Here are some of the most frequently asked questionsContemplation

Why use a professional coach/mentor/facilitator?

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, says in this short clip that “Everyone needs a coach”.  The pragmatic benefits include time dedicated to you, a sounding board to be heard, a mirror to reflect your behaviours, and observe your blind spots is invaluable.  (See more at What can I do for you?) I like to take it one step further as I recall the words of my first coach, “Everyone deserves a coach”.  For me, this presupposes that everyone is valuable, worthy of the investment of development, and has something unique to offer as they expand into their potential.

What kind are you?

What I ‘do’ can be given lots of different labels.  The one I like best for my work is “Presence-Based”.  The focus is all on you in that moment, which is where your true power lies to both be and do, for your greatest presence and influence.  This I do with leaders across business, sport and social enterprise.  In a nutshell, if you consider yourself a leader with a story to tell – including all the highs and lows of the journey – I choose my greatest influence to be to guide you shoulder-to-shoulder through that process.

How does it work?

We agree what is the most beneficial environment and context for us to work together on what’s most important for you in your life and leadership right now.  We do it through a relationship of trust, commitment and open dialogue.

What is the difference between coaching and mentoring and consulting?

Mentoring, consulting and coaching each have their unique value; and they are not the same thing.

Mentor was a friend of Odysseus, king of Ithaca in ancient Greece. Before leaving for the Trojan War, Odysseus asked his friend to watch over his son Telemachus. Mentor acted as a surrogate father, introduced Telemachus to the counsel of elders and helped him make an appeal for the ships he desired.  As a respected member of the community, Mentor used his experience, his wisdom and his influence to directly assist Telemachus and to intervene on his behalf.

Consultant is derived from the Latin word ‘consulere’, meaning “take counsel.” It implies a provider of expertise and advice. While popular use of the term consultant has broadened, it still implies an individual or firm with a specific expertise or solution to a specific problem. The usual expectation from a company hiring a consultant is that the consultant will take accountability for the design and often implementation of a solution to a specific challenge.

Coach has a more complex history. While the roots include the familiar athletics coach or tutor, the fundamental source for the word is the Hungarian word kocsi. The word is derived from the name of a town Kocs where ornate specialized wagons were made. Kocsi had common usage as a tool or resource for making transition, journey or task easier. While it may be a stretch from 16th century Hungarian, it is not a bad guideline for coaching today.

– Barry Goldberg, ICF Vice Chair

Do you know about my sector?

I’ve worked with different individuals and companies throughout my career and have collated a random spread of knowledge and experience, so I may well do.  However, it really doesn’t matter whether I know about what you know.  Often no prior knowledge can be an advantage.  It means viewing something from an entirely fresh perspective, which can mean writing about it in a fresh way.  What matters is that I can help you get the clarity you need to take the next right action.

How much will it cost?

The cost depends on each individual poject/programme.  Considerations may include the type of personality, existing challenges, availability, desired rate of change and momentum… All that said, a typical ‘package’ for 1-1 development would be 7 sessions over 3-6 months, to include profiling and coaching.  For teams and business, this is more likely to be an Action Learning workshop or series of workshops.  Naturally, for leadership teams, both often work in parallel as part of an integrated solution.

Do we need to meet?

Never a bad thing for a relationship to get it started!  Again, it’s down to personal preference and I also work with clients that I have never met face-to-face and never needed to.

QuestionsDo I need to do anything in advance?

Not in advance of picking up the phone and starting a conversation.  In advance of us working together, there will be certain tasks to complete and questions to consider to get the ball rolling, all to get you to start thinking and feeling in a more focused fashion on you and how to get the most out of the process.  Naturally, there will also be goals during the coaching as stepping stones to building momentum, practising and integrating new behaviours, and fulfilling your visions and desires.

What about….?

If in doubt, please always ask.  If you’ve got questions that I’ve not covered here, or you’d like to find out more about how I work and how I could help you, please do get in touch.

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