I already have a mentor. Why do I need a Coach?Show Answer »Close
Coaching can support mentors and mentees to maximize the mentor relationship.
First of all, recognize that one of the challenges of discussing mentoring is that there is a difference when people use “mentor” as a noun and use “mentor” as a verb. Mentor comes from Greek mythology and is the name (Mentor) of the wise trusted counselor whom Odysseus chose for his son Telemachus. At Leadership on Speed LLC, we tend toward the noun camp and define mentoring as “the voluntary developmental relationship that exists between a person of greater experience and a person of lesser experience that is characterized by mutual trust and respect.”
With that understanding, we highly encourage and support the use of mentors in the career development process but in this context, a mentor’s role is not to “coach” but rather to be a resource for advice and guidance. Mentoring is essentially a future oriented developmental activity focused on growing in your profession. It uses advice and feedback linked to the actual experience of the mentor. Unfortunately, few mentors are educated in the behavioral assessments and methodologies that so successfully address other aspects of overall career success. Therefore, we believe that while mentoring can be an invaluable asset in the career development process, as a stand-alone tool it is often limiting in its impact but can make an excellent compliment to coaching.
How much will my boss know about my Coaching Sessions?Show Answer »Close
First of all, coaching is confidential. As part of our assessment and evaluation processes, key stakeholders may be invited to provide feedback; however, that is the extent of direct outside involvement. Personal shares or secrets discussed in the confines of the coaching relationship will never be revealed or hinted at by your coach to anyone else. Coaching is rarely a compartmentalized process. In order for coaching to work effectively, our clients must have the freedom to reveal their humanness without fear of judgment or reprisal.
Additionally, while we reserve the right to publish the name of organizations we work with for marketing purposes, the individual names of our clients are also kept confidential. People within your organization may know you are working with a coach but that information will absolutely not come from our staff.
Can my company pay for my coaching?Show Answer »Close
Yes. We offer three options to choose from when investing in a coaching partnership.
1. Company Sponsored
The organization pays for the coaching.
2. Partially Company-Sponsored
The organization pays for a partial amount of the coaching. The client pays the remainder.
3. Individual Investment
The client pays for coaching.
How often do I meet with my coach?Show Answer »Close
You will meet with your coach either in-person or telephonically for three (3) forty or sixty minute confidential, compelling and action-oriented coaching sessions per month. Every session ends with relevant leadership strategies, tools, skills and practices for you to apply to your real-time issues. In-between the sessions, you will have access to just-in-time support via the telephone (Monday through Friday) for any time-sensitive or urgent professional issues that need to be discussed as well as unlimited email support.
How long does coaching last?Show Answer »Close
The length of the coaching partnership depends on your goals, commitment and circumstances. Most Leadership on Speed coaching clients report improved performance within six to nine weeks; however, depending on your coaching program, we encourage you to consider committing to at least six months (and no less than three months) due to the time required for changes to take hold within the client.