Dale Kurow Executive Coach
“My time spent with Dale was absolutely instrumental to the growth of my leadership skills. Let me be on record that this document does not do justice to the profound effect that Dale had on me and will have on me for the rest of my managing life.”

Jonathan Lederer, VP, Sales, Popkin Software,
New York City

Coaching FAQs

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a professional service. Clients retain a coach in order to reach a goal or solve a problem.

Why does Coaching work?

Coaching works because the client gets the support he or she needs to make the desired change.

Why do people hire a Coach?

People hire a coach to make a change, reach a goal, solve a problem or take advantage of an opportunity.

Why is coaching becoming so popular?

Coaching has become so popular because people are far less willing to "settle." They are prepared to risk change in order to achieve more satisfying careers and lives.

What credentials do coaches have?

Currently the best credentials we have are our track records with clients. Their success is the most credible evidence of the value of coaching and the ability of the coach.

Where do the coach and client first focus their efforts?

Usually, clients already know what they want to change, resolve or accomplish, so the coaching begins right there. The coach will steer clients through a review of those goals and help development an assessment of the real and imagined barriers in the way of success.

How soon can clients expect to see results?

Usually within a day or two. Their attitudes will improve, or they'll get working on something they've been stuck with, or they'll make an important change and start feeling the benefits of coaching fairly quickly. And, over time, the cumulative benefits can be life-changing.

Do coaches give advice?

Yes, most coaches give advice - or at least the coach can help you expand your options in a situation.

How is coaching different from therapy?

A therapist is trained and licensed to work with diagnosable psychological conditions. Although there may be some overlap, a coach usually works on the clients' behavior rather than grappling with issues of the subconscious. Most coaches have a working referral relationship with several therapists so that clients who need therapy can be easily placed. A coach and client typically focus on what the client wants to accomplish personally or business-wise over the next 6-12 months. Typically, an individual works with a therapist to resolve something that is causing pain. It is not unusual for a client to be working concurrently with a coach and a therapist.

How do I know coaching is working?

If you are seeing measurable quality-of-life improvements, achieving your outcomes more quickly and/or having significant internal growth, coaching is working.

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