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Dallas, Texas 75225
(214) 373-6370


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Frequently Asked Questions About Professional and Life Coaching

What are the reasons coaching works?

There are 3 unique variables of coaching that contribute to its success:

  • Synergy - The client/coachee and the coach become a team focused on the client's goals as a way to accomplish more than the client would have alone.

  • Structure - The coach provides accountability and therefore the coachee thinks bigger, takes more action and accomplishes more goals.

  • Expertise - The coach is skilled in helping the coachee make better decisions, set the most productive goals and restructure their personal and professional lives for maximum productivity.


Who works with a coach?

Generally, people who want to restructure their lives for personal and professional productivity. This would also include people who are in transition.


How is a coach different from a psychotherapist?

The two types of relationships are similar in some important ways. Both 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 client.

However, there are significant differences as well. The focus of each process is different, and the training and experience required of the professional are quite distinct. A coach works primarily on the present and the future, whereas a therapist may spend significant amounts of time returning to the past to better help the client understand and change current patterns. A professional coach deals primarily with the professional goals of the client, and so must understand business and the needs of business persons. A therapist must understand a wide variety of types of personalities, emotional issues, and methods for helping the client to address the issues in their past and present. A life coach is somewhere in between, focused on the client's life goals in addition to, or instead of, professional ones.

Dr Chester's deep experience in both the world of therapy and the world of executive and professional coaching gives her a great number of options for dealing with the unique needs of each client.


What's the difference between executive coaching and professional coaching?

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.


What kinds of things are worked on in the coaching process?

The wonderful thing about coaching is that it is individualized. But in general people choose coaching to:

  • Achieve maximum work performance

  • Create and maintain work/life balance

  • Discover core strengths as a foundation for achieving meaningful goals

  • Prioritize actions and projects

  • Design and implement a vision for the next chapter of their lives

  • Get out of the "stuck place" in life

  • Attract healthier relationships and learn to make better relationship decisions


How does the process work?

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.


What should I look for in a coach?

The right coach brings out your best on a consistent basis. To do this, the coach you select should pass the following tests:

  1. Does the coach have a track record of helping someone like me accomplish the goals that I want?

  2. Do I feel good and motivated to act when I am with this coach?

  3. Will this coach keep up with me and more importantly stay ahead of me as I am growing?

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.


What is Dr. Chester's training in coaching?

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.


How much does coaching cost?

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.


How do I get started with coaching?

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.


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Dr. Gail Chester

Sterling Plaza
5949 Sherry Lane, Suite 825
Dallas, Texas 75225
(214) 373-6370