Life coaching emerged as a viable field perhaps 25 years ago, as the generally formal nature of psychotherapy proved inadequate in many cases to deal with the increasingly complex lives of the many people who needed help. That coincided with the increasing numbers of people who desired to enter the work force in a helping capacity but didn’t want to invest the time and money necessary to earn degrees and licensure in psychology.
Unfortunately life coaching has not earned a sterling reputation, due in great part to the fact that too many life coaches have a coaching certification but not the life experience, and breadth of client experience, to be optimally effective.
The most effective life coaches possess a number of essential skills. Here are a few:
It is this last element that all too many coaches lack. Demonstrated ability to succeed in the real world (whether professional, relational, or interpersonal) is a powerful signal that the coach hasn’t just learned a set of “one-size-fits-all” techniques (which is what most coaching programs teach), but can understand how to apply them successfully to the real world.
Most coaches focus on engaging and bringing to the fore hidden internal resources. For many clients this is an effective approach. But unfortunately in myriads of cases the internal resources are either insufficiently developed, blocked, or otherwise inaccessible.
I call myself a Life Consultant because I see the services that I offer as closer to what a consultant would provide as opposed to what a coach would. Broadly speaking, a consultant in the corporate world is brought in to help an organization tackle a problem that it has been unable to solve using its own resources. These organizations generally seek a different perspective and a set of specific knowledges and skills that can be applied to the problems being faced.
A coach, while similar to a consultant, focuses more on assessing the strengths of the organization and its members and then works to enhance them. So, if you know you have the strengths, skills, and qualities necessary to succeed but just don’t know how to harness them, a life coach is a great place to turn. If, though, you may need more in terms of objectivity and new approaches to solving the issues you are wishing to solve, I strongly urge you to look more in the direction of a consultant (like me!).
It was a pleasure working with Jim. His open-minded approach to exploring possibilities helped me see things I hadn't considered and created greater self-belief and financial reward. I am on track to doubling my income this year. His counsel on managing work and home-life have been of immense value.
Jim Weinstein is beyond a Career Counselor and Life Coach. Jim is an advocate, a motivator, and an amazing resource in your journey to improve your career and ultimately your life. Jim did more for me than I can explain in a brief review. Covid has made changing careers or returning to a former career very difficult, and that is exactly what I was trying to do. Jim got to work immediately, and we implemented his system. When I was in need of guidance, I had Jim. When I was getting frustrated, Jim was able to pick me up and push me forward. Jim never wavered in his support for me or in the system. He was always positive and his support is what allowed me to succeed. In the end, I ended up in the exact position I was looking for. On top of that, I had built a valuable framework of contacts that puts me ahead of the curve as I move into my new job. I cannot overstate how much I recommend working with Jim Weinstein if you are looking to better yourself and your career.
When I found myself at a crossroads both personally and professionally, I realized I needed someone to work with that had the expertise of a psychologist paired with business savy. This was a tall order. Jim turned out to be a perfect fit. I was over thinking my options and making things far more difficult and painful as I moved through a very important career transition. Jim's simple challenges gave me permission to experiment with ideas I had been toying with for years. That structure and seasoned guidance was just what I needed to jump in and start my own business. I'm happy to report - I haven't looked back since - though I have enjoyed continued coaching sessions with Jim as I face the new challenges that come with a growing business and balancing priorities. I highly recommend him for his focused direction, compassion and real world experience. He is clear, efficient and easy to work with.
Working with Jim was a refreshing and positive experience. As a first-timer to working with a coach, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Jim was spot-on in identifying the primary goals and we achieved them within the four weeks he had predicted. His great demeanor made the process effective and easy. Jim is truly delighted in the progress his clients make. This became clear when seeing the broad smile and satisfaction on his face when he realized we achieved our stated goals and that I had the tools to take the next step in my professional and personal success. He’s a great resource to have.
I’ve introduced Jim to many colleagues and friends - from recent college graduates to CEOs. In every instance, he’s offered sage advice, solid direction, compassionate support leading to superb results.
As an executive search/headhunter I have been lucky enough to partner with Jim on a number of occasions. I have referred several local and remote (Skype, etc.) mid-level to executive-level candidates to him who have reported back to me with rave reviews. Jim has also consulted with me whenever my executive search expertise has been a helpful element to his full-service thoughtful career advice he provides his clients. 100% class act and worth the investment.
I’ve helped clients from all over the greater D.C. area land their dream jobs and make successful career transitions. I’ve also taken on clients from across the United States and world in a virtual setting. In Washington, I counsel clients at my Dupont Circle office and at my home office in Alexandria, although due to COVID I am only conducting virtual sessions presently.Contact Jim