FAQs

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What is personal development?

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Personal development is a lifelong process. It’s a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life, and set goals in order to realize and maximize their potential.

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What is the history of personal coaching?

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Historically, coaching has been well known as a corporate perk for executives. As coaching is becoming more mainstream, the market continues to grow and the demand and visibility of coaching continues to rise as more and more individuals are looking to create a more fulfilling life, find balance or achieve a sharper competitive edge. The world is changing quickly. The traditional family structure is breaking down, and the boomers are getting older. More and more people are feeling overwhelmed and looking for greater purpose and guidance on their life journey.

Coaching is a profession which requires an investment of learning, time, and capital to achieve desired outcomes. According to a survey conducted by the International Coach Federation, 98.5% of the clients surveyed said their investment in a coach was well worth the money and 94% believed coaching was here to stay as a viable, emerging profession. Coaching is an emerging industry with many untapped markets, and trained coaches are getting results that speak for themselves.

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What is Co-Active Coaching?

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Co-Active Coaching  is a dynamic relationship in which the coach and client work together to help the client access and unlock their core strengths and talents in order to realize their fullest potential.  Here is the Co-Active Coaching Model.

Co-Active Coaching creates a transformative change in the way coaches and clients relate to and work with each other.  Co-Active Coaching inspires people to:

  • feel engaged in and passionate about their life and work
  • see the good
  • get curious
  • create interactions unlike any other
  • become visionary
  • feel more alive
  • connect deeply to others
  • give real meaning to their lives
  • think much bigger
  • become great leaders and make a difference

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What is the science behind coaching?

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“Once it fires, it wires! New discoveries in the field of neuroscience are being made every day and some of the most exciting are those that involve the phenomena of “neuroplasticity”. ”Neuroplasticity” is the ability to rewire our brains at any age. Coaches take advantage of “neuroplasticity” and other mechanisms in order to help their clients bring mindful attention to creating new habits and beliefs and thus form new neural pathways. For example, when a coach and client try out new perspectives, a new neural connection fires. And once it fires and this wires a new pathway and connection. With homework, inquiries, and support, the coach reinforces this new pathway in the client until it becomes automatic, integrated, and embodied. “

Coaching with the Brain in Mind, David Rock and Linda Page, Ph.D.

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What is the difference between therapy, coaching, and consulting?

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Therapy generally deals with people who have emotional/behavioral problems and disruptive situations. It seeks to bring the client to normal function by focusing on dysfunction. The primary focus is on healing.

Coaching on the other hand deals with functional people who want to move toward higher functioning, so that they can achieve excellence and create an extraordinary, well-lived life. The primary focus is on amplifying and using ones potential. Healing is often a side effect.

To better understand what Coaching is, let’s look at what it isn’t.
Coaching is not therapy. Traditional therapy tends to focus on the past with the aim of diagnosing and “treating.” Coaching is focused on who and how the client is right now with the aim of using this as a starting point for determining how best to get to where the client wants to be or to go. Coaching comes from the perspective that the client is already capable and functional.

Coaching is not consulting. Consulting assumes that the client doesn’t have the answers and therefore needs information or training. Coaching starts from the perspective that the client is naturally creative, resourceful, and whole, and therefore is fully capable. Where a consultant will fix a problem once, it doesn’t equip the client to handle future challenges. Coaching aims to help the client access their own resources, so that they’re prepared to pursue their goals and face challenges with confidence.

The best way to understand and appreciate what coaching is, is to experience it! Contact us and request a 30 minute complimentary coaching session. Our coaching spot light is ready for you!

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How long does a coach work with an individual?

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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 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.

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How confidential is coaching?

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Your privacy is guaranteed. In keeping with our professional integrity and the ICF Code of Ethics, our work is absolutely confidential.