Judy Nelson's coaching style is direct, focused and compassionate. She makes a sincere connection and helps one identify and develop strengths, hopes and dreams......
-Martine Singer, MBA, Executive Director, Hollygrove
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Even the most accomplished professionals may encounter obstacles in mid-career.
Although highly capable people can usually "cope" with these types of challenges, what they need is to truly master them, in order to move on to greater levels of personal achievement. For that, what is often needed is the right coach.
"My job as an executive coach is to engage you in an ongoing process of inquiry, discovery and commitment. I will listen as you describe your goals and your perceived obstacles toward achieving them. I will ask questions that help you to analyze your situation in a fresh light and arrive at new understanding. I will help you harness your own creativity in devising workable strategies to achieve your goals. And I will hold you accountable to yourself for following through. I will be constantly in your corner, and I will celebrate your success as you grow from strength to strength."
Initial Coaching Period. Once a fit is established, new clients may start with a 3-month commitment. Usually that is sufficient time to establish a good rapport with your coach, to get acquainted with the coaching process, and to begin to reap the benefits.
Assessments. The coaching relationship often begins with an executive assessment. Using sophisticated standardized tests, the coach gains a basic understanding of the client's strengths and weaknesses. Tests may include:
The results of these tests are shared with the client and often make an excellent jumping-off point for the discussions that follow.
Coaching Sessions. Most executive coaching is done by phone, so distance need not be a factor. The typical coaching process, whether by phone or in person, is 3 to 4 hours per month. Most clients find that 1-1/2 hours twice a month works well, but the sessions can be tailored to the individual's needs.
Financial Arrangements. Coaching fees are paid in advance. The preferred arrangement is usually for the executive's employer to provide coaching as a pre-tax benefit. For top-level executives, this may involve requesting of the board that executive coaching be included as part of a compensation package. However, in cases where this is not possible, executives may elect to treat this as an out-of-pocket expense.
It is of the utmost importance that you feel comfortable with your executive coach. While establishing an excellent rapport might require several weeks, you can often learn quite a bit from a free 30-minute consultation. Such a "get-acquainted session" allows you to get a feeling for the coach's style and decide whether you would be a good fit. There is absolutely no obligation in signing up for a free consultation.
I offer virtual coaching on an hourly basis to leaders, executives, and managers globally via telephone, web, and webcam. This service started so that I could provide executives convenient access to high level executive coaching on an as-needed basis. In person coaching is of great value, but there are times when it's necessary to zoom in on an issue or situation with a coach, knowing that she is only a call or click away. To request your first hour of virtual coaching, call or email with any questions you may have.