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Frequently Asked Questions

With many years experience of providing Executive Coaching and Business Coaching to our clients in London, UK, Europe and USA, we are very familiar with the types of queries that many individuals and businesses have when they are contemplating hiring a coach. Here we answer many of those questions:

How can coaching help me?

Coaching can help you in many ways that will improve your life both in and out of work. Since the coaching process is tailored to suit your unique needs, the conversations will be focused entirely on you. In short, you will have the opportunity to properly clarify and achieve the professional and life goals that will bring you lasting fulfilment. Some of these goals will be those that you agreed with your boss during your last performance appraisal or they could be derived from a 360 degree feedback report. In any case, the coach will explore the way that you can best achieve those goals in your own unique way. Often during the process, the coachee will identify fears or limiting beliefs that might be getting in the way of their goals. Inspiring Potential coaches are proficient in addressing and resolving these blockages and we view this as a strength that sets us apart from many other coaching organisations.

Who is coaching targeted at?

Coaching can be offered to anyone in an organisation, regardless of their rank. For example it can be used to provide a useful 'sounding board' for the executive who sits at the top of an organisation and who may feel isolated. Further down the hierarchy it can also be used for high-potential employees who may need help in 'stepping up' to more senior responsibilities.

Executive Coaching can be offered as a performance-enhancement tool for high achievers and it can also be used as a remedial tool for people who may be struggling due to stress or other adverse personal circumstances.

If I am responsible for hiring a coach, what benefits will it bring to my organisation?

Business Coaching can bring about the following benefits:

What is the ROI on coaching?

The ROI (Return on Investment) from coaching can be assessed from the following:

What makes an effective executive coach?

Any coach who can help you to achieve your desired outcomes could be considered effective. As an executive or corporate employee, it is generally preferable to work with a coach who 'gets' you and the situation that you work in. Ideally therefore it makes sense to work with a coach who has firsthand experience of corporate life. However it is important not to recruit a coach on this premise alone. Your coach must also have a proven track record of facilitating personal growth and change with clients in order to be effective. This requires skill, training and experience. It is important to distinguish between a true coach and a mentor/consultant who may have a corporate background but lacks the questioning and listening skills to be respond to the unique needs of the coachee.

Is coaching the same as counselling or therapy?

No. Coaching tends to focus on the future and working towards desired outcomes. The other interventions tend to focus on the past. Sometimes it is necessary in coaching to look at issues in the past but that is not the core emphasis.

What if my coach cannot give me advice that is specific to my job or industry?

Whilst a coach may offer timely suggestions, it is not the role of the coach to give advice. That is more the domain of consulting or mentoring. A good coach will be empathetic to your situation and will help you to come up with your own solutions.

What if I am simply too old to change?

Part of the philosophy that underpins coaching is that humans have a tremendous potential for change. This is equally true for older people. The key question is 'How could your life be different if you did change?'. If the motivation to change exists, then coaching is an excellent process for accelerating that change.

Is having a coach a sign of weakness?

Having a coach is a statement of strength, responsibility and ambition. By deciding to hire a coach you are simply saying 'I am ready and willing to make changes in order to improve my life. If that means hiring expert help, then so be it!' Top sports stars, business figures and political leaders use coaches to stay on top of their game. 

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