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Coaches expect to serve as a resource, confidante and mentor, but don't want clients to let themselves get into position of needing coaching as a dependence thing or a fix. You are one who will find answers. Coaches just try to provide a clearer map than you may have had in past.
Is coaching consulting? No,coaching is more about helping client to learn to make good choices than about giving advice. Coaches help you discover and consider various alternations, but you are always in driver's seat with decisions. In coaching client is always in drivers seat – Coaches coach, you do laps!
How long would I need to have a coach? Until you think you have achieved what you set out to achieve. The time frame can vary from a few months to several years – as long as you feel you are getting value from relationship. Although we will make some firm agreements and commitments at start of coaching relationship, you are free to stop coaching at any time if it is not working for you.
Leading executives, professionals and entrepreneurs are quickly discovering personal and professional benefits that coaching provides.
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Allan Katz is Editor of the ToBeCoached.com web site and To Be Coached Newsletter. He is a 21 year veteran retail loyalty marketing coach and the author of the book, "The Complete Guide to Retail Loyalty Marketing."