The Kamis Group

 Strategies for Leadership and Life

 

Executive Coaching

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What does an executive coach do?

An executive coach is a co-creative partner that will help you navigate change and better accomplish your personal and professional goals.  Your coach will provide various tools and techniques to engage you on a deeper level.  Through exercises and conversation, your coach will help you gain self-awareness, recognize core conflicts and identify blind spots.  As a result, you will uncover alternate strategies, new perspectives and creative, more effective alternatives to achieve your goals. 

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Why hire an executive coach?

Executive coaching is a powerful process that allows you to more effectively overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.  It increases the likelihood of your success and accelerates your progress.  Executive coaching allows you to more effectively navigate an increasingly complex business environment -- ultimately making you a better leader.  Your coach is a partner who helps you think through issues, expand your awareness of options, reveal blind spots and help shift recurring patterns that limit you.  In summary, your coach will guide you to identify your goals, become aware of the obstacles/barriers to obtaining those goals, find solutions to the obstacles, find reasons to believe in yourself, tap your true potential, and celebrate your successes along the way.  Coaching advances highly functional executives into extraordinary leadership positions.

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Why should I hire The Kamis Group?

Because Russ Kamis is a trained, certified executive coach with extensive real-world leadership experience.  He has coached senior executives at numerous companies of all sizes in many different industries.  Russ brings over twenty years of business experience (seven as CEO of a $100 million company), an MBA in strategy from the Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management (graduated “top of class”), and many meaningful real-life experiences.  Further, he receives coaching himself and continually invests in education and training while pursuing personal introspective work to better serve others.

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What happens during a coaching session?
At the beginning of the coaching relationship, specific goals are mutually established.  We meet in person or on the phone weekly for one hour.  The call begins by doing an “update” regarding your current situation, results from actions taken, and identifying any specific “real time” issues you are facing or want to work on.  Our discussions will then revolve around these items with a thematic focus on the results and goals originally established.  Specific tools and models will often be employed during the coaching session to assist you in gaining new perspective and awareness around your issues.  Experiential exercises may also be employed including role play and homework may be agreed to.

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How is coaching different from mentoring or consulting?

Mentoring is a process where specific knowledge and expertise are transferred from mentor to mentee.  Consulting is a process where advisory services and expertise are given with the sole intent of improving business performance and results.  Unlike mentoring and consulting, coaching is a process where you explore, identify and clarify your needs and issues for yourself.  The coach will guide you in finding you own solutions and courses of action that leverage your personal wisdom and are right for you. 

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How can I be assured that what I tell you does not come back to hurt me?

Confidentiality is the foundation of a successful coaching relationship and trust is essential for engaging in meaningful discussion and thoroughly exploring issues.  Although coaches are hired by the corporate client to get results, the company agrees to complete confidentiality in the process and understands that privacy is essential to achieving results.  However, you are free to specify that your employer have access to certain information relating to goal progress, issue-specific resolution etc.  This is entirely up to you.

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Why is coaching more effective than talking with a mentor, peer or friend?

In general, mentors, peers and friends have difficulty being unbiased and are not trained to address persistent patterns and issues. People untrained in coaching will usually give advice that is right for them, but not necessarily right for you.  In fact, they may have interests that, consciously or unconsciously, conflict with your goals and slow your progress.  Experience shows that even seasoned executives often lack the training needed to develop others into leaders.  A coach will actively manage the balance between:  helping you grow versus challenging your patterns, supporting you versus holding you accountable – all to maximize your progress to your goals.

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Are personal issues also discussed or just professional concerns?

The unique feature of a coaching relationship is that it can delve into any area of your life.  While executive coaching tools are designed to identify behavior patterns in your work life, these patterns are intrinsic to who we are and follow us wherever we go.  So coaching can leverage issues at home to improve work and vice versa provided the client is open to it.

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How is coaching different than therapy?

While coaching can be personal, it is not therapy.  Coaching sometimes incorporates elements of psychology and may, as part of the process, analyze underlying beliefs and thought patterns. However, coaching is about achieving results while therapy typically is concerned with diagnoses and treatment.  Coaching is built around taking action and reaching goals while therapy concentrates on psychological dysfunction.  Coaching is about looking forward and therapy is about analyzing the past.  The coach recognizes his/her limitations and will not do therapy.  If the coach suspects that such services are need they will suggest the client pursue such help. 

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Describe a typical client?

Business executives and leaders are the typical client.  This includes presidents, CEOs, business owners, professionals and their senior executive teams.  The Kamis Group works with medium to large companies in a wide variety of industries. (Click here for testimonials).  Programs offered typically fit the unique needs of executives who are either at the top of their game personally and professionally and want to stay there; or executives who are facing issues and navigating change. 

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Can anyone be coached?

No, not all executives can be coached.  To be coached, a client must demonstrate that they are committed to personal growth, open to new ideas and willing to change.

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How do we begin a coaching relationship?
Initial background data is collected prior to the first coaching meeting.  This can include profiling assessments (360-degree Feedback Survey, DISC, Myers-Briggs, Herman Brain Dominance Indicator, etc.), interviews (with peers, team members and managers.) and/or company-specific research.  To get a better picture of your life as a whole and the areas of development you wish to focus on, surveys are also employed.  Initial background information is the topic of discussion early in the coaching relationship and is used to establish goals and a development plan.

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How are coaching sessions scheduled?

Executive coaching programs typically consist of a series of regular meetings. They start with an initial consultation lasting approximately three to four hours. Subsequent meetings are weekly and last 50 minutes being either in person or by phone.  At least once every 30 - 60 days, a face-to-face meeting takes place.  This can be during a regular coaching session or a half-day session (typically held quarterly.)  All executives have unlimited access via email.  Every program is tailored to achieve specific goals of the client and the final format is customized to best achieve the individual’s needs and personal constraints.

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How long does a coaching relationship last?

Executive coaching programs are typically 6 - 12 months long.  Six months represents the minimum time necessary to explore issues and fully integrate changes in thinking and/or behavior.  The relationship can continue longer as appropriate.  After regular coaching sessions are complete, periodic follow-up sessions can be scheduled as needed.

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How much do you charge?

Since each program is customized based on the desired objective, costs vary. Fees for initial programs range between $2,500 to $5,000 per month based on objectives.  Pricing based on value ensures that the client’s coaching objectives are met while it generates a substantial return on the coaching investment for the company..

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The Kamis Group

Strategies for Leadership & Life

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