The most important thing I have to remember now as an Executive Coach is to,
"Coach the person, not the problem."
As a lifelong learner, game player, and entrepreneur, solving riddles and complex challenges is my favorite thing to do. The biggest difference between a consultant and a coach is that a consultant gets paid to have really good answers and a coach gets paid to have really good questions. I only work with my coaching clients every other week for an hour. That means the work we do in those sixty minutes has to resonate for 13 days and 23 hours before we come back together again. Answers don't show the work or help my clients understand how they got there and that they can do it again.
My first executive coach did the exact opposite of this and ended up being the reason I quit my job.