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How is Strength Training different from Personal Development?
What are the credentials for a Gallup Certified Coach?
Gallup is approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as an approved coaching specific training hours (ACSTH) provider, and also by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), which is the arm of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) that issues credentials.
Gallup? Is this the same Gallup that is famous for research, polls, and statistical analysis?
Gallup delivers forward-thinking research, analytics, and advice to help leaders solve their most pressing problems. Combining more than 75 years of experience with its global reach, Gallup knows more about the attitudes and behaviors of the world's constituents, employees, and customers than any other organization.

Gallup consultants help private and public sector organizations boost organic growth through measurement tools, strategic advice, and education. Gallup's 2,000 professionals deliver services at client organizations, through the Web, and in nearly 40 offices around the world.

Gallup News reports empirical evidence about the world's 7 billion citizens based on Gallup's continuous polling in 160 countries.

The Gallup Business Journal provides hard-hitting articles and insights aimed at helping executives improve business outcomes based on Gallup's experience boosting companies' performance.

Gallup also offers books with groundbreaking research on business, leadership, wellbeing, and politics, as well as coursework on the factors that drive individual and organizational performance.
(from the Gallup Website)
What is professional coaching?
Gallup defines a coach as a person who invests in and interacts with an individual, partnership, or team for the primary purpose of stimulating, motivating, and facilitating the growth, development, and performance of that individual, partnership, or team.
Is coaching right for me?
Start by thinking about what you would expect to accomplish from coaching. Coaching gets you to the next level- whether it be in a sports, business or in your personal life. A coach keeps your focused and driven. Coaching provides intensive, individualized support. The best athletes in the world have a coach!
How is coaching different from other service professions?
Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. Coaching supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is future focus.
Individuals or organizations retain consultants for their expertise. The assumption is the consultant will diagnose problems and prescribe solutions. Coaching is understanding that the individual or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on their own experience. It may include advising, counseling and coaching. Coaching focuses on individuals or groups setting and reaching their own objectives.
Training programs are based on objectives set out by the trainer or instructor. Coaching is less linear without a set curriculum.
What are some typical reasons someone might work with a coach?
An individual or team might choose to work with a coach for many reasons, including but not limited to the following:
Core Strengths:
Core strengths need to be identified, along with how best to leverage them.
Challenging Opportunities:
Something urgent, compelling or exciting is a stake (a challenge, stretch goal or opportunity).
Felt Need:
A gap exists between knowledge, skills, confidence or resources.
Acceleration of Efficacy:
A desire to accelerate results.
Getting Things Back in Balance:
Work and life are out of balance.
How is coaching delivered? What does the process look like?
Coaching typically begins with a personal interview (either face-to-face or by teleconference call) to assess the individual’s or team’s current opportunities and challenges, define the scope of the relationship, identify priorities for action and establish desired outcomes. Subsequent coaching sessions may be conducted in person, over the phone or via video chat, with each session lasting a previously established length of time. Between scheduled coaching sessions, the individual or team may be asked to complete specific actions that support the achievement of one’s personally prioritized goals. The coach may provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments or models to support the individual’s or business’ thinking and actions. * StrengthsFinder 2.0 Online Assessment
How long does a coach work with an individual?
The length of a coaching partnership varies depending on the individual’s or team’s needs and preferences. For certain types of focused coaching, 3-6 months of working may work. For other types of coaching, people may find it beneficial to work with a coach for a longer period. Factors that may impact the length of time include: the types of goals, the way individuals or teams prefer to work, the frequency of coaching meetings and financial resources available to support coaching.
Within the partnership, what does the coach do?
Objective Assessment:
Provides objective assessment and observations that foster the individual's or team’s self-awareness and awareness of others.
Listens closely to fully understand the individual's or team's circumstances.
Acts as a sounding board in exploring possibilities and implementing thoughtful planning and decision making.
Champions opportunities and potential, encouraging stretch and challenge commensurate with personal strengths and aspirations.
New Perspective:
Fosters shifts in thinking that reveal fresh perspectives.
Awareness of Alternatives:
Challenges blind spots to illuminate new possibilities and support the creation of alternative scenarios.
Professional Confidentiality:
Maintains professional boundaries in the coaching relationship, including confidentiality, and adheres to the coaching profession's code of ethics.
Equip the client:
Help the client fully appreciate how his or her strengths profile influences his or her behaviors, activities, and relationships.
Evaluate Successes:
Help the client look at himself or herself and examine his or her past successes in a new way- as an individual with powerful talents in particular areas.
Accentuate the Positive:
A coach spends more time studying success than failure.
Within the partnership, what does the individual do?
Establishes the Timeline:
Creates the coaching agenda based on personally meaningful coaching goals.
Becomes Awares:
Uses assessment and observations to enhance self-awareness and awareness of others.
Develops a New Vision:
Envisions personal and/or organizational success.
Ultimately in Control:
Assumes full responsibility for personal decisions and actions.
Possiblity Thinking:
Utilizes the coaching process to promote possibility thinking and fresh perspectives.
New Courage:
Takes courageous action in alignment with personal goals and aspirations.
Open to Global View and Problem Solving Strategies:
Engages big-picture thinking and problem-solving skills.
Responsible for Application:
Takes the tools, concepts, models and principles provided by the coach and engages in effective forward actions.
Changed Thinking:
Change your thinking from What if I do it and it doesn’t work to What if I DON’T do it and regret it?
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