What is business coaching?
Business coaching is a short-term intervention designed to help individuals who are stuck, unfulfilled, underperforming or in crisis in their professional life, or who simply want to take their career or business to the next level. This is accomplished through a collaborative process of assessment, decision making, goal setting and goal attainment. In each session, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client toward action. Coaching accelerates the client’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where the client is now and what s/he will need to do to get where s/he wants to be in the future.
What are common outcomes of business coaching?
Although results vary depending on the agenda of individual clients, general outcome include:
- Reduction in emotional blocks and self-sabotaging behavior
- Greater self-awareness and clarity of purpose
- Better time and task management, and organizational skills
- More results-oriented planning and decision making
- Enhanced motivation and productivity
- Increased income
- More balance between personal and professional endeavors
- Improved inter-personal communication skills
- Greater overall fulfillment
What is the role of a business coach?
1. To assist with skill development, business projects, or other professional, academic, and personal goals.
2. To serve as a partner to discuss and solve confidential issues and challenges.
3. To understand a client’s agenda and focus on his or her vision and goals when other distractions interfere with intention.
4. To facilitate goal achievement by clarifying values, brainstorming, developing action plans, examining modes of operation, making requests, providing structure, and holding clients accountable.
Who can benefit from business coaching?
I am particularly interested in, but certainly not limited to, working with the following types of clients in my business coaching practice:
- Business and social entrepreneurs starting or expanding a small business, not-for-profit agency, or other community-based organization
- Salespeople underperforming their sales goals
- New and established inventors
- People in or contemplating a career transition
- Stay-at-home mothers and fathers preparing to re-enter the workforce
- People in early recovery from substance abuse addiction and/or alcoholism, endeavoring to re-enter the workforce
- Un- and underemployed clients, including, but not limited to, fine and performing artists, seeking employment or to increase earnings in their chosen profession
- Recent high school graduates and dropouts seeking to enter the workforce
- Recent college graduates and dropouts seeking to enter the workforce
What strategies do you use during a typical business coaching session?
- I ask provocative questions
- I communicate in a very direct manner, providing feedback, requests and challenges
- I encourage my clients to stretch beyond their comfort zone
- I help my clients to learn, practice, and sustain new habits
- I assist my clients in expanding their capacity for creative thinking and action taking
- I create and maintain an environment that is safe for my client to take risks
- I keep all discussions with my client strictly confidential
- I refer my clients to other qualified professionals, as necessary and appropriate
What do you expect from your clients?
- To be honest and trusting
- To be as open-minded as possible
- To think and act creatively
- To be as receptive to change as possible
- To be as positive and self-confident as possible
- To be willing to take risks
- To be as action-oriented as possible
- To complete all assignments
- To own the coaching relationship by telling me what is working and not working in the coaching sessions
How long would you be my business coach?
It depends upon your needs and preferences, but typically I work with clients intensively for a minimum of 3 months and then transition to periodic coaching on an as-needed basis.