Frequently Asked Questions

About Coaching

What is executive coaching?

Executive coaching supports leaders to become more self-reflective, strengthen their leadership abilities, achieve greater performance and exceed their personal and organizational goals.

Coaching draws from many fields, such as leadership development, psychology, organizational development, peak performance training, and human resources. An effective leadership coach helps clients more clearly see their unique talents, leverage their strengths, and maximize areas of development opportunity.

The foundation of successful coaching is a partnership between coach and client, with the coach facilitating investigation and shifts in thinking, perspectives, and behaviours which allow the client to move forward more intentionally and easily toward their goals.

Read My Hire A Coach Series

My “hiring an executive coach” series will give you more information about executive coaching, and the process of finding the right coach for you:

Is Executive Coaching Right for Me?
Am I Ready for Executive Coaching?
How to Find the Right Executive Coach?

How do I know if coaching is right for me?

Coaching can be a very powerful tool in reaching your personal and organizational goals, but it isn’t the right solution for every situation. Some issues may be better suited for training, consulting, or therapy. In order to maximize your return on your coaching investment, it is also important to be in the right mindset to receive and benefit from coaching.

If you would like to discuss your unique needs, and whether executive coaching would provide you with the benefit you are looking for, please book an introductory call with me.

How is coaching different from consulting?

There is often an element of coaching in consulting, and an element of consulting in coaching, but consultants and coaches play different roles.

Consultants are hired for their specific expertise, and are generally expected to diagnose problems and prescribe and/or implement solutions.

By contrast, a coach will supply supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks to facilitate the development of a solution and action plan in partnership with the client.

You can read more about coaching in comparison to other professions here.

How will I know that coaching was successful?

I am committed to ensuring that you get value from working with me, and that we translate goals into behaviours and actions that create positive and tangible change.

When we start working together, we will talk about your objectives and determine how best to measure the impact of coaching.

At the end of the coaching engagement, we will review your achievements, and I will provide a report summarizing quantifiable results.

Isn't executive coaching designed to help poor performers?

Years ago, executive coaches were hired to “fix” problem leaders. These days, most companies hire coaches as a way to invest in top leaders and high potential talent.

Having a coach has become a status symbol instead of a stigma, and is often presented as a perk to leaders by organizations that utilize coaches as part of their leadership development and succession planning strategy.

Coaches are hired by both organizations and leaders themselves when leaders are newly promoted, facing challenges, or developing for larger roles.

The Coaching Experience

What should I expect from my coaching experience?

Each client is unique, and so is each coaching engagement! Your personalized experience – designed to optimize results – may include the following:

Intake Interview (1 – 2 hours) – assess the opportunities you are bringing to coaching, define the scope of the engagement, identify priorities and establish specific desired outcomes.

Coaching sessions (30 minutes weekly or 1 hour bi-weekly) – Each coaching session will be designed to help you move closer to your goal.

Actions – between coaching sessions, you will complete specific actions that support the achievement of your defined objectives.

Resources – I will provide you with relevant articles, checklists or models to support your thinking and actions.

Assessments – Depending on your needs, I will conduct assessments to assess your behavioural preferences, communication style, strengths and limitations, motivations, or emotional intelligence. Additionally, a narrative 360 assessment could be used to get feedback from key colleagues and managers, and understand the impact you have on you organization.

Wrap-Up – At the end of our engagement we will spend some time looking back at your accomplishments, and discussing how you can move forward.

Results Report – I will provide you with a personalized report detailing your results and defining the return on your investment.

What topics can I discuss with my coach?

You will set the focus of the coaching engagement and coaching sessions, so in short – we will talk about whatever is most important to you!

Coaching can help you to gain self-awareness, clarify goals, achieve development objectives, unlock your potential, and provides you with a sounding board.

Read this article for a list of potential things to discuss with your coach.

How long does the coaching engagement last?

A typical one-on-one coaching engagement runs for six to twelve months. This gives leaders with challenging jobs and schedules enough time to see meaningful and sustainable impact.

I offer a “100-Day Plan” program that provides clients with a process to work toward a more specific goal over a three-month period.

Team effectiveness coaching can vary in length based on the objectives of each team.

In all cases, we will discuss your unique goals and needs, and determine the duration that makes most sense for you.

How often will we meet?

On average, we will meet bi-weekly for sessions of approximately one hour over the course of the engagement. Because there is a lot to do to get started at the beginning of the engagement, the first session will last up to two hours, or can be spread over two more closely-scheduled sessions.

Your work and life won’t plan itself around our coaching schedule. In addition to scheduled sessions, I am available to my clients whenever the need arises, via email, text or telephone between scheduled calls.

Where will my coaching sessions be held?

I meet most of my clients by telephone or video call, as this best accommodates challenging jobs and schedules. We can make coaching happen from wherever you may be.

For clients who prefer to be coached in person, especially during the first few sessions, arrangements can be made.

What if the coaching relationship doesn’t work out?

Trust and chemistry between coach and client is critical for success. If for any reason our relationship isn’t working for you, the engagement can be cancelled with payment on a pro rated basis. If you wish, I am happy to provide a referral to another qualified coach who may be better suited to your needs.

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