Professional Coaching for Positive Change

“Coaches help their clients identify missing career skills or leadership style difficulties, overlooked areas of thinking,  and other pragmatic elements that make a huge difference and lead to more successful lives.” 

New York Times

“….many companies offer, and even require, professional coaching as a prerequisite for proven managers, with the understanding that everyone benefits from a detached, but interested and intelligent helper.” 

Harvard Business Review


“Coaching takes a holistic view of the individual: Work, corporate values, personal needs and career development are made to work in synergy, not in competition with one another.” 

British Journal of Admin. Management



NOTE:  Coaching does not address mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD or personality disorders, which are better referred to licensed therapists.  For issues such as these please refer to our Counseling Pages.

Coaching, unlike counseling, is a tool people often use to help them get from where they are to where they want to be in life, career or business. Coaching is very popular in corporate settings around the world where an “executive coach” helps managers and other business leaders deal with change, develop new management styles, make more globally-based decisions, become more effective in their position, cope with their hyperactive lifestyles, and deal with stress. Executive coaches work with people in business to help them move from where they are to a level at which they are more competent, fulfilled, and self-confident than they might otherwise have been.  Coaching, though, is not limited to the business or executive sphere of life.  Many people engage a coach simply to help them get past a difficult passage in life or navigate a transition.  Coaches value confidentiality above all, honor the client's values and vision, and seek only to help you get where you want to go.

Coaching is a series of conversations.  It focuses less on overcoming weaknesses and more on building skills and strengths. Usually the coaching relationship is less formal than the counselor/client relationship; it is a partnership between two equals, one of whom has experience, perspectives and skills or knowledge that can be useful to the other, and a method by which the other can access those assets.  In summary, coaches guide people from where they are toward the greater competence and fulfillment they desire. Christian coaching is the art and practice of working with a person or group in the process of moving from where they are to where God wants them to be.  But whatever your religious, social or political persuasion, coaching is a way to the success you hope to achieve.

What Happens in Coaching?

Coaching is client-centered, goal-directed and deeply relational. Every coaching situation is unique, but each usually begins by exploring the issues the client wants to change and framing the vision for a positive future.


"In what particular area does he or she want to grow? Perhaps she desires to be a better leader, a better self-manager, or someone with a clearer perspective about where to go in the future. It may be that he is feeling stuck in his job and needs to explore the options in an organized and methodical way.  The client defines the subject of the conversation and the coach, mostly using questions, keeps the conversation moving along and identifies the important elements that lead to change."   


A coach will help you figure out where you stand at present. What are your strengths, weaknesses, abilities, interests, passions, spiritual gifts, values, worldview, etc.? Often a coach will use assessment tools to enable you to learn more about yourself. Then comes vision. a coach will assist you in formulating a life-vision or life-mission statement. Your coach might ask, for example, “Considering your gifts, abilities, driving passions, and unique God-given personality, what is your life mission?” It takes time to answer a question like that, but without a clear vision, people, organizations, even governments tend to drift with no direction.  That question can be the subject of an ongoing, meaningful conversation that leads you to a real resolution about where you need to go.  Your coach will almost never advise or tell you what you should do in a given situation.  Rather, he or she will ask questions, remind you of what you’ve said before and direct the conversation so that your own ideas, purposes, passions and values emerge.


A coach will help you set meaningful “SMART” goals and plan ways to reach them.  Each coaching conversation is tied to the previous one by action items that prepare you to move forward to a new step.  When obstacles get in the way, your coach will challenge, encourage, and give accountability so you can get past the obstacles and experience success.  A coach can help you remove the blinders, allowing you to see what you may not recognize and give support as you move forward. For Christians, our coaches are there for you, prayerfully listening to your concerns and asking questions that will give you clarity on your situation, get you past your own blockages, realize your God-given potential, and challenge you to be your best.  Whatever your religious or spiritual perspective, though, a coach can help you take the next step toward personal accomplishment, happiness and success

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Positive Change:  Sometimes those words seem like two opposites, strangely connected in a random phrase.  For many people, change is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of positive things.  For many people, families and organizations change is not positive, because it brings discomfort, discord, dysfunction and division.  We know it doesn’t have to be that way.  And we instinctively believe there must be a way to manage change that brings us to a place of agreement, comfort and unity.  But finding that way can be a daunting task.


The Banyan Group  is a private, independently organized non-profit practice, dedicated to counseling, coaching and consulting, always with a view to managing change in such a way as to bring positive, helpful and hopeful results.  


Perhaps you're visiting our website as part of a search for help in your personal life; or for direction in your career; or maybe as part of a search for help answering some particular questions about the structure, leadership or management of your church or non-profit organization.  The Banyan Group provides resources from a wide range of experience and expertise, seeking to add value to what you are already doing in any or all of these areas.  We believe in being helpers, not in "reinventing the wheel.”  We seek to help our clients discover the missing piece, whether by counseling, coaching or consultation, to get their life, their career or their organization to a place of positive change.  


We invite you to explore our site and learn more about the services we offer. As you seek assistance, it is important that you are always well informed and an active participant in your journey toward positive change. We welcome questions and invite you to contact us about the process and our work together.

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