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What is professional coaching?

The ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
  • Encourage client self-discovery
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable.

Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.

How is coaching distinct from other service professions?

Professional coaching is a distinct service which focuses on an individual’s life as it relates to goal setting, outcome creation and personal change management. In an effort to understand what a coach is, it can be helpful to distinguish coaching from other professions that provide personal or organizational support.

Therapy: Coaching can be distinguished from therapy in a number of ways. First, coaching is a profession that supports personal and professional growth and development based on individual-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is forward moving and future focused. Therapy, on the other hand, 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, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with present life and work circumstances in more emotionally healthy ways. Therapy outcomes often include improved emotional/feeling states. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one’s work or personal life. The emphasis in a coaching relationship is on action, accountability and follow through.

Consulting: Consultants may be retained by individuals or organizations for the purpose of accessing specialized expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, there is often an assumption that the consultant diagnoses problems and prescribes and sometimes implements solutions. In general, the assumption with coaching is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.

Mentoring: Mentoring, which can be thought of as guiding from one’s own experience or sharing of experience in a specific area of industry or career development, is sometimes confused with coaching. Although some coaches provide mentoring as part of their coaching, such as in mentor coaching new coaches, coaches are not typically mentors to those they coach.

Training: Training programs are based on the acquisition of certain learning objectives as set out by the trainer or instructor. Though objectives are clarified in the coaching process, they are set by the individual or team being coached with guidance provided by the coach. Training also assumes a linear learning path which coincides with an established curriculum. Coaching is less linear without a set curriculum plan.

Athletic Development: 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. Professional coaches possess these qualities, but it is the experience and knowledge of the individual or team that determines the direction. Additionally, professional coaching, unlike athletic development, does not focus on behaviors that are being executed poorly or incorrectly. Instead, the focus is on identifying opportunity for development based on individual strengths and capabilities.

What is Million Dollar Professional Coaching?

International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as a thought provoking and creative process that inspires clients to maximize their personal, professional, and/or academic potential. Having a Professional Coach is a badge of honor and drastically different from having a therapist. Our definition of what a Coach is has absolutely nothing to do with any type of psycho-therapy. Therapy signifies that there is a problem and coaching is quite the opposite. Coaching identifies a need to achieve and a support system to reach higher highs. The most successful among us employ a professional coach to aid in their awareness and support their personal and professional development. All superior athletes have coaches guide their every movement and focus – sport is 90% mental and so is the game of life and business. Professional athletes need coaches to aid their development and professional business people need a coach to bring their careers to the next level. A business professional has multiple levels of involvement and the higher up in the organizational hierarchy, the more responsibility, pressure to produce, and associated stress. A coach focuses the business professional’s mind to target specific areas, helps identify leverage points to increase performance, and creates a support system where the business professional can confidentially express true thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in order to make accurate decisions with the trust of a professional coaching expert. Professional Coaching focuses on client action concerning mission, vision, and goals for streamlined improvement and overcoming perceived barriers. The Professional Coaching process involves the coach and client developing a rapport that creates synergy of energy and provides a significant competitive advantage for the client over competitors regarding their determined direction. Additionally, professional coaching provides superior structure, expert support, and positive feedback that create substantial momentum for superior achievement.

What is the EliteProCoach Process?

The EliteProCoach process begins gently with exploring the relationship development between coach & client and understanding specific focus areas of concern. We aim to establish trust & an understanding of the coaching process. Next, we focus on discussing the coach-client agreement of service around scheduling, client goals, and creating a performance strategy to meet desired goals. Disclaimer: The progress is dependent on client commitment and desire to reach their potential. We promise to do all we can to aid, guide, support, listen, understand, cheer on, comfort, and truly care, but the client is the master of their life and ultimately controls the outcome of the process. Our process is dynamic and takes advantage of multiple technologies. Locally we can conduct our coaching sessions in our office, your office, or a remote location within a 150 mile radius of our home base. Secondly, we are a virtual company that uses online technology to conduct face-to-face virtual coaching. Additionally, we use tele-conferencing to discuss issues in real-time. Furthermore, we are available 24 hours a day by e-mail communications and will provide in-depth answers and support through those channels.

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