What is Coaching?

International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaches honour the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole.
— The International Coach Federation

My Approach

Ultimately, coaching is about getting results. The results you're aiming at may be concrete and measurable--like the successful completion of a project or navigating a chronic leadership challenge.  Or the results you have in mind may be less tangible or not clearly defined--"I want to improve my relationship with my work team" or "I want to be in a better place a year from now" 

To help you get the results you need, I use a 'values alignment' approach that involves getting clarity on what is important--not only professionally, but personally. Central to my approach is the belief that in order to successfully and confidently meet your challenges and make the most of your opportunities, you must know and be your most authentic self. 

I think of a coach as a 'thinking partner'.  One who engages at the deeper level of personal beliefs and values.  One who supports the cultivation of an inspiring vision and collaborates on the journey to its fulfillment.  Coaching, to me, is about empowering others not only to achieve their goals but to flourish as they do. 

In a typical coaching session, you can expect us to first establish a verbal contract that specifies your objectives. Through deep listening and asking probing questions, I seek to empower you to determine what the next step might be and how to take it with with integrity and authenticity. Coaching sessions take place via telephone/teleconference.  

Coaching is not...

Coaching is distinct from other service professions such as Therapy, Consulting, Mentoring, or Training.