will help you picture success, help you put in place a plan or strategy that will help build confidence, and eliminate doubts.
4. Better Ideas
It can be difficult to know whether an idea is good or bad, madness or genius. Ideas need to be challenged as this helps to improve them.
5. Better Decision Making
We all have our prejudices, preconceived notions, or beliefs about people or situations that can actually be detrimental to our performance and decision making, by clouding our judgment. Having that unbiased view, a coach will help you to see things as they really are and help you make better choices.
Coaching, counseling, mentoring and consulting – what´s the difference?
Coaching – according to the International Coach Federation coaching is defined as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Coaching is about growth and change. Its about helping you to develop. Coaching is a goal-oriented, solution-focused process. Coach and client (coachee) together choose the focus, format, and desired outcomes for their work. The coachee takes responsibility for setting the goals. The coach mainly plays a facilitating role to help the coachee reach his/her goals. The coachee takes the ultimate responsibility for action.
Counseling – in general, counselors are trained to diagnose and help clients with emotional problems, the past or dysfunction while coaches are not. Counseling is focused on relieving psychological pain or treating cognitive or emotional disorders. While counseling tends to be past-focused, coaching is future oriented.
Mentoring – a mentor offers guidance and advice. The mentor shares their experience while bringing the “mentee” up the ranks. Consulting – a consultant is an expert who is called on for professional or technical advice or opinions. Consultants use their particular expertise to diagnose, direct, or design solutions for the client.
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How do I know if I have the right coach?
Decide if you want your coach to be someone who has the same experience (in role or industry) as you, or someone from outside the field in which you are working. A good sign is if you feel excited and inspired by your discussion, but a bit scared. This typical means that you are ready to commit to the process, but part of you is “scared” because you know there will some moving beyond your comfort zone involved, which is essential if you want to grow.
How will I know if you are the right coach for me?
Mutual trust is key to a successful coaching process, and the best thing is to trust your feelings when taking this decision. To help you find out if we are a good fit, I offer a 30 min call free of charge where we will discuss what you would like to achieve and you decide if I am the right coach for you. Just keep in mind, if you want to advance in your career you have to take the leap. There is no right moment for it. Trust your feeling and then take the first step.
Is what we have been talking about in a session confidential?
Everything you tell me in your coaching session is strictly confidential.
How do you maintain your coaching quality standards?
As a coach I periodically bring my coaching work experiences to a coaching supervisor in order to engage in reflective dialogue and learning, which helps me futher develop as a coach and indirectly ensures that you as my client are well supported and receive the best possible coaching experience.