How Executive Coaching Works
Before executive coaching can begin in earnest, client and coach first need to determine whether they will be a good fit. To do this, the coach needs to engage with the business owner to determine what result he or she envisages. Good coaches will refuse a potential client if they do not feel able to deliver the desired results.
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The initial conversation covers the following aspects:
- What is the vison that led the client to seek coaching?
- How coaching works. What it can and cannot do.
- How the coach works, and whether the client will be comfortable will that.
- What engagement will consist of and where its boundaries lie.
- The coach’s history and experience, and how this could help the business owner,
- Time commitments.
Now, and only now do coach and client decide whether they agree to move forward with the coaching relationship.
Are mentoring, coaching, consulting and therapy the same thing?
Although these approaches may work towards similar goals, coaching is completely different:
A Mentor: Shares his or her experience and tells you how they would approach your situation. Guidance and advice are given.
A consultant: Here the nuance is that the consultant is the expert. You are told how to approach your issue, and there is little flexibility. You are taught methods and given information.
Therapy: Usually person-centred but may lack the additional focus on the business or organisation.
Coaching: Coaching addresses what you want to achieve; the coach provides the necessary support. The past is examined, and new possibilities are considered. Together, coach and client explore new ideas, experiment with new methods and look at new ways of thinking.
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