The role of the coach is to support you on your discovery of acute self-awareness. It is also to support your learning, development and performance. An effective coach will help you establish the reality of ‘where you are now’, help you consider and set new personal and/or professional goals, as well as a helping you to create and action plan to strategically deliver them. Expect to be challenged in your thinking and have an open mind, because change only happens when you do something different or something differently. A top coach will help you explore possibilities that might seem out of reach. People will often restrict their own development or goal setting due to their own self-limiting beliefs or imagination. The coach will support and guide you to remove these limitations, see them as obstacles and consider ways to work round them.
The cost of coaching can vary greatly. The qualifications, experience and speciality of the coach will often influence how much is charged. If you’re an elite athlete looking to win an Olympic Gold, you will want a coach with a proven track record in your sport and who has consistently delivered other athletes to success at that level. Senior Executives are also often looking for this reassurance of skill and expertise.
Developing this level of skill and knowledge takes coaches years of learning and honing their skills. Gateway’s Lead Performance Coach Graham, always says that every coaching session he’s ever done has taught him how to artistically apply the science of coaching, in the most practical way to develop the best possible outcomes for future coachees.
Other factors that influence the cost of coaching include the length and frequency of sessions and whether the sessions are for individuals or teams. Prices may also vary depending on the geographic location of the coach – those based in cities like Manchester and London are often more costly. In addition, the demand for the coach can also influence the cost – if a coach has limited availability, this can also drive the cost up.
At Gateway, our coaches are highly experienced and specialists in their fields, whether that be high performance, neurodiversity or profiling. We provide coaching for individuals and teams and deliver our sessions both in person and online depending on the needs and preference of the client.
Your investment in coaching starts at £200 + VAT for a single, individual coaching session. We also offer customised coaching programmes and are happy to provide further details on request.
Several studies have shown that executive coaching can have a positive return on investment. Research by the International Coaching Federation found that companies that invested in coaching saw an average return on investment of 7 times the initial investment.
This is because executive coaching can improve leadership skills, decision making, and communication, which can lead to increased productivity, better employee retention, and improved financial performance.
Of course, the actual ROI of executive coaching depends on many factors, including the specific goals of the coaching, the quality of the coach and coaching relationship, and the organisational culture and context.
If you would like to discuss the possible ROI for your organisation, call us on 01536 215240.
Some say that behind every great man and great women, there will be a another great man or great women. Well, Graham would say, that behind every great performer/performance, there is a great coach. It’s a known fact that every world class sports team has a coach. Its also a well-known fact that the vast majority of high profile people from the worlds of business, the film industry, TV and global political leaders, all have personal coaches. Coaching is about “facilitating and supporting the learning and development of another” and no matter where you are on your own personal development journey, quality coaching will prove hugely valuable.
Like choosing anything, we should always listen to and consider the advice of a trusted source. A recommendation from a friend or colleague who has had a positive experience would be a great start. Research the coaches qualifications and their experience and always ask for a pre-agreement call/meeting to establish some initial rapport, explore compatibility and ask lots of questions. When you chat to them, you’ll know if they are the right person to support you in achieving your objectives.
Before agreeing to a coaching session, we would always advise you have a pre-session call/video call with your prospective coach. This brief meet is to establish some initial rapport and consider compatibility. It will also allow you to ask questions, have the coaching process explained and to share expectations etc. If after all this, it still doesn’t feel right, then explore the option of another coach. Ask at the initial discussion stage if the coach is part of a team of coaches and if so, request a brief call with them all to help you decide.
Here at Gateway, at the outset of any coaching work, we make it very clear to you and your employer, that the sessions will be held in the strictest of confidence. It should not be expected that your coach will share and/or discuss any details about the coaching sessions. This is left at your discretion, should you choose to share details with the employer. We do however, make it very clear to both you and your employer, that if at any time during the coaching process, we consider that you are at risk of physical, mental or emotional harm, or that your employer’s business is at any kind of physical or economic risk, then I would share this with them. We would make you aware of all the details that we would be sharing with your employer and/or seeking further guidance on.
While a coach will, at times, ask very thought-provoking and challenging questions that may take you out of your comfort zone. and even help you achieve a level of self-awareness that you may be uncomfortable with, always remember that you should remain in control of the direction of the sessions. Saying ‘no’ at anytime or ending a line of questioning will always be your choice.
Absolutely not! While it would definitely be ideal for all managers to have the skills and ability to adopt a coaching style when it was needed, what you never want to do is limit the potential of coaching in your business. Providing the opportunity for others to develop the skills, traits and behaviours that would make them a top coach/mentor would increase the ability to share skills and knowledge amongst your business and improve business performance.