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. . . because it is one of the fastest growing fields in America's vast personal services industry. Yet, because personal coaching is still relatively new, many people are unfamiliar with it.
For their benefit we've answered several frequently asked questions about personal coaching and executive coaching elsewhere on this web site. We've also provided a description of our approach to coaching.
. . . depending on the goals and needs of the client. Some of the more common forms of personal coaching are:
Obviously, these types of coaching may frequently overlap, so that a single coaching engagement touches on two or more of them.
The reasons for having a personal coach are as varied as the thousands of people who have one. Coaches are "resource multipliers." They nurture your ability to multiply the options and resources already at your disposal. In addition, they provide resourceful insights from their own vast experience.
Personal coaches help you "rise to the occasion," whether it's to pursue a cherished dream, to overcome a frustrating challenge, or to realign your life with your deepest values and passions. Coaches double as confidants, mentors, and sounding boards. But they also prod you, stretch you, and "hold your feet to the fire." They take your aspirations as seriously as you do.
Unlike consultants, who offer specialized solutions to specific issues, personal coaches are generalists who work with you in multiple arenas of life. They aim not merely at career success, but at a satisfying life. They know that men and women with high levels of life-satisfaction usually have greater sustained effectiveness. Life-satisfaction, in turn, depends on such things as a clear sense of purpose in life, personal values that are carefully aligned, and relationships (especially with family) that are balanced and healthy.
So why have a personal coach? In order to do even better at the things you already do well. And to develop new skills and outlooks that will open new venues of promise for your career.