|Business Coaching FAQs|
What is business coaching?
Business coaching is a short-term intervention designed to help individuals who are stuck, unfulfilled, underperforming or in crisis in their professional life, or who simply want to take their career or business to the next level. This is accomplished through a collaborative process of assessment, decision making, goal setting and goal attainment. In each session, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client toward action. Coaching accelerates the client's progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where the client is now and what s/he will need to do to get where s/he wants to be in the future.
What are common outcomes of business coaching?
Although results vary depending on the agenda of individual clients, general outcome include:
Do I need to be in the New York City area to be coached by you?
All business coaching services are conducted by telephone, so you can be located anywhere within the continental United States. I establish a very close rapport with all of my clients, even if we have never met face-to-face. Please do not be skeptical of the benefits of telephone coaching. It save time and money… and it works.
What is the difference between business coaching and business consulting?
In business coaching, the coach is not necessarily a subject expert. The coach asks questions and the client comes up with the solutions. In a consulting relationship, the consultant is expected to have subject expertise and is usually responsible for coming up with the recommended solutions. However, the client determines how directive they wish for me to be in the coaching process.
What is the difference between business coaching and traditional therapy?
Therapy assumes the client is unhealthy and in need of healing. Coaching assumes that the client is healthy, creative, resourceful, and whole. Coaching focuses on identifying what the client wants and determining what s/he needs to do to get there. Coaching is focused on the "what’s next?" rather than the “why?”
What is the role of a business coach?
Who can benefit from business coaching?
I am particularly interested in, but certainly not limited to, working with the following types of clients in my business coaching practice:
Can I be coached for a mental health or chemical dependency problem, in the context of career and professional development?
Coaching does not treat mental disorders as defined by the American Psychiatric Association, nor does it treat chemical dependency. Coaching is not a substitute for counseling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mental health care, or chemical dependency treatment, and it should not be used in place of any form of therapy. If you are currently in therapy or otherwise under the care of a mental health and/or chemical dependency treatment professional, it is important that you consult with him or her regarding the advisability of working with a coach and let him or her know of your decision to proceed with working with a coach.
What is your basic approach to business coaching?
Stage 1: I establish expectations, roles, and commitments with my clients.
What strategies do you use during a typical business coaching session?
What do you expect from your clients?
Can you coach more than one person at a time?
I coach couples, family members and professional groups of any size. However, in order to avoid possible conflicts of interest and confidentiality breaches, there is a limit to the extent I can do relationship and organization coaching, while also serving as your individual coach. Depending on the circumstances, I may opt to refer you to another coach for couples, family or organizational development work.
Can you coach me around relationships without the other party(ies) participating?
Yes, I use powerful and effective exercises to help clients explore important personal and professional relationships, even without the other party(ies) present.
How long would you be my business coach?
What are your credentials for being a business coach?
I was born and raised in Somers, New York, 50 miles north of New York City. In 1989, I graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College, where I majored in cultural anthropology and minored in urban studies. I earned a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Columbia University in 1995, concentrating in advanced management and policy analysis.
From 1989 to 2006, I held a number of progressively responsible direct service, supervisory and senior management positions with New York City government agencies, including the Departments of Probation and Correction, the Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice Coor
These health and human service-oriented positions have afforded me ample opportunity to conduct strategic planning; perform population, training and program needs assessments; design, implement and evaluate numerous health, education, social service and community outreach programs; institute performance management accountability systems; and coor
Since 1999, I have become a certified mediator with the Columbia University School of Law and the Safe Horizon Center for Mediation, a certified coach with the Coaches Training Institute, and a pre-certified organization coach with the Center for Right Relationship. Further, I have completed intensive certificate training in small business development with the State University of New York’s Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce and the Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO). During this period, I have gained significant coaching and conflict resolution experience with individuals in employment transition, aspiring and established entrepreneurs, business partners, and non-profit and corporate teams.
In 2007, I established Hatch Ventures LLC, an incubator for new business products and services. During the past three years, Hatch Ventures LLC has successfully developed and launched four new business products, with three more business products and one business service currently in advanced development.
In addition to my role as founder and principal of Hatch Ventures LLC, I currently serve as Mediation Coordinator for the Civil Court of the City of New York and maintain a private personal coaching and conflict resolution practice, Andrew D. Lewis Coaching and Mediation LLC. I am also an active member of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, the New York City Chapter of the International Coach Federation and Business Networking International’s (BNI) Manhattan Chapter 19.
What is your fee structure for business coaching?
$100 per 60 minute session
Fee structure subject to change.
What forms of payment do you accept for business coaching?
I invoice clients by email following each session. Session fees are payable by check, money order, debit card or credit card. If you choose to pay by debit or credit card, click the Pay Now button directly on the invoice I send you. Please wait to be invoiced prior to making payments.
How do I know you would be a good business coach for me?
If I am paying for an employee or my child to be coached, am I entitled to receive progress reports?
At the outset of the coaching process, we will establish very clear guidelines about when you will be updated on your charge's progress and what will be shared. The typical type of information that will be shared are goals, actions, and progress, as well as ways in which you can further his/her ongoing development. You should also keep in mind that coaching is very action-oriented, so you will likely see behavioral and attitu
If my employer or parent is paying for you to coach me, do you have to report into them?
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How will I know that what I am sharing will remain between us only?
The cornerstone of an effective coaching relationship is trust. It is critical that the confidentiality of our conversations be totally protected. You can absolutely count on that. If there is information that needs to be shared, you and I will discuss what is appropriate and how it is to be shared.
Are there any exceptions to the confidentiality rule?
Yes. I am required to take reasonable steps to notify the appropriate authorities in the event a client discloses an intention to endanger him/herself or others.
How will I know if I am making progress from business coaching?
What if I need help or support in an area where a specific expertise is required?
As a coach, I can only provide expertise that I have. If I see that there is support that you need that I am not equipped to provide, I will let you know and, whenever possible, refer you to appropriate services. I do a lot of business networking in support of Hatch Ventures LLC. As a result, I have established close working relationships with highly qualified professionals from a wide array of fields, including, but not limited to: accounting, acupuncture, banking, branding and marketing, business law, chiropractic, commercial and residential real estate, dentistry, divorce law, graphic design, general contracting, immigration law, insurance, legacy planning, message therapy, mortgage brokering, nutritional consulting, personal training, pet care, printing, real estate law, therapy, and video production.