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Coaching Services: Life Coaching and Executive Coaching

What is a coach?

A coach is a qualified professional who works with individuals to help them gain self-awareness, clarify goals, achieve their development objectives and unlock their potential.  They act as a questioning sounding board.

You may have come across terms such as life coaching or executive coaching.  The basic approach is the same but executive coaching tends to focus on an individual’s professional performance and life coaching on the more personal aspects life.  Executive coaching often includes looking at leadership skills and discussions to support or make decisions about promotion or career progression.

A coach is not a counsellor or a therapist (although many are qualified counsellors or therapists).  The aim is not to give advice or solve your problems but instead a coach asks questions to help their clients clarify and solve their own problems.

What to expect from a coaching

To start with, a coach will get to know you and identify what it is you want to work on in the sessions.

The coach is not a subject expert.  They don’t need to know about your specialism in order to help you.

They will ask lots of questions and challenge assumptions to help you achieve clarity and self -awareness, and unlock your potential.

The frequency of sessions is variable; sometimes you might meet monthly, sometimes weekly,  and potentially only a few times so it can be a short but effective, focused intervention.

A life coach won’t tell you what to do but what they will do is provide an objective and empowering environment, rather than instruction or indoctrination.

The key skill of coaching is asking the right questions to help the individual work through their own issues. Coaching involves the belief that the individual has the answers to their own problems within them.