What is a coach?
As a coach, I am someone who asks deep and meaningful questions to help my clients arrive at profound answers to the biggest problems and opportunities in their career and life. I am trained in the arts of active listening and inquiry, psychology and neurobiology. I also have studied a host of scientifically proven techniques that guide my clients to tap into inner resources to think innovately and solve highly complex problems in their lives and careers.

How does a coaching relationship work?
I summarized how coaching works on this page.

What’s the difference between therapy and consulting and coaching?
Therapy is useful, but is back-ward looking and focused on healing past trauma. Consulting also has its place, but consultants are paid to provide subject matter expertise beyond what a client already knows. Coaches, on the other hand, are not focused on providing advice. Coaches focus on supporting client in arriving at their own best and appropriate solutions, and maintain forward-looking outlook for how a client wants things to be in the future, regardless of what happened in the past.

I’m not an executive, is coaching right for me?
I work with motivated people who are looking to take their careers and lives to the next level. While some of my clients are executives, many are not (yet), but aspire to be in the future. I also work with some clients who are satisfied with their careers but are looking to gain more balance and strength in other parts of their lives.

I’m already great at what I do, I don’t need a coach! Do I?
Some of the most successful people in the world – in business, in sports, in the arts – work with coaches. Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey; they all work with coaches to improve their performance in their business, career, health or some other aspect of their life. You would be surprised how many world leaders have the support of coaches behind the scenes.

My career is just fine, but I want to focus on coaching to help other aspects of my life. Do you do that?
Absolutely. While most of my clients are interested in advancing their career and/or growing their businesses, several are more focused in getting work/life balance or regaining a profound sense of health and wellness. Our lives are multi-dimensional and our goals shift over time, and my work takes that into consideration.

How do we meet?
All of my coaching sessions are conducted using phone/Skype and web conferencing software. Technology has evolved to the point where meeting virtually is not just doable, but often preferable for clients, and the online tools I use (e.g. virtual whiteboards) make it seem like we are in the same room.

Shouldn’t we meet in person?
Ironically, I’ve found (and many seasoned coaches agree) that virtual meetings are not just effective, but they are more effective in many cases. Not only does driving to an office waste significant time commuting, but meeting virtually allows the client (you!) to be in a comfortable and familiar setting and not worry about looking at your coach and misreading their body language. Instead, you may put all your focus and energy into coaching exercises and working through whatever you need to work through during the coaching session.

Is coaching really worth the cost?
Corporations spend over $1Billion annually on executive coaching for their senior-most employees. Harvard Business School, Forbes Magazine and several other independent organizations have found significantly high returns on investment from coaching. A recent global survey by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Association Resource Centre found that the mean Return on Investment in coaching was 7 times the initial investment, and over a quarter of coaching clients reported a stunning ROI of 10 to 49 times the cost. Ultimately, you will have to be judge in terms of the benefit you get as there are different ways to measure your return on investment (e.g. in terms of increased income, more free time, and/or higher quality of living to name a few ways of measuring). However, one thing is clear, coaching is worth it.

Can’t I just learn this stuff from a book?
People learn in different ways, however the most powerful learning happens when what is learned is actually applied through action over time. Unfortunately, just reading a book isn’t enough, the application of this knowlege is needed. Also, the benefit of a coach is to provide objective feedback based on progres made over time. This is tough to achieve by reading a book alone. Finding someone to help with accountabilty and evolving what you are being taught over time (based on your progress) is critical. This is where a coach can be an invaluable resource.

I don’t have a lot of free time. How can I fit this into my schedule?
All my coaching sessions are done remotely, at a time convenient to you. There is bound to be a time of the week that will work out. All of my clients find that despite dedicating an hour a week (or every other week) to a coaching session, they get back many more hours in free time as the simple by-product of having more focused goals and commitments. It’s not uncommon for clients to see 20-50% increases in productivity at work based on just a handful of focused coaching sessions. What would you do with 20-50% more free time?

How long does it take to see results?
Most clients will begin to see progress in the first session alone! However, you will see compounded results and the biggest breakthroughs over the course of 5-10 sessions.

Are our coaching discussions confidential?
Yes. All coaching sessions are 100% confidential.

If I’m not happy, can I get a refund?
Absolutely. I offer a 100% money-back guarantee. Though, I’m sure this won’t be necessary.

What makes you, Ravi, qualified to coach me?
I’ve worked for 14 years as a senior leader at one of the most esteemed technology companies in the world, Microsoft Corporation. I lead teams at the corporate headquarters creating and engineering new products, as well as in strategy and product management roles. In addition, I’ve undergone extensive training through Anthony Robbins Companies, executive coach training through Erickson College and yoga and mediation training through The Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Institute. All of this experience comes to bear in my approach to coaching and supporting my clients in their breakthroughs.

I live another time zone, and travel a lot, will it still make sense for us to work together?
I work with clients who live and travel throughout the world. We can work something out.

Who do you coach?
My client list is confidential, however the majority work in the Technology Industry in a variety of technical or business roles. Most are junior managers or aspiring leaders who wish to join the executive ranks in the near future. I’m also working with a few entrepreneurs working in non-technical fields. The one common thread is that all of my clients are motivated at improving the quality of their careers, grow their business and create even more happiness and balance throughout their lives overall.

I don’t work in the technology industry, would you still work with me?
Sure. My main requirement is that all clients remain committed to personal growth and improvement. If you are motivated and want to advance your career, grow your business and build a robust and well-rounded lifestyle for yourself, we would be a good fit to work together.