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Frequently Asked Questions About Professional and Life Coaching
There are 3 unique variables of coaching that contribute to its success:
Generally, people who want to restructure their lives for personal and professional productivity. This would also include people who are in transition.
The two types of relationships are similar in some important
require a core level of trust and understanding between the professional
and the client. Goals are developed for either type of relationship, and
either type should result in growth for the client. For either type of
relationship, you should make sure that your coach or therapist is trained
and experienced in ways that best serve your needs as coachee or therapy
The answer is simple: the same as the difference between a Partner/C-Suite Executive and a Manager/Professional. There is a difference in focus, a difference in span and a difference in support.
Focus: Executive coaching is generally focused on realizing some goal for the benefit of the organization, often grooming the executive for higher positions, supporting the executive through role change, or preventing some errant characteristic from derailing the executive's career. Generally it includes assessments from colleagues, superiors and subordinates. These assessments provide direct feedback for the executive to identify strengths and weaknesses and modify behavior accordingly. Obviously, this provides career benefits for the executive, and the organization thrives in response.
Professional coaching may include similar feedback methods, where politically possible, but is generally orientated toward the career and life goals of the client. The focus is on maximizing the client's positive impact on his own life and career, which will also have benefits for any organization the client chooses to join and support.
Span: In addition to behavioral change, an executive coach may provide guidance about effecting organizational change, whereas a professional coach may add guidance about career change. In either case, a coach with clinical expertise can also support the client in terms of analyzing interpersonal issues, maintaining life balance and solving personal needs.
Support: Executive coaching is generally engaged with the full support of the organization, whereas professional coaching more often is an individual initiative.
The wonderful thing about coaching is that it is individualized. But in general people choose coaching to:
Coaching is delivered in regular weekly sessions by telephone or in person which - ever is more convenient. Clients bring an agenda of items to the meeting. Dr. Chester helps them solve problems and make the most of opportunities. Coaches bring out each client's best by offering advice, expecting a lot, help clients to strategize and celebrating their wins.
The right coach brings out your best on a consistent basis. To do this, the coach you select should pass the following tests:
Trying out a coach for a month is a reasonable thing to do. Dr. Chester prefers to work with two types of clients: Individuals who are making substantial changes in their personal and professional lives and professionals who are smart, quick, and ready to do what it takes to reach beyond-the-next-level goals.
Dr. Chester has extensive training and experience in human behavior, motivation, and strategies of change. She is the North Texas Principal of the Global Consulting Partnership, an organization focused on business psychology and behavior change.
Dr. Chester has worked with managers and C-Suite executives of Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and privately held companies, to improve their abilities, their promotability, their businesses and their lives. She has a specialty in public accounting firms, having worked with partners, directors, and managing partners in two of the top four public accounting firms. She has also worked with countless individuals wanting to improve their relationships and their personal productivity.
It is difficult to give a meaningful answer to this question without first exploring your needs, goals, targets, and current situation. Dr. Chester would be happy to discuss this with you and then give you the answer for your particular situation. Please call to schedule a time for a free telephone consultation.
If you believe that this type of relationship could work for you, call Dr. Chester to discuss if she is a fit for your goals.
An initial meeting is scheduled so that Dr. Chester can learn about your goals, needs, and problems. Prior to this meeting Dr. Chester will send you a welcome package containing checklists and assessment materials to make the most of the meeting. During this meeting, both parties design a list of goals and a game plan to reach these goals.
By the end of this meeting, you should be comfortable with her in a coaching setting, or she will have helped you to determine what additional characteristics you are looking for in a coach to help you achieve your goals.
Dr. Gail Chester