It seems that there is a flurry of people taking on the moniker of “business coach.” You can probably find business coaches who are experts in law, finance, organizational development or any number of other specialties. If you are looking for a person who is a legal beagle, a captain of industry or has built seventy different businesses, then I am not the person you want to speak with. I am not an attorney, so I don’t give legal advice. I am not an investment broker or financial planner, so I don’t give financial advice. I haven’t built any huge companies, so I can’t claim expertise in that area either. What I do well is train people to think better. If you have intellectual wattage to spare, but can’t quite figure the subtleties of why people react poorly to you, then I may be your guy. If you have a thinking problem that manifests itself in fear, then I may be your guy. I train people how to think better, solve interpersonal problems and overcome mental barriers. I am in the business of training people to change (for the better).
Psychologists are in the change business. Specifically, psychologists are licensed to treat “mental disorders” – to help people who have lost or lack “the capacity to adapt his/her own behavior to effective ends of survival, satisfaction or comfort,” (quoted from the Ohio Revised Code, 4732-3-01 (J)). If you seek treatment for a mental disorder, then I encourage you to discuss a referral to someone who does that kind of work. (In the past I have done psychotherapy, but it is no longer a part of my work.) If you are satisfied, comfortable in your life and surviving quite well, but would like to improve, then we are talking about an Executive Coaching Consultation. I was trained as a Counseling Psychologist. Besides our niche in Career Psychology, we Counseling Psychologists are known for working with healthy people who want to improve. After starting my career, I hired a consulting psychologist to help me get the training and experience to solidify my work as a consulting psychologist.
An Executive Coaching Consultation is designed for the person who is successful, thriving, but wants to turn it up a notch. It is designed for the person with a history of success, but who is having trouble leaping over a recent hurdle. I can train you to use your mental power to overcome the hurdle and continue on a path of success. I define success in a number of ways. It isn’t just wealth, position or power. It can include all of those things. I think success is a proper balance of all aspects of life.
Sometimes supervisors, boards of advisors or directors, and CEO’s will contact me for one of their employees who has promise, but can’t quite sand off one particular rough edge. Before they fast track the person, they want to make sure he or she is prepared. In our work, we will work on that rough edge so that the person can achieve his or her potential.
When I am hired by an organization, that organization or company is the client. The individual, in those cases, is receiving the benefit of the work, but the company is the client and as such, the company owns the information. After discussion, I will discuss the process of his or her Consultation with those sponsoring the Consultation. In addition, with permission, I will gather information from his or her family, friends, co-workers, supervisors, mentors, and employees.