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What is Coaching?

Professional Coaching is result and solution orientated and is a support process tailored to individual needs. It helps to optimize human potential and mental health by identifying development needs and promoting them from a value-added, future-oriented perspective.

Typical settings where I like to coach you are:

  • Business Coaching

  • Executive Coaching

  • Coaching for young managers

  • Career Coaching

  • Coaching in conflicts

  • Coaching in change processes

  • Life Coaching

  • Personal growth

But always remember "No coaching without a contract".

The coaching contract

Let's just start at the beginning. Before I accept a coaching assignment, it is particularly important to me to understand your concerns. I don't know if any coach in the coaching industry is acting in this way, but I think that it is very important for you to understand, that I am highly interested in developing your growth mindset.

 

  • Why exactly do you actually need a coach?

  • What is your objective?

  • Am I the first coach you talk to about this topic? Have you already done things yourself to achieve your goal? If yes, which?

  • What is important to you in coaching? What exactly is supposed to happen? What not?

  • What is your time and budget planning like?

  • Is there a deadline?

 

 Coaching processes are based on different impact factors - aspects that affect whether coaching is successful or not. Additional it is important that your coach has specific communication skills, that the coach can focus on your personal growth, that he can support you in strategic thinking and reaching your specific goal.

Impact factors of coaching

Impact factors of coaching were described  ​by Prof. Dr. Greif in 2012 and explain what aspects coach and client have to focus on to be successful. Those impact factors look at the coaching process from an abstract perspective.

  • Appreciation and emotional support of the client by the coach

  • Affect activation and affect calibration

  • Result-oriented problem reflection

  • Result-oriented self-reflection

  • Goal clarification

  • Resource activation - from problem to resource

  • Implementation support

 

Regardless of whether you book coaching sessions with me or not, you should always critically evaluate whether the coach is able to support you in your goal.

 

Unfortunately, there are a large number of non-reputable providers and in this respect it is important for me to point this out at this point.

 

Coaching is a conscious examination of your problem, which helps you to activate your own resources to achieve your desired goal. Coaching can help you in taking care of your mental health, in your personal development, in your career development, in developing skills, and to optimize your self-awareness. But coaching is no formal training. As a good coach it is important for me to set goals for every session and to build up a way that supports you in reaching your goals.

Coaching sessions

However, it is also difficult to predict an exact duration. For this reason, I don't do fixed packages of 6 or 10 sessions, for example, like many other coaches do, because I see this as irresponsible.

 

Ultimately, only you know how quickly you are able to change. It is often about the following points:

 

  • How much time can you currently spend?

  • Are you supported by your private and professional environment?

  • Are you one of those people who find it easy to achieve positive change?

  • What budget have you planned for coaching sessions?

  • And how complex is your coaching concern?

 

The duration of the individual coaching sessions can also vary. However, I’ll adapt to your wishes and preferences and to support you in the best possible way.

 

Coaching sessions should not be less than 1 hour, otherwise this often leads to feeling very rushed, which can have a negative impact on the learning experience. In this respect, my request is that you always plan at least one hour for a coaching session. However, it is better to plan a time window of one to two hours. This is just helpful to go into all the topics.

 

Coaching sessions build on each other; that means at the beginning of each session we briefly reflect on what happened in the last session and how things have been for you since then. What are your experiences? Have you already made progress? What is easy for you? Where are you struggeling? How and when do these difficulties manifest themselves?

 

Therefore, sessions at intervals of 7 to 10 days are recommended at the beginning of the coaching. This ensures that the changes made can be questioned and we can see if you are on the right track.

 

As time progresses, the interval can then be increased, e.g. on monthly appointments.

 

On average you can expect to need around 8 to 12 hours of coaching. Individually, this can of course always vary upwards or downwards.

 

The entire time frame of the cooperation thus usually varies between a few weeks and a few months. Normally it doesn't last longer than half a year.

How much does coaching cost you?

I charge $80 per coaching hour and bill the corresponding coaching sessions in hours and quarters of an hour.

 

So if a coaching session lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes, I would charge $140; one hour at $80 and three quarters of an hour at $20; together $140.

 

Example:

Let's just assume that you need 10 hours of coaching in total, the cost is $800.

Why are my prices here just public?

That's relatively easy. A transparent approach is very important to me. You should know what the coaching costs so that you can plan accordingly. It's no different with the haircutter. Or do you get your hair cut if you don't know what you have to pay for it.

Can you bargain with me because you think the price is too high?

Of course you can. But only if you assure me, that you are bargaining with every haircutter over the price. However, if you like to bargain the price I am fine with that. If we agree on a price, you will always receive 100% of my services. 

 

In this respect, I take a very relaxed view of the subject of negotiations and am open to many things. There can always be good reasons to discuss the price in advance.

 

At this point I would like to mention that the first hour (the first 60 minutes) is always free of charge. Then you should finally be convinced that you want to work with me.

 

Now I've already said a lot about coaching, but I haven't yet gone into what my role as a coach is and how I can support you as a trained mental health professional. But I would like to catch up on that at this point.

What is the role of the Coach?

  • The coach has to create an empathic & positive atmosphere.

  • The coach has to reduce the clients' fears through good contracting (roles, contexts, do's and don'ts) and building up a resourceful relationship.

  • The coach has to support the client through different methodologies, which will help the client in achieving their goals.

  • The coach must perceive emotions, reflect them to the client and give the client resonance. This will help the client to get a higher self-awareness and deeper understanding of his own personality.

  • The coach has to structure the coaching process. This means he has to focus on the goal and to use different tools to support the client in achieving their goals.

  • The coach has continuously to work on the coach-client relationship and he has to observe the whole process from different perspectives.

What is the procedure of Coaching sessions?

An example of a procedure for a a coaching session without specific tools or models:

Orientation

  • What is the need?

  • What is the target focus?

  • Formulate your goals "SMART - specific, measurable, attractive, realistic, timely"

 

Work

  • Developing solutions for problems & goals

  • Activation of resources

  • Impact factors according to Greif (e.g. respect, trust, empathy & authenticity)

  • Systemic view - all building blocks of the system - persons and the system itself

  • Identifying approaches for improvement 

 

Evaluation

  • Reflection

  • Effectiveness focus as a red thread

  • Client conditions - focus on client, design and architecture

  • Coaching design - holistic design based on the assignment

  • Coaching architecture - integration of work context, integration of environment, if necessary linking with team development

Live or distance coaching?

Coaching can be conducted both in personal on-site appointments and digitally. Digital appointments have the advantage that they are practical and travel times are eliminated.

However, one disadvantage is always that the atmosphere of live coaching usually cannot be transferred to digital coaching.

 

Personal on-site appointments help to incorporate real-world environmental factors and are very helpful and important, especially at the beginning of coaching sessions, in order to work holistically on the client's topics and objectives.

 

But they have the disadvantage that they are more expensive due to the travel times.

 

If possible, I always recommend a mixture of both variants. In the beginning, it actually makes sense to start with live coaching. A personal meeting helps both the coachee and the coach, because when you get to know each other in person, you can simply fall back on more channels of perception. In the further course of the coaching, however, I think it makes a lot of sense to use digital coaching, as it is easier to integrate into the day in terms of time planning and the time required.

 

Of course, this is just a suggestion. If only personal or only digital coaching sessions are important to you, this can definitely be implemented without any problems.

Types of Coaching

Coaching can support you in many different questions. I have listed different types of coaching below so that you can get an idea of when it might make sense for you to get in touch with a coach. You may have already experienced a lot in practice and you may be thinking, who needs a coach for that. 

 

People are simply very different and people react very differently to change processes. Change processes that are very simple for one person are very complex for other people and take a lot of time. Otherwise, the following points are only examples and do not claim to be complete. If you are unsure whether your topic is a question for a coach or a change process, please feel free to contact me.

Business Coaching

Business Coaching focuses on entrepreneurs and business owners.

Business coaching deals with all topics that can arise in everyday work and in which you need support from a coach. These can be

  • topics that affect you personally in your current role,

  • topics that affect your team your employees,

  • topics of reflecting or improving your vision, goal, or strategic direction,

  • topics of identifying and implementing successful business growth opportunities.

Business Coach can be used by individuals and groups of people.

Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching focuses on the top leaders and on business growth. Typical situations for Executive coaching can be

 

  • How to manage a team in the best way?

  • Generate new ideas and perspectives or use critical external thinking to discuss solutions

  • Leading at a distance (field service or home office solutions)

  • Self-organization (compatibility of leadership and operational work)

  • Strengthening leadership and decision-making skills

  • Feedback from a professional sparring partner

  • Business growth & Personal growth

  • Persuasive speeches and public speaking

  • Self-image and external image

Leadership Coaching

Leadership Coaching focuses on all aspects of leadership like

 

  • Leadership and leadership style,

  • Resolve interpersonal conflicts among team members,

  • Agile thinking - growth mindset vs fixed mindset

  • Developing positive habits

Coaching for young managers

  • Transition from colleague to supervisor

  • Motivating, constructive interaction with employees

  • Comparison of self-image and external image

  • Strengthening leadership and decision-making skills

  • Targeted and successful positioning

  • Feedback and personal growth

Career Coaching

As a career coach I can support you in ​

  • Your life planning process

  • Optimizing time and self-management

  • Changing your own external image

  • Strengthening your self-confidence

  • Interview training​

Coaching in conflicts

  • Conflicts among employees

  • Conflicts with superiors

  • Controlling one's own behavior in stressful situations

Coaching in change processes

  • Support of teams and managers

  • Support of project managers

  • Support during change processes or transitional situations

  • Improvement of disputed processes or unclear distribution of tasks

Life Coaching

Life coaches can help you to develop positive habits and to focus on positive psychology.​ I can help you with the following topics:

  • Life coaching can help you to optimize your Work-Life-Balance, to deal with stress and support you in Burnout prevention.

  • Life coaching can help you with your life planning and how to get a meaningful life.

  • Life coaching can help you to optimize your time-management and self-management.

  • Life coaching can can help you in taking care of conflicts or concerns and support you in phases of upheaval.

  • Life coaching can help you to change your own own external image and to strengthen you in self-confidence.

Personal growth

  • Self-image/image of others; skills/abilities

  • Roles, goals and values

  • Clarity about own strengths and potentials

  • Making decisions

  • Developing goals and visions

 

If you still miss points that I haven't addressed yet, please send me your questions by e-mail using my contact form. I will answer them as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading and have a good one!

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