What is Leadership Coaching?
You’re already a leader.
Coaching will take you beyond your status quo.
Strategic, engaging conversations…
…Lasting 1 hour or less…
…Using powerful questions…
…That bring clarity and insight…
…And create a focused plan of action
With Leadership Coaching
- Focus on what’s most important
- Become aware of your blind spots
- Achieve more, with better results
- Learn and develop as a leader and a person
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My Client’s Comments About Coaching
“The biggest impact has been teaching me to look at things from different perspectives. Once you allow yourself to become teachable, coaching opens several different doors.”
“I come away from coaching conversations feeling confident in the direction I need to take. I know what my next step needs to be.”
“Coaching helps you focus on what’s important to you, be accountable, take actionable steps toward improvement and ultimately to get better.”
“Rather than looking at my business and developing systems for me, Damian taught me how to assess obstacles and efficiently problem solve. This resulted in a dynamic and profitable change in my business.”
“I can explore things In coaching that I can’t with anyone else. It’s a place where I’m free to unpack ideas, challenges, issues and concerns. I can understand how everything fits without disrupting my business relationships or operation.”
“Coaching is a partnership. I feel like I have someone I can partner with on my purpose and important plans.”
The Bottom Line on Coaching
Wondering about the value of coaching?
Consider what these studies have found…
Median coaching ROI
Median coaching ROI1
The avg return on every $1 invested on executive coaching2
CEOs who get no outside advice on their leadership skills3
Productivity increases from executive coaching4
Executives with improved relationships with direct reports4
Executives with increased job satisfaction4
- ICF Global Coaching Client Study, Executive Summary, April 2009, in consultation with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Association Resource Centre, Inc.
- MetrixGlobal, “The ROI of Executive Coaching”, in Coaching For Extraordinary Results, Alexandria, VA: ASTD Publications, 2003.
- Stanford University/The Miles Group, “2013 Executive Coaching Survey”, 2013.
- Manchester, Inc., 2001.
What happens in a coaching session?
A typical coaching session is an hour or less. Usually, we’ll identify the focus for the conversation in advance: like a goal to achieve, a challenge to overcome, a strategy to create or an area of personal/professional development. I’ll ask questions to unlock your goals, priorities and best practices. Each client and coaching topic varies, but clients usually come away with clarity about what to do and how to approach it, as well as greater confidence, engagement, focus and efficiency. Frequently, clients discover things weren’t aware of, such as hidden attitudes, assumptions, apprehensions or concerns—even hidden motivations.
Where are the coaching sessions held?
Coaching sessions are held wherever the client is most comfortable: in person, in a video conference or audio call. Most of my clients prefer the video or phone options because they are less disruptive.
How often would we meet, and for how long?
The frequency and duration of the coaching engagement is driven by the client’s topic, but are typically weekly or bi-weekly. Some topics are more urgent (e.g. preparing for an upcoming event), while others are best suited for spreading the sessions out (e.g. developing a leadership behavior). A typical, first-time coaching engagement is usually between 4-6 weeks.
If you haven’t been in my role before, how can you coach me?
Great question! The coaching process is built around asking great questions, not providing great answers—which is what consultants provide. That said, it is important that I understand your role so I know how to ask insightful, relevant questions. I’m confident the variety of experience and clients I’ve had will position me well to guide you through the coaching process.
Isn’t coaching for poor performers?
That’s a common misperception. Coaching can help anyone, but it is actually most effective on people who are currently performing well in their roles and are looking to take their performance to the next level.
What are your coaching fees?
The fees vary depending on the topic and length of engagement. A proposal will be provided after we our initial conversation identifying your coaching topic(s).
What if coaching doesn’t work for me?
I’ve learned to effectively coach a wide variety of people. However, for coaching to work we must be able to “click”—and sometimes it just doesn’t happen. That’s why we offer the first session for free, and we don’t move ahead unless you’re comfortable. Also, if at any point you don’t feel the coaching is returning value to you, we will cancel the remaining sessions in the agreement.
How is coaching different from other professional services?
Consultants provide specialized expertise and counsel in a given area of need. It may be helpful to see consultancy as the process of diagnosis of problems and prescription of solutions.
Coaching takes the approach that the client is the expert in bringing about their own solutions. Occasionally I will provide resources or expertise in my areas of specialty: Leadership/management principles and behaviors, personal and professional development, personality and temperament, communication and spirituality. However, I only do this when 1) it’s requested by my clients, and 2) it’s clear that information or resources are helpful to achieving the client’s goal.
Therapists usually focus on resolving difficulties arising from the past which hamper an individual’s functioning in the present. They are competent in dealing with healing issues of pain, dysfunction, conflict and emotional or psychological health.
In contrast, coaching is more oriented toward the future and creating actionable strategies and achieving specific goals. While emotions or feelings may become evident in coaching, the focus is primarily about alignment toward action, accountability and follow through.
Is it important to work with a certified/credentialed coach?
Yes! The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the preeminent coaching certification body in the world. It has strict competency levels, ethical guidelines and requirements for its practicing members and credentialed coaches. Any time you see the ICF logo by a credentialed coach you can be confident they are capable and experienced.
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