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Forty years ago, no one talked about coaching. Twenty years ago, coaching was mainly directed at talented but abrasive executives who were likely to be fired if something didn’t change.

Today, coaching is a popular and potent solution for ensuring top performance from an organization’s most critical talent to individual leaders/entrepreneurs.

Almost half the coaches surveyed in this study reported that they are hired primarily to work with executives/individual leaders on the positive side of coaching—developing high-potential talent and facilitating a transition in or up. Another 26% said that they are most often called in to act as a sounding board on organizational dynamics or strategic matters.

Coaching is a professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations, helping them to bridge the gap between where they are now and where they want to be.

Coaching programs HELP FACILITATE: Clarifying goals and staying focused on key actions to achieve desired results.

Coaching is based on an allegiance between the coach clients. Effective Coaching Experts offer discreet, transformational and business-practical coaching for business executives, individual leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to accelerate their performance.

Provocative and enlightening, their input will open your eyes to self-created barriers, dramatically increase your effectiveness as a leader and inspire you to bold action and breakthrough results.

How do you know if you need a COACH?

To determine whether you/your company could benefit from coaching, start by summarizing what you would expect to accomplish in coaching.

When an individual/business has a fairly clear idea of the desired outcome, a coaching partnership can be a useful tool for developing a strategy for how to achieve that outcome with greater ease.

Since coaching is a partnership, ask yourself whether collaboration, other viewpoints, and new perspectives are valued. Also, ask yourself whether you or your business is ready to devote the time and the energy to making real changes. If the answer is yes, then coaching may be a beneficial way to grow and develop.

What you should expect from a coach

Building the relationship. It’s easier to learn from someone you trust. Coaches must effectively establish boundaries, build trust by being clear about the learning and development objectives they set, showing good judgment, being patient, following through on any promises they make.

Providing assessment. Where are you now and where do you want to go? Helping others to gain self-awareness and insight is a key job for a coach. Providing timely feedback and help clarify the behaviors that you would like to change.

Assessment focuses on gaps/inconsistencies, on current performance vs. desired performance, words vs. actions and intention vs. impact.

Challenging thinking and assumptions. Thinking about thinking is an important part of the coaching process. Coaches ask open-ended questions, push for alternative solutions to problems and encourage reasonable risk-taking.

Supporting and encouraging. As partners in learning, coaches listen carefully, are open to the perspectives of others and allow employees to vent emotions without judgment. They encourage employees to make progress toward their goals, and they recognize their successes.

Driving results. Effective coaching is about achieving goals. The coach helps the employee set meaningful ones and identify specific behaviors or steps for meeting them. The coach helps to clarify milestones or measures of success and holds the employee accountable for them.

Whether you are determined to achieve business results at a new level or perhaps want to create the next chapter of your career, you are welcome to schedule a discovery conversation to explore whether this sophisticated, insightful, rigorous and rewarding coaching approach is right for you.

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