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Do I really need a coach? Can't I do this on my own? Or... Isn't this something we, as a company, can do on our own?
Why do the most gifted athletes in the World still have a coach? If you ask them, they'll say a coach keeps them focused and allows them to concentrate on what they do best. A coach comes in and helps draw the map to where you want to be based on company assessments, personal interviews, group discussions, and internal research. If you prefer, think of a coach as air traffic control and you're the pilot navigating the plane. You will get there faster, safer, more securely with a coach.
I don't feel comfortable revealing myself or my company to an "outsider"?
Hiring a coach is no different than hiring a tax accountant, a lawyer, or a consultant. We have a signed confidentiality agreement between the parties involved, the coach and client. I never discuss your affairs, challenges or success with another human being. Many of my clients feel it is safer working with a "trained" coach than their most well intentioned colleague or best friend.
Does Coaching take a lot of time?
Programs are set on your schedule and time frame. I can meet with you and/or your team once a month, or every week. I can attend strategy planning weekends, sales training events, or team development retreats. Coaching is based on your corporate and personal objectives and can be adjusted to fit your needs.
Do you get into personal coaching, too?
Yes. In fact many times, executives see the benefits of coaching within their company and want to improve the quality in their own personal lives. Or, some companies recognize that key executives might benefit from a success coach to keep them from "burning out". I'm available to assist with reaching personal goals such as time management, relationship building, fiscal growth, and getting what you truly want out of life.
Am I obligated to keep up with the coaching?
No. Again, coaching is based on your corporate/individual objectives. It can be a life long process or intermittently. However, companies and individuals often find that because "change is constant"... it's always beneficial to have a coach available.
How does the coaching process work?
A phone call is all it takes to start. Our initial consultation is complimentary. During our first initial contacts, we'll discuss your challenges and what you would like to achieve from our sessions. We'll also make sure I'm the right coach for you. After all, my goal is the same as yours to bring continued success and prosperity to your personal and professional life. When you determine that you would like to start, we'll set up a program that's right for you.
Why should I hire Motive Coaching and not another coaching service?
This is good question and one I hope you take seriously. There are all kinds of coaches with specialties in all areas. In fact, I use a personal coach myself. My specialty is focused on small business, people, systems and their organizations. I have been for the past 20 years and currently a business owner, I bring a qualified perspective to the front. I understand the challenges of decision-makers and their operations. I have existing knowledge and resources that don't just come from observing others. We bring the solutions to life. My life and professional experience sets me apart from other success coaches. Whether you choose my expertise or not, if you believe a coach will benefit your situation hire the right one. You will be glad you did.
How is coaching different from...
...consulting? Coaching is a form of consulting. However, the coach stays with the client to help implement the new skills, changes and goals to make sure they really happen.
...therapy? Coaching is not therapy. We don't work on "issues" or get into the past. We leave that up to the client to know and figure out while we help them move forward and set personal and professional goals that will give them the life they really want. Therapy is about helping people become functional; coaching is about helping functional people move to the next step in life
...sports coaching? Coaching includes several principles from sports coaching, like teamwork, going for the goal, being your best. But unlike sports coaching, most professional coaching is not competition or win/lose based. We strengthen the client's skills vs. help them beat the other team (or person). It is win/win.
...a best friend? A best friend is wonderful to have. But is your best friend a professional who you will trust to advise you on the most important aspects of your life and/or business? Have a best friend and a coach.
What is the basic philosophy of coaching?
Simply put, we humans have life references that unfortunately put blinders to possible opportunities that could allow us to discover what we really want. We can get what we want faster and easier by having a coach that will keep us focused and held accountable.
Why is coaching becoming so popular?
Coaching is becoming popular for several reasons:
Please, give me some context about coaching...
A personal coach does just what an athletic coach or music teacher does, only in a more complete and bigger way. A coach challenges you and takes the time to find out what "winning in life" means to you. A coach is your partner in living the life you know you can accomplish, personally and professionally. A coach is someone to hold you accountable for your life, to make sure you really do live up to your potential.
No matter where you are in life, there is always a desire for more. More success, more money, closer relationships, a deeper feeling of meaning in life, etc. It is the nature of people to want to attain more, become more, be more, and we all struggle with how to get what we're looking for.
Most people believe that "hard work and doing it on your own" are the keys to finding the life, success, money, or happiness that they seek. They believe that a price must be paid to attain what they want, and often that price is poor health, not having enough time to enjoy life, strained family relationships or lessened productivity. The saddest part is that, even though this effort may result in more of something, it is often not the something you had in mind, and you are back where you started... or worse, further from your real intentions.
Athletes and performers know about this trap. They know they need someone else, a trained person to help them set goals, discover real needs, and work effectively toward ultimate goals of excellence. So, they are willing to hire a coach or a teacher. No serious athlete or musician would expect to progress very far without one.
What about people who are already doing great in their lives. Why would they need a coach?
They might not need a coach. However, most people or businesses know there are areas that could use improvement. Because coaching is based around your needs and objectives, one can always just use coaching for special projects.
Can a dependency be created between coach and client?
No. The coach-client relationship is built on a mutual, trusting foundation. The client will find that they desire a coach in order to improve or maximize growth. That's no different than an athlete hiring a coach to improve their game and keep them focused.
Can coaching hurt someone?
No, we don't do psychological work. If we sense that issues or challenges are beyond the scope of normal coaching, we will recommend a healthy alternative. We are trained and skilled to improve your life, not hinder it. We are partners for your success.
Can I hire a coach just for a short-term, special project?
Certainly. This is often a great way to test the waters. Many times clients hire a coach to help them accomplish specific goals or projects. Usually, however, the client keeps working with the coach after that because there are even more interesting life projects to accomplish.
How long must I commit if I start working with a coach?
Most coaches ask for a three-month commitment but usually let you stop immediately if coaching is not working for you right now. Some coaches ask for a written agreement or contract. For the corporate client, a signed agreement is simply good business. Please understand when the Coach does not feel the relationship (fit) with the client, the Coach will recommend other Coaches that he/she feels a more suitable partnership.