“Knowledge of self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know myself completely, to know my minutiae, my characteristics, my subtleties, my atoms.”
What Is Professional Coaching?
ICF defines coaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. “
To learn more about what coaching is please watch this brief video from the International Coaching Federation. What is Coaching?
The type of coaching that I focus on is business coaching. Business coaching is a series of structured conversations with an individual or team within a business environment, profit or non-profit. Unlike other types of coaching, business coaching has a clear focus on the business objectives of the client and the organization. This may involve different goals such as leadership/ executive development, building highly effective teams, career management and or succession planning.
Some clients partner with a coach for a short-term project and or the achievement of very specific goals. An example of this might be hiring a coach to support you in preparing for an upcoming Board presentation, or how to have more meaningful conversations with team members about their performance.
What can I expect from my Coach?
ICF credentialed coaches have completed stringent education and experience requirements and have demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence in coaching. Certification from the ICF means the coach:
Has received professional training from a program specifically designed to teach coaching skills in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics
Has demonstrated a proficient understanding and use of the coaching competencies as outlined by the ICF
Is accountable to the ethics and standards set forth by the ICF
Good coaches create environments of mutual respect and trust. They will challenge, motivate and hold you accountable to the goals you establish for yourself. A good coach can help you see yourself more accurately; get clear about how to maximize your strengths; and grow in the most practical and relevant ways.
How can I know if coaching is right for me?
If you are open to new experiences and ideas, willing to dedicate the necessary time and energy required for meaningful, lasting change, then coaching may be a beneficial tool to unlocking your potential and creating more meaningful success. I love talking to people about coaching so feel free to call or email me for an exploratory conversation about coaching, and whether this could be the right tool for you at this time.