How long is an engagement?
Coaching engagements are a minimum of 3 months and usually 6 months in length. The number of sessions vary. In general, the cadence is in-person meetings every other week with shorter phone sessions on off weeks. I am always available for “just in time” coaching at no extra charge.
What kind of time commitment do I need to make?
Coaching sessions last between 30 and 90 minutes. You also need to plan to complete homework outside of the coaching sessions. This could take the form of reading, completing one or more assessments and other small assignments. Most importantly, you’ll want to find time to reflect on the work we are doing together and what impact it has on you both professionally and personally. Most clients state that this is difficult, but well worth the effort.
Is there homework?
There is homework in the form of assessments, reading and other learning materials. Depending on the goals we are working on, you can expect to read at least one book during our coaching engagement and complete a minimum of two assessments. Assessments take no more than 20 minutes to complete and are most often done online.
Is it confidential?
Everything is confidential. If coaching is being provided to you by your company, the only information that is discussed with your manager and/or HRBP is the goals we are working towards and your progress. If you are a private client, then no information is shared by me outside of our engagement.
What if I miss a coaching session?
As long as you provide 48 hours notice, there is no penalty. If you have a last minute need to cancel, I do my best to reschedule with no penalty depending on the situation. I take into account how consistent you are in meeting deliverables, including attendance for our coaching sessions. If I cannot reschedule, then the missed session counts towards the overall coaching agreement.
What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?
Both coaching and therapy are important tools in helping you lead the life that you want. So there is definitely an intersection between the two interventions. However therapy tends to look into past traumas to help you understand and heal so that you can move past issues that may have been holding you back. Coaching is forward looking, helping you gain clarity on future goals, providing you tools and methods to achieve those goals and holding you accountable, in a very supportive way, in reaching your objectives. A more detailed discussion of this topic can be found here: Read more on the difference between coaching and therapy.
Where do we meet?
We will either meet at your office or, if possible, outside the office at an agreed upon location that is convenient for you. Because a foundational part of my practice is focused on embodying leadership and somatics, I often will want to work with you outside in a park like setting, so we can explore some fun and exciting physical practices to support our other coaching work.
What happens if I don’t like it?
You can cancel at anytime within the framework of our coaching contract. A 30-day notice is required.
Does it work?
Leadership coaching definitely works. You can read about my clients and the results they have experienced. The level of success does relate directly to the effort that you put into the coaching process. The more whole hearted you are throughout the coaching engagement, the deeper the learning and the better the results.
What are the ingredients for success?
An open mind and heart. The willingness to let go of negative judgements about yourself. Honesty. Courage. Trust. Whole heartedness with the process.
Do you use any assessments and why?
I use a variety of online assessments including: Kolbe A,B & C indexes, Tilt 365 and True Tilt Professional Profiles and a variety of individual and team related assessments from Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence. There are other written quizzes that I may use from time to time.
Many companies ask for a interview-style 360 to be completed. This means that I may interview between 8 to 12 of your peers, employees, and key stakeholders. Once this is completed, I provide a detailed summary of the feedback, along with an action plan to help us focus and fine tune your coaching goals.
Assessments are no substitute for the actual process of coaching. As I tell each of my clients, “you are far more interesting and complex than any assessment”. Assessments do play a role in accelerating the coaching process and help uncover issues and insights that might take longer to surface with coaching sessions alone. Assessments also help by providing a common language and framework that we can use throughout the coaching process.
What’s included in a coaching engagement?
All assessments, books, materials and learning aides are included.
What does it cost?
Cost depends on the goals and requirements of our coaching work together. Short term, focused engagements on a single behavioral goal, generally run between $3,500 to $6,500. Longer engagements run between $8,500 and $15,000. The latter generally includes an interview style 360, goal setting and several synch up meetings with you, your manager and HR business partner (HRBP). Occasionally shadowing and facilitating team meetings may be part of the engagement and are included in the cost.