|Coaching is a process by which
another person helps you to explore, define and achieve
what you want, using a specific, inquiry-based method.
Trained and experienced coaches have expertise in how
growth occurs. This means not telling you what to do,
but rather guiding you to finding the answers that are
right for you and your circumstances.
Much of executive coaching focuses
on demystifying leadership skills and behaviors and
figuring out ways that you can take these to the next
level. Strong coaches can articulate these specific
aspects of leadership, help you figure out how to develop
them, and ensure that what you are developing is relevant
to the particular domain in which you work.
The ideal coach is someone who understands your work
but who is free of its habitual assumptions.
Coaches are supportive, although supporting
your best self doesn't always mean indulging the one
you are presenting today. As one of my clients said,
"Michael is nice. But he's not that nice."
of my work are on the next page.