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Thursday, November 22, 2007

When to Hire a Coach

Most of the time, when people hire a coach, they don't have a clear, concise statement of what they need. That's one of the reasons to hire a coach -- to get clearer about what's up for you, what your life is requiring of you now, and what you actually need to DO.

Most of the time, when people hire a coach, they don't have a clear, concise statement of what they need. That's one of the reasons to hire a coach -- to get clearer about what's up for you, what your life is requiring of you now, and what you actually need to DO.

I always offer a complimentary initial session if you're considering hiring me as your coach so we can both look at what's going on for you, how I would propose to work with you, and whether we're a good fit to work together. I'm not the right coach for everybody, and I have a number of excellent colleagues I refer to if they're a better fit for you than I am.

Here are some of the situations that a coach can help you with:

  • You have been going around and around the hamster wheel with a decision or problem, and just not getting anywhere with it.
  • You have become dissatisfied with some aspect of your work, your job, or your work-life balance and aren't quite sure what to do about it.
  • There's nothing really wrong, but you're just not feeling the energy and commitment you used to feel.
  • You are longing to spend more time with your children and can't figure out how to deal with this.
  • You are less successful (by your definition) in some way than you know you could be, and you just don't get what's holding you back.
  • For one reason or another, there is no one right now that you can bounce ideas off of, talk things through with, or get a reality check from, and it's holding you back.
  • You suspect you've outgrown your job or your career and can't imagine starting over somewhere.

The initial consultation also offers you the opportunity to ask whatever questions you might have about my approach, training, fee structure, how coaching works, and so forth.

Copyright 2006 Sharon Teitelbaum. All rights reserved.

Sharon Teitelbaum, author of "Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued: Restoring Work-Life Balance," Master Certified Coach, and motivational speaker, helps high achievers re-claim their work-life balance. Her interactive coaching process provides a powerful catalyst towards greater career and life satisfaction. Sharon's work has been featured in national publications including The New York Times, Forbes.com, and Working Mother Magazine. Visit Sharon's website at http://www.stcoach.com and subscribe to "Strategies of Change" to receive practical tips for work-life success.

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