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What is coaching?

Professional coaching is a partnership between a coach and client to provide structure, guidance, and support. According to the International Coaching Federation (ICF), coaches partner with clients in a “thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential."

Coaching is often used to support goals such as:

  • Helping someone transition out of or into a role
  • Developing specific skills (ex. public speaking, communication, strategic planning, etc.)
  • Identifying and addressing blind-spots
  • Overcoming procrastination
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Increasing productivity
  • Gaining clarity on your values

Interested in identifying a Coach? Here’s how our process works:

1) Contact Kelsey Solberg, Director of Professional and Community Education for the School of Leadership Studies, at solberg@gonzaga.edu to arrange a time for a brief phone call.

2) During the call, we’ll discuss what you hope to gain from the coaching, whether for an individual on your team or for yourself. We’ll also discuss your budget and parameters for the coaching (ex. number of sessions).

3) The person being coached will be invited to review our Coaching Bureauwhich includes seasoned coaches from a variety of backgrounds and with different specialties.The benefit of using a coach from our Bureau is that it allows you to identify a good match based on goals and coaching approach, without having to do significant research yourself. In cases where a team member is advised to work with a coach, the supervisor and HR employee sometimes participate in the selection of the coach.

4) If desired, we can arrange 30-minute complimentary consultations with 2-3 coaches to help you determine the best match.

5) Once you have decided who to work with, we will facilitate a coaching agreement.

6) You and the coach will decide how frequently to meet. Most coaches and coachees meet for an hour every week or every other week. During COVID, coaching sessions generally take place on Zoom.

Ready to start? Learn about our coaches, read testimonials, and find out which coach is right for you!