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Time to think, tailored to each customer:
helps people think outside the box
.... but doesn't come out of one
Everyone has individual circumstances, but working with a coach typically involves some or all of these:
having a safe place to offload gaining fresh perspectives on your issues
developing the strengths you already have discovering and developing new strengths and skills
gaining insight into yourself and people you work with positive, confidential listening ... and challenge!
In practical terms, you can get the following:
timespan - a month to a year, as it suits you
format - face-to-face, with phone or Skype options
approach - explore a (usually) work issue, generate solutions, agree actions
ownership - shared between both parties, a collaborative alliance
ambiguity - seen as a challenge; a 'problem' doesn't always yield to quick solutions
outcomes - goal directed, positive, creative; aiming for independence, not dependence.
Choosing the 'right' coach for you is a matter of: 1 personal rapport and trust which builds over time; 2 your preferences about the kind of coach you want, and 3 a coach with the appropriate skills and qualities. This site will help you guage ours. Sometimes the development potential for coaching can be higher when matched for difference, than when matched for similarity.
Key assets for doing good coaching as well as rapport, listening and questioning are: analytical skills, ability to understand your sector, and preferably a wide and deep knowledge about leadership.