FAQ

What is coaching?

Coaching vs. therapy, consulting, mentoring, training and athletic coaching

Is coaching right for me?

How much does it cost?

How long does it take?

What’s your success rate?

 


What is coaching?

It is a partnership between a coach and a client (or a coach and a team of people) to

  • Clarify desires and define outcomes
  • Create a plan to achieve the outcomes
  • Overcome obstacles
  • Hold the client accountable
  • Brainstorm, provide resources, act as an advocate and cheerleader

Coaching vs. therapy, consulting, mentoring, training and athletic coaching

Coaching

  • An expert on getting you into action about what’s important to you
  • Coaching creates actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one’s work and/or personal life.
  • Interactions are forward moving and future focused.
  • Action and accountability are emphasized.
  • The focus is on identifying opportunity for development based on individual strengths and capabilities.
  • A coach will not tell you what to do, or give you their advice or opinion.

Therapy

  • An expert on sorting out your feelings
  • Deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or a relationship between two or more individuals.
  • The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past which hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present
  • Looks to improve overall psychological functioning.
  • Seeks to deal with present life and work circumstances in more emotionally healthy ways
  • Therapy outcomes often include improved emotional/feeling states

Consulting

  • An expert on how to fix or improve your situation
  • Consultants may be retained by individuals or organizations for the purpose of accessing specialized expertise
  • Diagnoses problems and prescribes – and sometimes implements – solutions
  • The assumption is when you hire a consultant, you do so because they know the answer and will tell you what to do

Mentoring

  • An expert on how to travel down a particular path and it’s pitfalls
  • Mentoring is guiding or sharing from one’s own experience in a specific area of industry or career development
  • More personal stories, advice; someone who has “been there, done that” and is willing to show you the ropes, let you benefit from their journey to enhance yours and help you find your way

Training

  • An expert on teaching you what to do
  • Training programs are based on the acquisition of certain learning objectives as set out by the trainer or instructor in conjunction with the individual or team being coached.
  • Training assumes a linear learning path which coincides with an established curriculum.

Athletic Coaching

  • An expert at maximizing your efforts in order to perform at your peak
  • Though sports metaphors are often used, professional coaching is different from the traditional sports coach
  • The athletic coach is often seen as an expert who guides and directs the behavior of individuals or teams based on his or her greater experience and knowledge
  • It is the experience and knowledge of the individual or team that determines the direction of the coaching relationship and focus. Athletic development focuses on behaviors that are being executed poorly or incorrectly

Bicycle analogy

  • Therapy
    • Asks about your relationship to the bike, how you feel about the bike, help you overcome any issues and past experiences with the bike
    • Would put training wheels on the bike and run along side it and hang on to it to support you
  • Consulting
    • Asks what kind of bike you want, then gives you the blueprints on how to build it
    • Shows you the bike, explains how to ride it, then either sets you off on your own for you to ride it, or will ride it for you
  • Coaching
    • Helps you determine the best bike for you and all the aspects of your interactions with the bike; your ideal bike picture
    • Runs along side you as you ride the bike, giving encouragement, resources, ideas and overall support as you go

Is coaching right for me?

If you are ready to make changes in your business and your life, then coaching may be just the ticket.  Its action oriented and allows you to focus on yourself and your goals.  You’ll face challenges and obstacles that may have held you back in the past, and through coaching you find new ways of working and being in the world.  If you’re not afraid of some self reflection and taking action on what’s important to you, coaching will likely be a good fit.

It’s interesting to note that many who work with me already have great lives, and they are seeking to go to whatever their next level is.  It’s not “fixing” something that’s broken, but more like “tweaking” what’s present to make it even better.

How much does it cost?

The cost varies depending on what type of work we decide to do together and how long our working relationship lasts.  You can learn more by checking out your Coaching Options here.

How long does it take?

As your coach I am a catalyst and therefore not meant to be around forever.  We’ll determine what you’d like to accomplish and create a plan to follow; the time frame is entirely dependent on how big your goal is, what obstacles we meet along the way, and how much time you have to devote to the process.  Having said that, my clients stay an average of 6 – 12 months.

What’s your success rate?

Sometimes I’m asked what my success rate is, which is an interesting question, because it’s not actually up to me.  You and I are in a partnership, so your success depends on us working together closely and communicating often about how the coaching is working for you.  Along the way we make any adjustments necessary to continue on the path to your goal with as much speed, ease, and clarity as possible.  As much as I wish I had a crystal ball or the teacher’s manual, coaching doesn’t work that way.  We make a plan, work the plan, and revise the plan as needed – taking action is up to you.

Read on to see what clients are saying about working with Kristine: Testimonials

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