What is Coaching?

Coaching involves a relationship built on trust and mutual respect. It is an alliance that is designed by you and your coach for the purpose of helping you realize your full potential. Coaching helps you identify goals and, at its best, is a very collaborative journey to achieving those goals.


A coaching relationship involves structured conversations, or coaching sessions, that include:

  • Being listened to actively and deeply
  • Being asked powerful questions to prompt new insights
  • Generating options and expanding possibilities for decision making
  • Identifying and avoiding obstacles to your progress
  • Focusing on forward progress and being action oriented


In coaching sessions, you will be encouraged to look at your situations from a different perspective and to be willing to act differently as you gain new insights. Your coach’s objective will be to help you get to the point of having confidence and commitment to a line of action that you have identified for yourself.



What You Can Expect of Your Coach

You can expect your coach to:

  • Be honest and have integrity
  • Encourage and support you
  • Give you positive feedback and share relevant best practices
  • Deal with the most difficult issues that are raised and not “step over” anything in the conversation
  • Not offer therapy or counseling and to refer you to a qualified person if such help is needed
  • Hold you accountable to your commitments to the level you wish to be held accountable
  • Come to each coaching session prepared and ready to engage
  • Hold no preconceived ideas, personal assumptions, or judgments about the client
  • Keep in strict confidence everything that is shared in the coaching relationship


A few key points about CONFIDENTIALITY:

  • What is said here stays here, except where specific permission has been granted
  • Notes are kept private
  • The fact of a coaching relationship is confidential
  • Coaching confidentiality is limited to terms of law
  • Records (name and hours only) shared with ICF for accreditation purposes only


What Your Coach Expects from You

As a person striving to be your best you are expected to:

  • Come to each session ready to focus and move forward
  • Follow through and complete actions that you set for yourself
  • Honor time commitments (keep appointments, call on time, and end calls on time)
  • Bring a 100% commitment to the coaching relationship and process
  • Be honest, authentic, and open
  • Be coachable in that you are willing to take action and experience transition
  • Give feedback on the coaching process
  • Honor the coaching relationship, the coach, and yourself

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