Frequently Asked Questions about Coaching
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Commonly asked questions about what it means to enter into a coaching relationship or about working together with Lynn Dessert as your coach.

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What is the difference between counselling or therapy, consulting and coaching?
Therapy often involves psychological problems and is focused on identifying and resolving past issues that interfere with day-to-day functioning. The therapist is in the lead role of the relationship.

In consulting, a consultant provides their unbiased expertise and advice to the client. The consulting relationship is directive and performance driven with specific consultant deliverables. The consultant plays the lead role in the relationship guiding or teaching the client as the expert.

Coaching is grounded in that the person coming into the relationship does not need to be “fixed” and is on a pathway for improving or moving forward their personal or professional agenda. The coach’s role is to support that movement and to not get in the way by leading or providing direction. The client is in the lead role and identifies what is most important.

Is coaching right for me?
If you are looking to grow professionally or personally to achieve specific goals or outcomes, then coaching may be for you.

Take the Coaching Readiness Assessment to help determine if you have got what it takes successfully work with a coach.

How do you select a coach?
  1. Is your coach certified? Check to see if your coach is certified by an independent organization that requires training, coaching time and coaching supervision before undergoing a testing process. This is form of certification is rigorous and ensures that your coach has either a basic, professional or master level of skill.
  2. Does your coach specialize in the area you want coaching in? Having a coach who is experienced in the area you want to work on because they know what powerful questions to ask.
  3. Does your coach know your industry or business? Great coaches will pick up the lingo and model of your business quickly. In fact, sometimes it is better that they don’t know your business so that your thinking is challenged more often.

Bottom line: It is better to have a great coach who uses their skills no matter what areas or industry they work in. Great coaches will refer if they believe they are not a good fit.

How long will you need to work with a coach?
The length of time you work with a coach is dependent on a number of factors:

  1. What is your starting point?
  2. Where do you want to go?
  3. How fast do you want to get there?

Short-term outcomes are accomplished in three to six months, sometimes less. Long-term or multiple pronged outcomes span six to eighteen months.

I have clients who work with me for awhile, take a break and then come back to establish new outcomes.

How much does coaching cost?
Rates for coaching vary across the industry. Here are some factors that may affected their fee structure:

  1. Level of  professional training and credentialing
  2. Actual coaching time experience
  3. In-person vs. by phone/Skype
  4. Level of individual (company sponsored)
  5. Type of coaching – Life vs. Career vs. Leadership vs. Executive vs. Business

My coaching fees can be found at these pages:



How do I get started?

Three Easy Steps to Moving Forward

Looking for a private coach? Here’s how to get started:

  1. Take the Coaching Readiness Assessment to see if you are ready to work with a coach!
  2. Review and select the coaching program that works for you:
  3. Contact Lynn about a introductory strategy session to get started!


Who do you work with?
My clients have been executives, vice-presidents, provosts, doctors, directors, managers or someone just out of college and they have one thing in common – they are high achievers in their own right. They have a vision of where they want to go. They are capable, smart and instinctively know they may need a little help along the way.

The companies I work with view coaching as a development opportunity. Coaching is an investment in shaping their future leaders or helping them to be more successful in expanded roles.

Where are your clients based?
I have worked with clients from all over the world – from the United States, Europe, the Middle and Far East. Typically, coaching sessions are by phone or SKYPE.

Company executive programs include some in person sessions. I am available to travel world-wide for coaching projects.

What are your areas of coaching specialty?
I work in three areas:

  1. Executive coaching in organizations. My sweet spot is the C-Suite level reporting to the President in large organizations or the top level in smaller and mid-size organizations. Lately, I have had a number of coaching engagements in medical and academia (university) verticals.
  2. Leadership coaching for high potential employees and fast trackers in companies who do not have a formal leadership development program because of company size.
  3. Career coaching for private individuals. My career coaching does not focus on the basics.


What is your training and background for coaching?

There are three major areas of my background that are important:

Training, Certifications and Education

Lynn Dessert - Master Certified CoachI am credentialed as a Neuro Linguistic Programming Coach and Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. I have over2500+verified hours of coaching time with internal and external clients. I am certified to administer and deliver feedback in many assessment tools. I hold the following degrees: B.A. in Social Work and M.B.A in Management.

Areas of Expertise

During the early part of m corporate career I worked in Operations and moved into a Human Resources role. I was selected to be a part of a High Potential Employee Program and rose quickly to the Vice President level, touching each aspect of the Human Resources discipline.


I had responsibility for leadership development, executive coaching, organizational development, HR operations, labor relations,  compensation and benefits and generalist oversight. I left in 2000 to start my own firm specializing in leadership and organizational development work.

Industry and Business Knowledge 

Because of the fast tract nature of my own professional growth, I have been fortunate to work in a number of industries and businesses:  education, financial services, pharmaceuticals, biotech, high technology, chemical, professional services, technical services and manufacturing. 

How do you get started working with me privately?
There are three things I recommend you review before contacting me. Why? It’s all about you doing the basic research and then we can concentrate on YOU.

  1. Review the coaching programs available which includes details about the number of sessions, length of time and payment options.
  2. Complete the Coaching Readiness Assessment. Even if you know you are ready, the assessment asks you questions that will help us during our first conversation.

Once you have done those first two steps, you are ready for the final step:

  1. Schedule your complimentary strategy coaching session. We will spend one half hour in a coaching format where we will identify the outcomes you want in a coaching relationship.  Think of it as our strategy session to focus on what’s most important to you. After that half hour, we’ll talk about the coaching program options that you reviewed in the first step.
Do you have any recommendations?
The best place for you to review my recommendations besides on this website is through LinkedIn. You can view them here: www.linkedin.com/in/lynndessert/
What companies have you worked with in the past?
Some of the companies and organizations I have worked in the past include:

Lynn was instrumental in helping me realize what I wanted to do next in my career. I came to her with scrambled thoughts and an idea of where I wanted to go, but no clear path on how I could get there. Her insights made me think deeply about where I want to take my career and she helped me develop the tools I need to create my path. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is seeking for clear and focused guidance exploring his or her professional options.

Lynn, your consistent, positive reinforcement of my value proposition kept my confidence high and motivated me to move forward; and your encouragement truly made the process most enjoyable. Thank you!

Mariela Rodriguez

Doctoral Student at the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology