FAQFrequently Asked Questions about Coaching
COACHING EXPLAINED SIMPLY
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GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT COACHING
What is the difference between counselling or therapy, consulting and coaching?
In consulting, a consultant provides their unbiased expertise and advice to the client. The consulting relationship is directive and performance driven with specific consultant deliverables. The consultant plays the lead role in the relationship guiding or teaching the client as the expert.
Coaching is grounded in that the person coming into the relationship does not need to be “fixed” and is on a pathway for improving or moving forward their personal or professional agenda. The coach’s role is to support that movement and to not get in the way by leading or providing direction. The client is in the lead role and identifies what is most important.
Is coaching right for me?
Take the Coaching Readiness Assessment to help determine if you have got what it takes successfully work with a coach.
How do you select a coach?
- Is your coach certified? Check to see if your coach is certified by an independent organization that requires training, coaching time and coaching supervision before undergoing a testing process. This is form of certification is rigorous and ensures that your coach has either a basic, professional or master level of skill.
- Does your coach specialize in the area you want coaching in? Having a coach who is experienced in the area you want to work on because they know what powerful questions to ask.
- Does your coach know your industry or business? Great coaches will pick up the lingo and model of your business quickly. In fact, sometimes it is better that they don’t know your business so that your thinking is challenged more often.
Bottom line: It is better to have a great coach who uses their skills no matter what areas or industry they work in. Great coaches will refer if they believe they are not a good fit.
How long will you need to work with a coach?
- What is your starting point?
- Where do you want to go?
- How fast do you want to get there?
Short-term outcomes are accomplished in three to six months, sometimes less. Long-term or multiple pronged outcomes span six to eighteen months.
I have clients who work with me for awhile, take a break and then come back to establish new outcomes.
How much does coaching cost?
- Level of professional training and credentialing
- Actual coaching time experience
- In-person vs. by phone/Skype
- Level of individual (company sponsored)
- Type of coaching – Life vs. Career vs. Leadership vs. Executive vs. Business
My coaching fees can be found at these pages:
- C-Suite or Executive level coaching paid by the company
- Leadership development or middle management coaching paid by the company
- Private pay or self-funded career coaching
How do I get started?
Three Easy Steps to Moving Forward
Looking for a private coach? Here’s how to get started:
- Take the Coaching Readiness Assessment to see if you are ready to work with a coach!
- Review and select the coaching program that works for you:
- Contact Lynn about a introductory strategy session to get started!
WORKING WITH LYNN DESSERT
Who do you work with?
The companies I work with view coaching as a development opportunity. Coaching is an investment in shaping their future leaders or helping them to be more successful in expanded roles.
Where are your clients based?
Company executive programs include some in person sessions. I am available to travel world-wide for coaching projects.
What are your areas of coaching specialty?
- Executive coaching in organizations. My sweet spot is the C-Suite level reporting to the President in large organizations or the top level in smaller and mid-size organizations. Lately, I have had a number of coaching engagements in medical and academia (university) verticals.
- Leadership coaching for high potential employees and fast trackers in companies who do not have a formal leadership development program because of company size.
- Career coaching for private individuals. My career coaching does not focus on the basics.
What is your training and background for coaching?
There are three major areas of my background that are important:
Training, Certifications and Education
I am credentialed as a Neuro Linguistic Programming Coach and Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. I have over2500+verified hours of coaching time with internal and external clients. I am certified to administer and deliver feedback in many assessment tools. I hold the following degrees: B.A. in Social Work and M.B.A in Management.
Areas of Expertise
During the early part of m corporate career I worked in Operations and moved into a Human Resources role. I was selected to be a part of a High Potential Employee Program and rose quickly to the Vice President level, touching each aspect of the Human Resources discipline.
I had responsibility for leadership development, executive coaching, organizational development, HR operations, labor relations, compensation and benefits and generalist oversight. I left in 2000 to start my own firm specializing in leadership and organizational development work.
Industry and Business Knowledge
Because of the fast tract nature of my own professional growth, I have been fortunate to work in a number of industries and businesses: education, financial services, pharmaceuticals, biotech, high technology, chemical, professional services, technical services and manufacturing.
How do you get started working with me privately?
- Review the coaching programs available which includes details about the number of sessions, length of time and payment options.
- Complete the Coaching Readiness Assessment. Even if you know you are ready, the assessment asks you questions that will help us during our first conversation.
Once you have done those first two steps, you are ready for the final step:
- Schedule your complimentary strategy coaching session. We will spend one half hour in a coaching format where we will identify the outcomes you want in a coaching relationship. Think of it as our strategy session to focus on what’s most important to you. After that half hour, we’ll talk about the coaching program options that you reviewed in the first step.
Do you have any recommendations?
What companies have you worked with in the past?
- Finger Lakes Health
- University of Rochester Medical Center
- YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County
- High Tech Rochester, Inc.
- Rochester City School District
- New York State Department of Labor
- Educational Corporation of America, Inc.
- Kenron Industrial Air Conditioning Inc.
- Johnson Polymer
- Transcat, Inc,
- SC Johnson
- Goldman Sachs
- Newport Corporation
- Guilford Pharmaceuticals
- Victor Insulators, Inc.
- Lakeland Equipment
- Barthelmes Manufacturing
- American Marketing Association
- District Rotary
- Bay Park Associates
- Association for Women in Communications (AWC)
- American Society for Quality
- Association for Financial Professionals
- Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
- International Association of Administrative Professionals
Lynn, your consistent, positive reinforcement of my value proposition kept my confidence high and motivated me to move forward; and your encouragement truly made the process most enjoyable. Thank you!