Frequently Asked Questions

Coaching is partnering with an individual in their personal or professional growth and development. It is defined by the client, in a creative, thought provoking process with a focus on accountability.

History of coaching-Coaching has been used by athletes, politicians, beauty pageant contestants, and biblical figures.

Coaching statistics-When asked the value of the coaching investment, 99% of coaching clients said their investment in a coach was well worth the money. (Excerpt from International Coaching Federation’s (ICF) Client Survey)

What isn’t a Coach? A coach is not a counselor, therapist, psychologist, social worker, or psychiatrist.

What is a Coach? A coach is an accountability partner, strategic partner, and a provider of perspective.

How is coaching different from mentoring? 

A mentor serves to share expertise and is essentially a teacher.

A coach serves to develop expertise and is essentially a facilitator.

A mentor talks and a coach listens.

A mentor gives advice and a coach asks questions.

A mentor focuses the conversation on their own experience and a coach focuses the conversation on enhancing the skills and outcomes for the other person.

A mentor is the expert with the answers and a coach is the expert at eliciting the answers from the person doing the work.

In the workplace, both approaches provide value.  A mentor adds value by sharing their experiences, connections, and wisdom.  A coach adds value by engaging the other person to explore their options, expand their thinking, develop effective action plans, and follow through. Coach Cathy from Center for Coaching Certification


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