What is executive coaching?

Executive coaching is a specialized form of coaching and one of the fastest growing personal services today. Executive coaches and mentors zero in on the special needs of top level managers, leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals. These needs include such issues as:

  • adapting to changes in your job profile, your industry, or your companymastering the skills required for high level management
  • creating a more effective top-management team
  • building a career without sacrificing a family
  • staying focused on critical issues and priorities
  • balancing the countless demands that compete for your energy
  • maintaining personal growth and fresh perspectives
  • developing a life-plan for the decades beyond retirement

A coach also serves as a confidant, as a “sounding board” outside of the organization. His or her listening ear provides a safe way for executives and entrepreneurs to voice their frustrations, explore their options, and talk though new courses of action. One leading authority on coaching estimates that 80% of America’s high level executives currently have a coach.

How do I know if coaching is right for me?

To determine whether you or your company could benefit from coaching, start by summarizing what you would expect to accomplish in coaching. When an individual or business has a fairly clear idea of the desired outcome, a coaching partnership can be a useful tool for developing a strategy for how to achieve that outcome with greater ease.

Since coaching is a partnership, ask yourself whether collaboration, other viewpoints, and new perspectives are valued. Also, ask yourself whether you or your business is ready to devote the time and the energy to making real changes. If the answer is yes, then coaching may be a beneficial way to grow and develop.

Fees for coaching are variable based on a variety of factors, including:

  • The frequency of your coaching.
  • The length of your coaching sessions.
  • Whether sessions are in person, by phone, or email
  • Whether the coaching is part of a larger consulting contract
  • Whether we are coaching several people during a single visit to a location.

In general, coaching for mid-level executives is comparable to the investment you make for top-flight legal counsel. Many coaches charge an hourly fee, and we will do so, as well, if corporate policy or other considerations dictate it.

Our preference, however, is to set a negotiated flat fee for the term of the coaching engagement. This way you know the total cost of your coaching up front, before we begin. For this fee you are entitled to our services as often as necessary to achieve your coaching goals, including phone and email contacts between sessions.

If a company contracts with us to provide coaching for two or more people, discounts are available. We also have a discounted fee schedule for non-profits and government agencies on restricted budgets.

Who is a good candidate for executive coaching?

Coaching is about change. So the short answer is, coaching is for people who are ready for change — whether a change in effectiveness, a change in their quality of life, or a change in direction for their organization. Executive coaching is for men and women who are outcome-oriented and who are ready to accept full responsibility for effecting the outcomes they desire. While we specialize in coaching successful professionals, top-level executives, and entrepreneurs, any manager or executive, whatever the stage of his or her career, can profit from having a personal coach.

How long does a coaching relationship last?

There is no set answer to that question, since executive coaching is tailor-made to each person’s needs. Many people retain a coach for a short duration (perhaps three to six months) to work on a specific, limited challenge. Others partner with a coach for years, perhaps to work through a variety of issues or to complete a protracted initiative.

Whether the scope of issues is limited or extensive, the goal of coaching is to move forward expeditiously. A good coach will prod you constantly to optimize your performance. That’s one reason coaching is so effective. And once people experience that effectiveness, they often make an extended commitment to coaching.

Is coaching the same as therapy/counseling?

No, coaching is not a form of therapy/counseling. The word “therapy” implies a need for healing. Coaching is not about healing, but about building on the health that is already present. While therapy spends a great deal of time delving into the past, coaching is heavily oriented toward the future. Starting with the “here and now,” it looks at where you want to go and helps you pull together the resources to get there.

How is coaching done?

Executive coaching follows a variety of patterns. Some coaching is face to face. Other coaching is by phone and email. Many coaching relationships are a balance of both. Whatever the format, successful coaching calls for extended conversation (typically for 30 to 90 minutes), usually at least twice a month and often weekly. Typically clients chose to conduct coaching sessions via phone or web conference software for their convenience.

Should you want more intensive coaching, two and three hour sessions can be arranged. We can also provide half-day or full-day ” shadowings” in which we are with you as an observer in all your interactions. This allows us to make job-specific recommendations on ways to improve your communication, management, and work habits.

When you work with me, your fee entitles you to contact us between sessions for added counsel at no extra cost.

How much does executive coaching cost?

Fees for coaching are variable based on a variety of factors, including:

  • The frequency of your coaching.
  • The length of your coaching sessions.
  • Whether sessions are in person, by phone, or email
  • Whether the coaching is part of a larger consulting contract
  • Whether we are coaching several people during a single visit to a location.

In general, coaching for mid-level executives is comparable to the investment you make for top-flight legal counsel. Many coaches charge an hourly fee, and we will do so, as well, if corporate policy or other considerations dictate it.

Our preference, however, is to set a negotiated flat fee for the term of the coaching engagement. This way you know the total cost of your coaching up front, before we begin. For this fee you are entitled to our services as often as necessary to achieve your coaching goals, including phone and email contacts between sessions.

If a company contracts with us to provide coaching for two or more people, discounts are available. We also have a discounted fee schedule for non-profits and government agencies on restricted budgets.

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