What is coaching?
Coaching is a relational process that helps individuals, teams, and organizations move from where they are to where they need to be resulting in personal, professional, and organizational growth.
Coaching = growth
Coaching is all about growth. An individual grows in their ability to live and work focused and balanced. For example, focus involves being and purpose. Emphasis is placed on fulfilling one's life purpose(s) and growing in self, social, and spiritual awareness. Balance involves doing and priorities. Coaching is all about intuitive listening and powerful questions that guide a person toward achievable action steps. Coaching is both a relationship and a partnership. It's not simply a business agreement or assignment. A healthy coaching relationship is built on trust, care, and help.
The demand for a coaching skill set is rapidly growing. There's an estimated 53,300 professional coaches around the world bringing in an total annual income of approximately $2.3 Billion. [2016 ICF Global Coaching Study] Why is the demand increasing? Because coaching works. Coaching can also work for you. Here are some potential outcomes:
- Work performance
- Problem solving
- Time management
- Better results
- Team effectiveness
- Work-life balance
- Communication skills
- Self confidence
Coaching helps to provide accountability, create action plans, work toward clarity, expose gaps, celebrate success, move toward results, turn potential into productivity, consider options, recycle thinking, empower, transform, support, and get from where we are to where we want to be. Coaching promotes self, social and spiritual awareness.
coaches vs. mentors
Coaching is not just another buzz word for mentoring. Mentoring involves pouring into others by sharing knowledge and expertise with them as "mentees". Coaching is more about calling forth creativity and action buried within others. It's coming alongside of an individual, team, or organization by helping them clarify where they are, where they need to be, and how to get there. Then, journeying with them until they reach their destination. It's not a program, but a process. Mentoring is a telling model. Coaching is an asking model. Coaching is critical to one's success in becoming aware, empowered, and whole.
We’re committed to coming alongside of individuals, teams, and organizations to address growth in sustainable ways that are good for the whole person, business, and the world. Coaching emphasizes self-care, family-care, and others-care.
Formal coaching involves a designated meeting time called a “coaching session”. The roles of coach and coachee are clearly defined. The meeting is calendared, agenda driven, and results oriented. Tasks or action items are identified and followed up on in future sessions.
Informal coaching might look more like a casual meeting over coffee with a napkin talk or a short phone call to touch base and offer support. The meeting takes place as needed, there's no predetermined agenda, and the primary objective to further build trust, care, and help.
Your coach will meet with you for one hour twice per month for six months. Access to online articles and videos. Perfect for entrepreneurs, small business owners, executive directors who know they need help.
Your coach will meet with you for one hour every week for six months. Access to online articles and videos. Invitation to once a month group coaching call with Jim. Bonus email and text support.
Your coach-mentor will meet with you for one hour every week for six months, coach you through assessments such as your Birkman Report, and provide email and text support. Access to online articles and videos. Invitation to once a month group coaching call. This is your hand holding and risk reducing, most bang for you buck option.