Friday, July 3, 2009

Patty DeDominic on Why You Need A Professional Coach

Coaching for Personal and Professional Development is one of the fastest growing
trends in careers. Get one today!

When is the best time to get a coach to help you become an even better, more focused professional? Five years ago! :-)

OK, then Today is the second best time to start looking for the right coach for your needs.

Think about it, ever see a true champion who doesn't have a coach? Not on your life.... Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan, even Beyonce and James Bond's Pierce Brosnan all have coaches, managers and agents.

What is a coach? By any number of names a good coach is a pro who spends time focusing on how to capitalize on their clients "gifts" and talents.

What is a great coach? A great coach is your partner in helping you grow and achieve your dreams and goals. The professional coach helps you remove obstacles, gives you feedback and suggestions for resources. The real coach does not "make your baskets for you" or give your speeches, but they might be there to cheer you on, critique or edit the speeches or presentations and serve as a mentor/friend/ guide to help you move farther, faster than you would otherwise do on your own.

A great coach helps you become more financially successful too, and should, in the first few sessions, assist you in identifying ways to generate more income, therefore the value added from the investment you make should have a high return.

Ever thought of becoming a coach? Do you have special memories of your finest hours, cheered on by your basketball or soccer coach? Aced a math or legal exam?

Chances are you have already benefited from the services of a specialized coach in sports or education. The Coaching profession, known by many handles over the milena, is evolving and has been a part of most of our lives.

Business and executive coaches are now numbering in the thousands and there are a number of professional organizations which are certifying coaches. There are certifications, too numerous to list here and that is a whole other article, and there are professional associations for coaches for business, sports, personal and life coaches too.

Here is info about two of the leading Coaches Professional Associations:

International Coach Federation And the World Association of Business Coaches (WABC)

The International Coach Federation (ICF) claims to be the largest worldwide resource for professional coaches, and the source for those who are seeking a coach.

"We are a nonprofit organization formed by individual members-professionals who practice coaching, including Executive Coaches, Leadership Coaches, Life Coaches and many more, from around the world.

Formed in 1995, today the ICF claims to be the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high professional standards, providing independent certification, and building a network of credentialed coaches. "We exist to support and advance the coaching profession through programs and standards supported by our members and to be an authoritative source on coaching information and research for the public. "

The World Association of Business Coaches, the WABC says: "We're the first international professional association dedicated exclusively to the business coaching industry and the only association of its kind with advanced membership standards based on business experience, coaching experience and client references. Since 1997 we've been serving business coaches and their clients."

Both organizations offer training and resources and have standards for professional conduct, standards of behavior and confidentiality. Most also offer some certifications and for a fee they provide the benefits and some prestige of being associated with others who consider themselves earnest professionals in the field. WABC also has extensive methods to resolve complaints, disagreements determine best practices.

Membership in a professional association is no guarantee that you will find a coach who is qualified to help you with your particular business goals, however it will be a great place to start to seek out qualified referrals. Always ask for references and check to find happy clients, or former clients who have traveled the trail you wish to walk.......or sail over.

At DeDominic & Associates, we have a number of successful business coaches that we have aligned our self with and highly recommend:

Dr. Adele Scheele is one of our nations most respected career and life coaches, with a PhD in change management, the former director of the Career Center at Cal State University at Northridge.

George Isaac focuses on investment capital for high growth and/or financially distressed businesses. Mr. Isaac has over twenty-five years of experience in business management for privately and publicly held companies. During the 1990's, Mr. Isaac had direct line responsibility as a Chief Executive Officer for a group of companies in manufacturing, commodity product brokerage, and commercial real estate. During the 1980's, he was a Management Consulting Partner in the Chicago Office of Deloitte & Touche, LLP, an international financial services and general management consulting firm. George earned both a BS in Industrial and Operations Engineering (1975) and an MBA, with distinction (1977), from the University of Michigan.

We are also fortunate to have relationships with leading business coaches who also volunteer for, the national resource for small business. These coaches can be reached via DeDominic & Associates for special projects or through the national SCORE website for cyber counseling which is always provided for free. These relationships have been formed over decades of experience and connection with these professionals, they are truly tested by time and years of successful experiences and positive outcomes.

See, there is no excuse.......

if you are a professional, destined for more success - you are probably ready for a professional coaching relationship.

Your coach is not your conscience nor a nag, but your professional coach can become your partner in success. Today is a great day to reach out and make the connection to the person who will help you soar above the crowds and achieve the business, personal and professional goals which will give you a richer, more fulfilling life.

Enjoy! Patty DeDominic, professional business coach,

Helping Achievers Soar!

former chair of the board, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Please call us if you would like more information or for a free half hour consultation on finding the right business or life coach for yourself or your team!

805 565 9967 in the USA, PST

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