Research shows that training alone is 22% effective, while training paired with coaching increases effectiveness to 88%.” – Oliver, G., Bane., and Kopelman, R.E.
Here’s a frequent list of questions that I get asked about Professional Development Coaching. If your question or concern isn’t covered in this FAQ page, please feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.
Q: What kind of results can I expect to see if I work with you?
A: Here are the benefits you should expect. You will:
- Produce measurable results (increased productivity levels/sales, decreased work hours and distracted time.)
- Focus on taking effective and consistent action toward the realization of your personal and/or professional vision and goals.
- Receive tools and skill sets to stay focused on what is important. You’ll increase clarity about what’s important and become more focused on those things.
- Develop new frameworks for looking at opportunities and challenges.
- Participate in a confidential, compassionate, non-judgmental and safe forum for accountability.
- Develop your innate ability to discover your own solutions.
Q: What is the Difference Between Coaching, Therapy, Mentoring & Consulting?
Coaching is a profession that supports clients to produce concrete, measurable results. The focus is upon skill development; the process is pro-active and optimistic. A Coach seeks to bring out the best in the client and is seen as a partner with no vested interest in the identified outcomes.
Traditional therapy deals with healing pain, resolving past trauma, and improving relationships. The emphasis is on resolving difficulties which impact emotional functioning. Therapy outcomes often include improved emotional/feeling states and greater insight. Coaching is not psychotherapy, nor should it be used as a substitute for counseling, legal, financial or medical services. Working with a coach and a therapist simultaneously can be beneficial for some people.
A Mentor is a subject matter expert who most often takes the mentee “under their wing”. They may introduce the mentee to influential people and share best practices for their industry and position. They are often invested in the mentee’s success.
A Consultant is an advisor who is usually an expert in a particular field. They possess the experience and knowledge necessary to analyze the situation and provide a strategy that will demonstrate results. The emphasis is on what the Consultant can do for the client; they are expected to give advice, plan a course of action – in some cases they may perform the actions for the client – and direct the outcome.
Q: Can you give me real-world examples of my Return on Investment (ROI):
A: A 2010 study of 100 executives, mostly from Fortune 1000 companies, by Manchester, Inc. concludes that a company’s investment in providing coaching to its executives realized an average return on investment (ROI) of almost six times the cost of the coaching. The coaching programs typically lasted from 6 months to one year.
Areas of corporate benefits received:
- Delivered an average ROI of 5.7 times the initial investment.
- Executive productivity improvements (53%).
- Teamwork (67%).
- Organizational strength (48%).
- Quality improvements (48%).
- Customer service improvements (39%).
- Retention of those who received coaching (32%).
Areas of personal benefits received:
- Direct report and supervisor relationship improvements (greater than 70%).
- Teamwork (67%).
- Working relationships with peers (63%).
- Job satisfaction (52%).
Q: How do I find the right Coach for me?
A: Interview a potential Coach and ask them the following questions:
- Are you certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF)?
- Where did you receive your training?
- What is your philosophy of Coaching?
- What does your Coaching process look like (frequency, pricing, etc)?
- What specialized skills or experience do you bring to your Coaching?
- What are some of your client success stories?
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