What Is Coaching?
Who is Coaching For?
The International Coaches Federation defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
What is a Coach?
A coach is often referred to as a thinking partner who creates a safe environment in which both parties can share insights and information, untangle the causes of limitations (often self-imposed) and identify new methods to practice new approaches.
What does a Coach Do?
- Create a safe environment, listen, ask focused questions, reflect back, challenge and acknowledge the client.
- Encourage intentional thought, action, and behaviour changes when the person being coached is reluctant to do so.
- Support the person being coached to take action and effect positive change.
What does the Coach not do?
Coaches do not:
- Consult: A consultant is a person with specific expertise hired to share that expertise with individuals or organizations. Coaching in contrast is focused on drawing the experience and answers from the client.
- Counsel: Coaching effects achievement; counselling effects healing. Coaching effects action; counselling effects understanding. Coaching promotes creativity; counselling seeks to resolve. Coaching is about the future. Counselling is about the past and how it impacts the present.
- You’re in charge of how quickly you’d like to move toward achieving your goal(s).
- Choices include hourly, 3 month package, 6 month package, or ongoing monthly retainer options. All offer flexibility and so if you’re looking for something other than these choices-be sure to say so-we may be able to work something out.
- Sessions are usually 60 minutes long but many clients prefer 30 minute sessions that occur more often. At times, a client will even ask for a short 15 minute check in option as they move forward toward achieving their goal.
Ernest Hemmingway said, “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” This quote speaks to me as a foundation for coaching. That, along with my core belief that each of us has our own answers to the questions we face each and every day, is the cornerstone to my coaching style. I believe that listening with more than my ears and then following through with quality questions, reframing, and acknowledgement will move my client toward their own answers.
My work in post secondary education spans 25 years and throughout all of it I appreciated being able to say, “made a difference to that one”. From the front lines of the classroom to the visionary work necessary for strategic and program planning, my time with the College system in British Columbia provided me a myriad of opportunities to exercise the skills that I bring to the table as an Executive Coach. My strong interpersonal skills and my ability to communicate effectively support success in my coaching practice. I trust my intuition and use both my head and my heart to bring balance to every situation. Adaptability, authenticity, integrity, teamwork, courage, compassion, and accountability are all words that resonate for me.
In addition to my work in education, I also have a strong personal belief in the value and importance of lifelong learning. My recent engagement in the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching at Royal Roads University was where a lifetime of both theory-based and applied learning experiences were put to work. My training in Conflict Resolution; my work as a Bartender; my Certificate in Management Skills; and my experiences in the area of community Economic Development are all examples of the classrooms I attended on the path to where I am today.
My goal with this bio is to provide you, the reader, with a sense of who I am beyond the work that I’ve done. My clients need to feel comfortable with me as a person, know that they can trust me to keep their confidence, and believe that I’ll be as honest and authentic in my coaching practice as I’m asking them to be with themselves.
I believe that we all deserve to achieve our dreams and that no matter how lofty those dreams may be, they’re within our grasp. Designing the pathway that will lead to those goals is the focus of my work.
A weekend with Lorrie has put my business and personal life back on track. Setting and prioritizing goals lead to complete clarity about the steps needed and dealing with potential hazards. The weekend was time spent very productively and the future looks bright. Thank you Lorrie for your unique coaching style.
Lorrie Forde’s book Really Good F Words is a brilliant approach to helping people who want more than just lip service when they are motivated to move forward in their lives. This book is not only well written, it gives you simple, real life examples and then has you thinking and writing as you move into your own ‘stuff’, coming out the other end more aware and energized. Congratulations Lorrie on a transformational book.
I believe that you will discover in Lorrie Forde’s words a combination of practical insight and experiences that characterizes my experience of her as an Executive and Life Coach. Perhaps most importantly she brings to life in these pages her unique combination of edge and compassion for others as we seek that seemingly elusive balance in our lives. I’ve personally experienced many of Lorrie’s F words and trust that you will be motivated and inspired like I was to stay in balance and live with purpose.