Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. (ICF)
In coaching, we, Coaches hold the belief that a Client is the expert of their own life and that nothing needs to be “fixed”, the Client is naturally creative, resourceful and whole to find solutions to their issues, achieve what they want to and get more out of life. We at Haraya Coaching believe that every person is unique and has their own unique strengths, values and vision for themselves.
Coming from this premise, a Coach is there to:
- Discover and clarify what the Client really wants to achieve
- Encourage client self-discovery
- Unearth what is truly important for the Client
- Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies for their issues and goals
- Hold a Client responsible and accountable
- Champion a Client
So a Coach is not there to give you advice, or tell you what to do, what a Coach does is really unearth from you YOUR solutions, YOUR thoughts and what is truly important to YOU and EMPOWER you on the path to true fulfillment and purpose
Who needs Coaching?
There are many reasons why you may want to work with a Coach or a Coaching company.
Basically any individual or organization that is looking to create significant change, such as career transition, setting up a new business, start a new project, find better life balance, enhance work performance, manage a new team or living a more meaningful life.
- Individual Programs
We often work with people that are making a transition, a career shift, from college into the world of work, or any other type of major change at work or in your personal life and they seek out a Coach to help them through that transition period.
- Life Coaching
- Career Coaching
- Business Coaching
Aside from Life Coaching, we also provide:
- Personality & Motivation Assessments
- Career Assessments
Learn more about our Life Coaching Programs for Individuals.
- Coaching Programs for Teams and Companies
For our corporate clients we often work with organizations or business leaders that are going through a transition, working on clarifying and cascading their purpose, vision and values, wanting cultural change, working on improving employee engagement or enhancing their leadership capabilities.
Some topics include:
- Performing better at work
- Making a career transition
- Working more effectively as a team
- Finding better life balance
- Learning to manage a team
- Starting a business
- Enhancing leadership style
- Improving business results
- Starting to implement a new project
Learn more about Coaching Programs for Teams and Companies.
How do I know the Coach I’m speaking to is a professional?
To become a professional Coach a Coach has to go through a series of intense training courses and assessments in order to be a certified or credentialed Coach.
The most recognized standard in Coaching is the standard upheld by the International Coach Federation (ICF). At Haraya we ensure that our coaches have either undergone an ICF Coach Training program, are ICF Credentialed or have gone through a course equivalent to the ICF standard. Coaching is a profession and it is important that your coach has been trained properly.
What are the benefits of coaching?
First of and foremost the benefit of working with a Coach from Haraya Coaching is that we are truly dedicated and passionate about helping people and companies live and work more purposefully.
The general benefits of working with a Coach are that clients find more clarity on their goals, their topics and achieve the goals they set for themselves by having someone hold them accountable to take action towards their goals.
During the Coaching process Clients learn a lot about themselves, are pushed out of their comfort zones, Clients become more self-aware and more courageous. They gain more clarity about their action plan, their next steps, their feelings and emotions and their perspectives to name a few.
Another great benefit is that you are talking to a professional trained to listen deeply, be objective and non-judgmental and help clarify and champion you towards the life you envision for yourself. Coaching is all about YOU, YOUR LIFE and YOUR COMPANY.
What happens in a Coaching session?
We kick-off a coaching relationship with an initial session called the Haraya Discovery session, in which we get to know each other. The Discovery includes talking about your goals, exploring what is important to you and what you want to work on during the coaching relationship. We may also include a few activities or exercises to gain some more self-awareness and input for any future coaching sessions.
During the sessions following the Haraya Discovery session we usually start the session by checking-in on progress or insights that resulted from the actions/inquiries set from the last session.
We will then design the agenda for the current coaching session with a topic or outcome of your choosing. Coaching is all about YOU, therefore you are in charge and set the agenda for the coaching session, we want to make sure that the sessions are most meaningful for you and you get what you want out it.
How is Coaching different from Therapy, Mentoring, or Consulting?
Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change. Sometimes it’s helpful to understand coaching by distinguishing it from other personal or organizational support professions. Below is information from the ICF website to help distinguish between the different modalities. Each modality has its invaluable merits, it just really depends what you are looking for. If you are looking to achieve certain personal and professional goals, to get unstuck and/or to lead a more purposeful life, then Coaching may be the way for you.
Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways. Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is future focused. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one’s work or personal life. The emphases in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow through.
Individuals or organizations retain consultants for their expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, the assumption is the consultant will diagnose problems and prescribe and, sometimes, implement solutions. With coaching, the assumption is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on his or her own experience. Mentoring may include advising, counseling and coaching. The coaching process does not include advising or counseling, and focuses instead on individuals or groups setting and reaching their own objectives.
(Source: International Coach Federation)