Coaching leaders, nonprofit boards and individuals to align purpose, passion and performance
Most of us think of a coach as someone who helps athletes, dancers and musicians perform at their peak. In the same way, a coach helps each of us achieve our best in our work and our daily life.
In their book, Managing Effort: Getting Results, John Marshall and Bob McHardy tell us that personal growth is grounded in "an imaginative grasp of some new possibility and in the formation of a new personal objective." Coaches help people tap into the sense of possibility and then act on it. Coaches help their clients work from the inside out, from their truth and their passion. The "work" is up to the individual. The coach facilitates the process. The coach must be able to listen well and ask good questions, challenge assumptions at times, reinforce progress and join in celebrating personal victories.
The role of coach differs from the role of consultant. A consultant is an expert in a given field who is brought in to analyze a problem and deliver a solution. In contrast, a coach is an expert in listening who helps individuals or teams solve their own problems. The coach does not need to be an expert in the client's particular field in order to ask the questions that help the client break through to new awareness and commit to action.
Like athletes and artists, most leaders who retain a coach do so because they want to move from good to great. Most individuals who seek a coach do so because they want help through a difficult transition, or they simply want more out of their lives.
Are you ready for a coach?
If you want to step up to the next level of your leadership at work or in your community, go to Executive Coaching.
If you want step into the fullness of your personal life, go to Life Coaching.