What is coaching?

The International Coach Federation defines coaching as follows: “Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs.  They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful.  The coach's job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.”


How is coaching different than therapy?


Coach University defines the difference between Coaching and Therapy as follows:  “Therapy focuses on the life an individual is living as related to past, often childhood issues.  Therapy focuses on accompanying feelings and emotions, patterns of behavior and any self-destructive tendencies.  A typical outcome of therapy is healing the individual, the creation of more useful and healthy coping skills, and dealing with current issues and challenges.  


"Coaching focuses on what a person wants, beginning in the present and moving forward, developing the person to engage life with new behaviors and ultimately to achieve his or her definition of success.  It can be useful for the coachee to access information or knowledge from the past in order to identify past patterns of behavior that do not produce the preferred outcome..." 


How does coaching work?


It depends if you or your organization hire me. In both cases I offer a complimentary "chemistry session" to see if we're a good match for a coaching relationship. These sessions last up to 30 minutes for personal coaching, and 50 minutes for professional coaching and are done by phone or SKYPE.  Fees depend on the nature and frequency of our coaching. Please contact me at 828-989-1980  to discuss the full range of my services.


How much does it cost?


~ One-on-one: The fee varies depending on whether the coaching is personal or professional, the number of sessions, and length of commitment.


~ E-courses: These are being developed and will consist of 5-10 email lessons delivered to your Inbox over a set period of time (usually one week to one month). Cost TBD.

What tools do you use in our coaching?

Along with being certified in Emotional Intelligence, Spiritual Intelligence, Introduction to World Religions, and having 12+ years of experience coaching and facilitating cross-cultural programs for executives, managers and their spouses/partners, I've found that to be the most effective and happy in one's life, it helps tremendously to learn and apply the skills from four key areas of intelligence: Physical, Emotional, Cognitive (or Cultural) and Spiritual.

Physical Intelligence (PQ): the ability to listen to the subtle signals your body gives you, then respond wisely. A leader who is tired or sick due to lack of sleep or exercise can't guide a business towards physical fitness. A leader operating at less than full capacity can't offer the passion, vision or ethical guidance a company needs. Stephen Covey has emphasized the importance of this in his book "The Eighth Habit". 

Cultural Intelligence (CQ): the capability to relate and work effectively across cultures. This includes knowledge of cultural differences in values and communication styles; essential to building bridges and relationships. Without this knowledge and its application, you can't communicate, negotiate, or get things done effectively across borders.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ): the ability to understand and manage your emotions while displaying emotional sensitivity towards others, this includes the ability to communicate effectively. Leaders who lose their temper easily or don't listen or communicate well aren't able to gain the trust or respect they need to get things done with and through others.

Spiritual Intelligence (SQ): "The ability to behave with wisdom and compassion while maintaining inner and outer peace regardless of the situation" (Cindy Wigglesworth, www.deepchange.com) This means acting from your best self vs. ego-self and it's critical when working in an increasingly complex world with multiple stakeholders and diverse perspectives. How you show up affects morale, turnover, and your ability to influence others, as well as the bottom line. It's the difference between being an energy infuser or energy drain on the people around you.

How do I get in touch with you?

You can call me at 828-989-1980 (mobile), 828-350-9300 or email me at: barbara@mycoachbarbara.com


Are my sessions and communication with you confidential?


Definitely. I also don't give out client names without your permission.