“Executive coaches are not for the meek. They’re for people who value unambiguous feedback. All coaches have one thing in common, it’s that they are ruthlessly results-oriented. Executive coaching isn’t therapy. It’s product development, with you as the product.

(Claire Tristram, FAST COMPANY Magazine)

What is Coaching?

A professional coaching relationship exists when coaching includes a business agreement or contract that defines the responsibilities of each party. The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Through the process of coaching, individuals focus on the skills and actions needed to successfully produce their personally relevant results.

The individual or team chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions as well as concepts and principles, which can assist in generating possibilities and identifying actions. Through the coaching process the clarity that is needed to support the most effective actions is achieved. Coaching accelerates the individual’s or team’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of possibilities leading to more effective choices. Coaching concentrates on where individuals are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future. ICF member coaches recognize that results are a matter of the individual’s or team’s intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coach’s efforts and application of coaching skills, approaches and methods.

Why are more and more successful people using a Coach?

What’s really driving the boom in coaching, is this: “As we move from 30 miles an hour to 70 to 120 to 180…as we go from driving straight down the road to making right turns and left turns to abandoning cars and getting on motorcycles…the whole game changes, and a lot of people are trying to keep up, learn how, not fall off.” (John Kotter, professor of leadership at the Harvard Business School)

What should I think about before I select a coach?

  • Be clear about your objective and evaluate the Coach’s ability and/or expertise to help you achieve your goal(s).
  • Ask your network for referrals.
  • Make sure prospective Coaches are qualified and certified by the International Coach Federation.
  • Request a complimentary consultation to experience their coaching style.
  • Finding the right coach can be frustrating, it is important that you like and feel comfortable with them. You should also feel confident that the Coach will stretch you and help you to achieve your goals as quickly as possible.
  • Interview at least 2 – 3 Coaches.
  • Check out their references – ask to speak to a current and former client.
  • Determine if there is a minimum commitment and what will happen if you are not satisfied with your coaching experience.
  • Have a clear understanding of their fees and what is included.
  • Ensure your preferred method of interaction/communication, e.g. face-to-face, telephone coaching, email, text or a combination is offered by the Coach.

What kind of clients do you typically work with?

Currently, all of my clients are through referrals from satisfied clients! I enjoy coaching successful, emerging and high potential level leaders who are committed to staying on the fast track. I have worked with Mid-level Managers, Managing Directors, Senior Vice Presidents & Vice Presidents across the financial services, media, publishing, healthcare and consumer goods sectors.

How would you describe your coaching style?

  • At the outset and during our coaching relationship, I ask challenging questions to prompt my client to reflect on and evaluate situations and/or experiences.
  • We then determine how the client is positioned (internally and externally). My direct and straightforward approach pushes clients to identify their strengths and developmental opportunities. Resulting in a strong awareness of what needs to change, improve or happen for them to make an impact. We then translate their awareness into actionable goals, which forms the basis of our coaching agenda.
  • I incorporate my background and real-life business cases to help my clients create strategies and habits that will drive the attainment of their goals. My coaching is action-oriented and assesses the clients’ intention to ensure they are fully engaged and committed to the action required to enhance their effectiveness. I listen to verbal and non-verbal cues; as well as observe clients behavior/performance, to confirm they are progressing toward their goals.
  • We achieve measurable, sustainable results, by identifying and creating new behaviors that my clients can put into practice on a weekly basis. Consequently, my clients are equipped to attain their goals and make an impact well beyond our coaching engagement.

Where do you coach your clients?

I coach in person, via phone and/or skype. I am based in New York and have clients in the US, UK and Africa.

How will I know if you are the right coach for me?

The best way to find out if I am the right coach for you, is to sign up for a complimentary consultation. During the initial consultation, I can address any questions that you have about coaching, my style, background, results and fees.

What happens when I sign up for a complimentary consultation?

We will set up a convenient time to talk about why you would like to pursue coaching, your expectations and goals. I typically conduct a mini coaching session to give you an idea of my coaching style and approach. There is no obligation or high-pressure sales pitch. I only work with clients who are open to coaching and can commit to the intensity required to achieve long-term results.

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