Executive and Personal Coaching

How to Begin Our Coaching Together

  1. Review this site to learn more about me. Continue on this page to familiarize yourself with the executive and personal coaching process steps to get us off to a strong start.
  2. Send me a request for a conversation. Outline in brief anything you’d like to share that will give me some background on your request.
  3. We’ll choose a mutually available time to meet, either by phone, or Zoom.
  4. In our meeting you can outline what is happening and what you’d like to achieve. You can ask me any questions you have. We’ll discuss your concerns, logistics, and fees.
  5. If a Sponsor is involved, we will have those conversations to ensure clarity and confidentiality.
  6. I’ll send you a Coaching Agreement. Make a decision to move forward. Sign the agreement and return it to me. Pay your first month retainer.
  7. I send you a link to my calendar and we get started.
  8. It is my pleasure to serve you.

Here are some further FAQ's about job burnout.  

"I've enjoyed your organizational abilities, your professionalism, your foresight and planning, your forward thinking, your ability to take risks, your sense of humor and desire for simplicity." Entrepreneur

Gary by the River

 Coaching from Week to Week

Connect by Zoom or Phone: During coaching weeks, we will connect either by Zoom or phone. Some people concentrate much better being on phone only, but it’s your choice. Zoom does allow us to periodically view a document or illustration together in real-time.  

Get Where You Can Concentrate: You need to be in a quiet place to eliminate distraction. If you are going to get the most out of your time together, you need to set aside intentional and private time to meet. 

The Choice of Focus is Yours: The choice of what you’d like to focus on each week is yours. If you are dealing with burnout, obviously that will move to the top of your list.

You Decide What We Work On During Your Coaching Time

Four Kinds of Conversation: In general clients focus on one or two of the following four areas each week. It’s really dependent on your current situation. You don’t have to tell me prior to our call what you’d like to talk about. I’m ready for anything.

1. A real-time (unfolding now) situation

You’re in the middle of it. It’s of current concern to you right now. Our coaching can help you think it through, gain needed insight, and inform your decision making and next steps. Examples:

  • Planning
  • Troubleshooting
  • Decision-making
  • Interpersonal concern

2. Making progress on things that take more time

Some goals might be out 2 to 4 months or even longer depending on the nature of your work. You consider them more medium-term initiatives. Example:

  • Regaining you daily productivity and effectiveness
  • Changing a possible career limiting behavior
  • Fostering a significant idea or project
  • Adjusting the way you interact with your spouse or family
Long Game

3. Increasing your long-game capacity

Your work in this area might stretch out a year or more. You are preparing or positioning yourself or your organization for something in the future. The work you put in now will pay off later. Example:

  • Attaining a higher position within the organization
  • Making some significant contribution for the good of society
  • Implementing a multi-year, organization-wide change

4. A “stretch” discussion around common challenges

This sort of discussion comes up so often. It’s often precipitated by some situation the leader is aware of. These back-and-forth conversations are rich. Example:

  • Avoiding responsibility
  • Micromanaging
  • People “stuff”
  • Poor communication culture

Here are some answers to other common executive and personal coaching questions.  

"Gary would assist me in breaking the problem down into manageable parts, and guide me through steps towards a solution. I always felt a sense of relief and accomplishment at the end of the hour. I had a sense of direction, and confidence that the situation was workable." Founder/Director

A Typical Executive and Personal Coaching Engagement

One Month Coaching Schedule

Three Weeks of the Month: We coach during the first FULL three weeks of the month, Monday to Thursday. We can adjust the coaching schedule to accommodate your personal situation within that. Typically, we schedule three monthly calls, once per week, to ensure we've booked in adequate time to work on your coaching and development goals.

No Coaching in August: I work throughout the year, with the exception of August. All coaching ceases for one month, so that I can refresh.

Average Coaching Engagement: Tracking over the last 25 years of coaching shows that clients typically make use of coaching for an average of 14 months.

Some have been coaching for several years. This is because they continue to want executive and personal coaching as they take on new companies, organizations, promotions, projects, assignments and challenges.

I Coach a Select and Limited Number of Leaders

A Few Leaders at a Time: I accept and work with only 10 - 12 full-schedule leaders at a time. This is quite deliberate. It allows me to be at my best as I serve you.

I also coach several "Momentum" clients, who I had coached for several years. Now they want to check in once a month or so, to remain sharp and on top of their current work and possibilities. They want to maintain "momentum." 

Individualized Support: Individuals and organizations turn to me and the work I do, because I provide 'when-you-need-it' coaching support that enables them to better move forward important projects, programs, companies and causes.

Coaching That Makes a Difference: This IS NOT about chunking a whole lot of people through. It's about one on one executive coaching that makes a lasting, and significant difference.

Preparing for Coaching Meeting

How to Prepare for Your Coaching Meeting

Here's one suggestion to get prepared to meet.

Complete one or more of these statements to help clarify your executive coaching goals AND the benefits achieving them will give you. You may find it helpful to write your responses down before speaking with me.

  • I want to adjust ... to prevent ... and enable ...
  • I want to improve ... which will allow me to ...
  • I want to leverage my ... to be prepared for ...
  • I want to add ... to my ... in order to ...
  • Or some other similar statement

The point? Take some time to determine how you’d like to best use our time together. Being intentional will allow you to zero in quickly and get us discussing what matters.

And if you feel stuck, no problem, I'll walk you through it and make sure we are focusing on those things that will make the biggest difference moving forward.

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