1. What is coaching?
Coaching is defined by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole.
2. How will coaching help me?
Coaches help clients:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what they want to achieve
- Encourage their own self-discovery
- Elicit their own generated solutions and strategies
- Be responsible and accountable for their own life choices
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.
3. What issues can I work with in coaching sessions?
Any professional or even personal issues that gets in your way of reaching your own definition of a successful, meaningful and fulfilling life can enter the coaching room.
Typical issues that we can work with through coaching:
- Changing career path
- Finding a new job
- Improving performance
- Giving and receiving feedback effectively
- Improving communication skills
- Acquiring interview skills
- Dealing with personal and professional relationship issues
- Working with difficult people
- Understanding the organizational system one works in
- Gaining self-awareness and personal mastery
- Improving leadership skills
- Removing blocks to creativity
- Delegating tasks
- Facilitating teams and meetings
- Effective Time Management
- Dealing with Stress
- Developing the entrepreneurial mindset
- Finding the right balance for you between personal and professional life.
Any issue that comes up can be negotiated with the coach. If the coach is not the suitable person for dealing with a specific issue, for example on an issue that has to do with your personal childhood history (i.e. therapeutic issue) or is of a different nature (e.g. accounting problem), he will refer you to the right professional for dealing with that.
4. How does coaching work?
Coaching usually begins with a personal interview or call in order to assess the individual’s or business’ current opportunities and challenges, define the scope of the relationship, identify priorities for action and establish specific desired outcomes. Once the contract of the coaching is established, coach and coachee work together towards the goals they have set and meet typically once a week or in any other arrangement that suits their schedule. The duration of the coaching relationship varies depending on needs and preferences but it usually extends to at least 3 months and can last for many years depending on the needs of the client.
5. I booked a session. What can I expect?
You will either come to my office or we will meet through Skype. Other arrangements are also negotiable (i.e. meeting at your office). We will have either set an agenda prior to the meeting by e-mail or do so during our meeting / call. The agenda will include your desired goals and issues you wish to resolve and any blocks that are currently in your professional way or in your life. I will briefly explain how coaching works and will allow you to set the ground so that we can establish our contact. I will possibly propose some exercises/experiments as we are working, while at the same time, I might propose some additional actions till next time so that you move closer to your personal goals. You are solely responsible for either taking up the challenges or not and saying what you feel comfortable with. We are trying to establish a meaningful relationship that will guide you through any trials, obstacles and life issues you are facing.
I will also give you a personal agreement which sets the responsibilities of my side and your side as well. It will have payments that need to be made and we will add an annex to this agreement with your desired goals. This will help us in the assessment and progress of our relationship and will also act as a roadmap. Responsibilities will set clear boundaries for the relationship and what you can expect (and what you cannot) from this coaching practice.
6. I see that you write Gestalt Coaching in your categories in the website. What is the difference between coaching and Gestalt coaching?
The main differences are the following:
a. the educational background of the coach who has typically finished a 3 or 4-year training programme on Gestalt Organizational Practice.
b. the focus of interest is the contact of the coachee with his environment and an important part of the work is to cultivate her/his presence.
There are additionally a number of other differences that might not be all relevant to a coachee. You can still check the website and the particular area for more information.
7. How long does the coaching partnership last?
The length of a coaching partnership varies depending on the individual’s or team’s needs and preferences. For certain types of focused coaching, three to six months of working may work. For other types of coaching, people may find it beneficial to work with a coach for a longer period. Factors that may impact the length of time include: the types of goals, the ways individuals or teams prefer to work, the frequency of coaching meetings and financial resources available to support coaching. Successful completion of coaching goals set at the beginning of the meetings is also a reason that fortells the closure of the relationship.
8. Do I need to have a coaching session every week?
Not necessarily. This will be discussed between coach and coachee in the first meeting and a mutual understanding will be reached. Weekly meetings might be more helpful for some goals while one meeting every two weeks might be more helpful for others. And of course, it is largely dependant on the individual and one’s preferred way of working. The coach might make a suggestion which the client will have to consider.