Coaching is a powerful one-on-one relationship that engages a willing client in a deep and honest exploration of their goals and the actions required to accomplish them. Coaching supports challenges and holds a client accountable to make consistent (often dramatic) progress towards the realization of his or her most important aspirations. Through coaching people are able to clarify their vision; overcome obstacles; change self-defeating beliefs and habits; build trust and goodwill; turn a business around; double sales or personal productivity; practice inspiring leadership; change an organization’s culture or do whatever else is called for to achieve extraordinary results. People use the coaching relationship to focus on both personal as well as business goals. Coaching is a conversation that provides an overall structure to the coaching process. The overall goal of the conversation is to move a client from where they are to a desired future state. The coach will help you advance the conversation to the next level through creating safe and trusting conditions.
At ICON, we provide both Life and Business/Executive Coaching.
Our coaches are certified at the highest level in accordance to the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and have through their extensive experience and expertise built a track record of successful coaching relationships that have helped clients live the life of their dreams and attain their goals. The content and process we use in our coaching practice is accredited by the Center for Executive Coaching, 360 Solutions and the International Coach Federation. One of the most important factors in successful coaching is the relationship the coach has with their client. This relationship is a catalyst that ‘calls forth’ the potential of the client and empowers them to create and live the life of their dreams. This relationship is both unique and powerful. Some of the features that make coaching powerful and distinguish it from other relationships are; Our coaching relationship is • Safe • Confidential • Honest • Unleashes possibilities • Soulful There are many wonderful benefits associated with professional coaching. Did you know individuals who engage in a coaching relationship can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles? Consistent with a commitment to enhancing their personal effectiveness, they can also expect to see appreciable results in the areas of productivity, personal satisfaction with life and work, and the achievement of personally relevant goals.
What are some typical reasons someone might work with a coach?
There are many reasons that an individual or team might choose to work with a coach, including but not limited to the following: There is something at stake (a challenge, stretch goal or opportunity), and it is urgent, compelling or exciting or all of the above; There is a gap in knowledge, skills, confidence, or resources; There is a desire to accelerate results; There is a lack of clarity, and there are choices to be made; The individual is extremely successful, and success has started to become problematic; Work and life are out of balance, and this is creating unwanted consequences; or One has not identified his or her core strengths and how best to leverage them. Companies that use or have used professional coaching for business reasons have seen an average return on investment of seven times their initial investment. Individual clients reported an average of 4 times return on their investment.
Here are four reasons why you could benefit from a professional coach and actual figures from a research by ICF of the difference Coaching has made;
Need we say more?! Meet Your Executive Coach
Before starting her own businesses, Salma held a number of senior leadership positions, working as Regional Vice President with Citibank for 12 years and as Chief Operating Officer with Rasmala Investments. Additionally, Salma has always played an active role in the community through consulting for the public sector in the Gulf Region – actively working with and coaching reform and strategy teams – and lecturing at the American University of Dubai. She is a speaker at various regional and international conferences and held executive workshops on leadership, strategic planning, quality, six sigma and performance improvement.