Frequently Asked Questions about coaching
Investing in yourself is a big step forward, and comes with a lot of questions. Here are the ones we typically deal with, and we are more than happy to address any we missed.
How long is a coaching relationship?
Coaching is most beneficial in three month increments. One-hour sessions, twice a month for 3 months allow for adequate time for reflection, introspection, clarification and actionable steps to be identified, practiced and “grooved in.”
How are sessions conducted?
Sessions are typically conducted over the phone. They are focused and intentional conversations, helping to maximize productivity and create the most value for the client’s time. A client prep form is sent to clients and returned to coach via e-mail before scheduled phone calls. A client and coach are then mindfully prepared for how to best utilize their time together.
What type of training do coaches have?
Julie holds a certification from Mount Royal University in Integrative Health and Wellness coaching, with 40 hours of coaching. To further her practice in 2018, Julie continues to work towards completing her Associated Certified Coach level accreditation through the ICF.
How is coaching different than therapy?
Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual's emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways. Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. Coaching is future focused. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one's work or personal life. The emphases in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow
What if coaching isn’t the right fit?
Clients are under no obligation to continue working with me as their coach if it is not the right fit or vice-versa. This is clearly stated in the terms of agreement in forming our partnership. Coaching however, can work together with other expertise as part of a holistic effort towards health and wellness. Our goal will be to keep the communication lines open so we can support the needs of FAQ’s client moving forward. Additionally, I keep a list of expertise and practitioners on hand for referrals when needed.
What are some typical reasons someone might work with a coach?
An individual or team might choose to work with a coach for many reasons, including but not limited to the following:
• Something urgent, compelling or exciting is at stake (a challenge, stretch goal or opportunity)
• A gap exists in knowledge, skills, confidence or resources
• A desire to accelerate results
• A lack of clarity with choices to be made
• Success has started to become problematic
• Work and life are out of balance, creating unwanted consequences
• Core strengths need to be identified, along with how best to leverage them
Within the partnership, what does the coach do? The individual?
• Provides objective assessment and observations that foster the individual's or team’s self-awareness and awareness of others
• Listens closely to fully understand the individual's or team's circumstances
• Acts as a sounding board in exploring possibilities and implementing thoughtful planning and decision making
• Champions opportunities and potential, encouraging stretch and challenge commensurate with personal strengths and aspirations
• Fosters shifts in thinking that reveal fresh perspectives
• Challenges blind spots to illuminate new possibilities and support the creation of alternative scenarios
• Maintains professional boundaries in the coaching relationship, including confidentiality, and adheres to the coaching profession's code of ethics
• Creates the coaching agenda based on personally meaningful coaching goals
• Uses assessment and observations to enhance self-awareness and awareness of others • Envisions personal and/or organizational success
• Assumes full responsibility for personal decisions and actions
• Utilizes the coaching process to promote possibility thinking and fresh perspectives
• Takes courageous action in alignment with personal goals and aspirations
• Engages big-picture thinking and problem-solving skills
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