Coaching involves working with someone to deal with an unresolved issue. That issue can be anything, including but not limited to the following:
Coaching is NOT about me telling you what to do - it's about helping you to realize the innate power and confidence you've had all along. My role is to guide and shepherd.
Once we get further into the career exploration journey, I often help my clients address:
People with less than ten years of experience are usually one or more of the following: Individual contributors, first-time managers, pre-graduate school, or recent graduates, who have held one or many jobs.
For these individuals, typical coaching topics include:
-Finding the right career path
-MBA/Masters/Grad School considerations and applications -Understanding job search strategy and tactics (i.e., applications, interviewing, networking, resume, and offer negotiation)
People with 10-20 years of experience are often senior individual contributors, managers, or managers of managers, and can be either established in their careers or looking to make a shift.
As a result, much of our coaching is focused on:
-Aligning what you value most to the jobs, companies, and industry that have what you value
-Work-Life Balance (i.e. family, career growth, school, etc.)
-Feedback and perceptions from direct reports, bosses, customers, and other stakeholders
These are individuals who are senior executives (C-level), entrepreneurs or have more than 20 years of experience. This group often faces challenges of running an organization or being a key leadership team member.
Most of our coaching work is often centered on:
-Life coaching around what matters most
-Processing feedback from customers, direct reports, the market, etc.
-Thinking through personnel questions (hiring, firing, mentoring, coaching, etc.)
If you're interested in proceeding, we have two ways to do so:
Test-drive the car before you take it off the lot!
I will send you an intake form so I can better understand what you are working on, then we will spend 45 minutes in a live session discussing a topic you'd like to be coached on. This session also gives you a chance to decide for yourself if there’s a fit (style, questions, interactions, subject matter expertise, etc.)
The cost for an introductory session is $175, of which I will donate $50 to the charity of your choice upon session completion.
You're ready for this? Fantastic!
My typical coaching process involves 45-minute coaching sessions spaced out every two weeks. Gaps of more than two weeks between sessions usually diminish the accountability of the coachee and effectiveness of our check-in's.
My minimum required commitment is ten sessions (approximately five months). We also can do sessions more frequently, depending on what you need.
The cost of ongoing sessions is $375 per month.
I offer a 20% discount for full-time students (both undergraduate and graduate), non-profit professionals, and transitioning military individuals and milspouses. Please mention this during your initial outreach and send proof to be eligible!
For these groups, the trial session is $140, and the ongoing coaching relationship is $300 per month (for two 45-minute sessions).
The answer depends on where you are in your career and what unresolved questions you have. If you can't answer some of these questions below, then coaching might be for you.
Early Career Professionals
-How do I take my knowledge and ambition and apply it to all of the options I'm considering?
-How do I plan my next steps to find a career I love?
-I'm not enjoying my current job - where do I need to be, and how do I get there?
-How do I build my career on my existing successes or stop and start anew?
-What are the topics for which I am consistently recognized as doing great work?
-How do I manage teams or myself better?
Senior Executives, Business Leaders, and Entrepreneurs
-How do I lead teams in complex organizations or my own business?
-Am I genuinely self-aware of how people perceive me?
-What drives me on a daily basis?
-What will this awareness help me do with teams, customers, or others?
Everyone's journey is going to be different. Some coachees arrive with a clear idea of what they want and simply lack the how to get there. Others don't know why they should pursue something or have not found the end destination. My coachees gain clarity on what's important to them or new ways of looking at information, which I call "wrinkles in the brain."
There are also tangible things you'll take away, including a wide variety of tools that are designed to identify different ideas, including but not limited to:
Wheel of Life activity
How are you doing in all facets of your life? What needs to change?
Personal Values List
What actually matters to you? How are any of the activities in your life (work, hobbies, family, friends, health, etc.) aligned to what you value?
Lifetime Activity Map
An exercise designed to identify patterns in your life/working history. The kinds of places you thrive in, the kinds of people you love to work with, activities that deeply frustrate you, etc.
Target Company/Role List
How do you identify what kinds of organizations (corporate, nonprofit, academic, or government) and roles are the best fit for you? Why?
This is a fantastic question. I've been the beneficiary of three amazing executive coaches in my professional life.
The first helped me calm my hyperactive brain and fast-talking self.
The second helped me conclude that HR, Recruiting, and Talent Management were passions of mine.
And the third enabled me to move from consulting to the HR technology world.
And through all of those hard conversations and tough questions, they never told me what to do. They helped me discover what was locked away inside my head and heart all along. Coaching is not about someone else telling you what to do - it's all about you pushing all the self-imposed obstacles and barriers aside to find clarity.
I've interviewed for and accepted job offers at LinkedIn, Deloitte Consulting, Slalom Consulting, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, and SAP SuccessFactors, with offers from other companies as well. I understand the power of networks and how to distinguish oneself in making your candidacy known to employers.
For a story on how career clarity helped me find my then-dream job at LinkedIn, see my post on LinkedIn from 2017.
"AF" means "as f*ck" and is an expression used (often by millennials) to mean "very" or "really."
As in, "that concert was fun af," or really fun.
For you non-millenials, AF simply stands for my initials (Aaron Fung).