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Q. What is the coaching process like?

We follow a four phase coaching process that includes assessment for self awareness and discovery, goal setting, action planning and one on one coaching. Learn more about our coaching process.

Q. How do people make time for a coach?

Coaching is a time commitment, as are any personal development activities. Our aim is to accelerate and put discipline around what one might try to do independently and individually. The gym analogy works well here.  Left on our own to get strength training, most put an hour in and break a sweat.  Working out with a trainer… you get your butt kicked. We don’t kick butts, but we understand you pay for results, so we use your time wisely for your benefit.

Q. How often would I typically meet with my coach?

Coaching sessions typically occur every other week; however we can always accommodate an impromptu sessions, should need arise.

Q. What’s the difference between a coach and a consultant?

As coaches we focus on helping clients explore and come up with the best choices and plans of action based on where they are at and where they want to be. We don’t tell you what to do or constantly give advice.  That said, based on our business and academic expertise, we are often asked to help with domain related (e.g. HR, Sales, Marketing) challenges.  In this case we will don our consultant hat and provide our perspective and advice.

Q. Are you a life coach?

Our goal is to take a client’s success to the next level by helping them recognize how to create positive change.  We specialize on change that improves professional or business outcomes; however, we don’t operate in a bubble and workplace challenges often “leak” into personal lives (and vice versa).  Our approach is holistic so if the conversation takes us to an area that impacts ones professional and personal life – we go there.

Q. Are our sessions confidential?

Every coaching session with us strictly confidential.

Q. Where did you get name Iron Coaching?

A. When Pat decided to open his coaching practice he was inspired by this quote come from the Bible. It’s Proverbs 27:17 – “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”