Questions for Fellows Seeking a Coach

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Questions for Fellows Seeking a Coach

What is the process to get a coach?


To get a coach, first read this FAQ. Then complete the application here.
Once the application is submitted, we will begin to find the best-fit coach for you. This might take a couple of weeks. Please be patient. Sometimes coaches are traveling and cannot respond immediately. After the coach lets us know that he or she would like to coach you, we send you the coach’s bio. When we get your thumbs up, we connect the two of you for an introductory conversation. It is in this conversation, that the two of you will decide to move forward or not. If you feel that the match will not work, we will re-start the process.

What is the distinction between a coach and a mentor?


A coach’s job is to help you expand your way and scope of thinking. Your coach asks you questions and provides feedback that encourages you to shed light on blind spots and to understand in new ways. This creates more options to consider and from which to choose in order to create a longer reach, more effective strategy, and satisfying outcomes. Coaching focuses helping you become the person you want to develop into in order to do what it is you hope to do.

A mentor’s job is to train you in a specific skill or mind set such as leadership, team building, fundraising, business model generation, financial strategy, branding, strategic planning, board development, and so on. They will give you particular guidance in support of the goal or project you are attempting to accomplish. Mentoring focuses on the doing – taking action.

What is the distinction between coaching, therapy, and consulting?


Coaching is a conversation that focuses on you: expanding your perspective, choices, and capacity for action as a whole, healthy person. The coaching experience expands how you observe the world in which you live, the work in which you engage, and the relationships in which you participate. Therapy is a conversation focused on healing pain usually caused by something in the past, which might include trauma, abuse, or abandonment. Consulting can be conversation or action. It is based in the ‘how to’ perspective. Consultants, like mentors, bring specific knowledge to either perform specific tasks or to provide information so that another person can complete the task.

If I am at a crossroads, considering disbanding the business, or am starting anew, is it appropriate to apply for a coach?


Yes. These are the times when we find coaching to be indispensible. Some coaches crave the opportunity to help their ‘coachees’ create from a blank slate or think about a crossroads in a different way or help close a venture in order to start anew.

What is the eligibility period for an Unreasonable Fellow to receive Unreasonable Coaching?


We consider our Fellows, Unreasonable Fellows for life. Therefore, at any time after or during your participation in the program, you can apply for coaching. This also means that if you want to continue coaching beyond the allotted 12-session engagement, you are welcome to do so.

Is there a limit to the pro-bono coaching an Unreasonable Fellow can receive?


No. We cover the initial costs of matching you to a coach which is approximately $675.  The 12 pro-bono sessions with your coach are worth approximately $5000. Once you complete a 12-session pro-bono engagement with a coach, you can apply for additional coaching. This can be with your original coach (if the coach agrees) or with a different coach in this case you would only pay the cost of finding and matching you to a new coach ($675).

What are some of the typical challenges for which Fellows seek coaching?


Requests vary depending upon the need. Here are some of the more common ones:

  • Leadership and presence
  • Team building
  • Decision making
  • Strategic thinking & planning
  • Prioritizing and managing time
  • Communication & conflict resolution
  • Developing confidence
  • Work – Life balance
  • Speaking and presentation skills
  • Building sustainable networks and alliances
  • Making requests and creating agreements
  • Figuring out what’s next
  • Practical how to’s
  • Professional loneliness
  • Stress & burnout

What is safe to talk about with my coach? What will my coach tell others?


You can talk about anything with your coach. Before becoming an Unreasonable Coach, he or she agrees to adhere to the Code of Ethics developed by the International Coach Federation. You can read it here. In your introductory conversation with the coach, please discuss what you would like the coach to talk about in order to promote your good work or to make connections that might benefit you.

What are the qualifications for someone to be an Unreasonable Coach?


Unreasonable coaches are required to have a minimum of 1250 hours and five years of coaching experience with entrepreneurs. They might not have direct business experience, however, they have the ability to think like an entrepreneur, be adaptable, identify inconsistencies, roadblocks, and blind spots, and listen beyond words.

What are the key commitments required of me in order to receive Unreasonable Coaching?


  • Please read this FAQ in full and then complete the Unreasonable Coaching application on the website. Be as detailed, honest, and forthcoming as possible to help us understand your circumstances and your coaching needs.
  • Keep the promises you make to your coach
  • Without exception, inform the coach at least 24 hours prior to your session, if you need to reschedule your session
  • Inform the coach and the Unreasonable Institute when you need to take a break from coaching – do not disappear without notice
  • Notify the coach if you are leaving the coaching engagement
  • Be on time, prepared, and present for your sessions
  • Never ask the coach for services, favors, money, gifts, or anything outside of the coaching relationship
  • Respond to emails and requests from your coach or the Unreasonable Coaching team within 48 hours

Do we have to sign an agreement in order to be coached?


You can find the Unreasonable Coaching Agreement (LINK pending) on our website. We prefer that you use this agreement instead of one that you might use with private clients.

May my team members and employees also receive pro-bono coaching?


Because of the high demand, only those members of your organization that attended the Unreasonable East Africa Institute in Kampala are eligible to receive pro-bono coaching.

Are there circumstances in which this gift of coaching can be revoked?


Yes. These include: consistently re-scheduling your appointments without indication of your commitment to the coaching relationship, missing more than two coaching sessions without notifying your coach in advance, being disrespectful, rude, or abusive towards the coach, and attempting to transfer the pro-bono coaching sessions to someone who has not attended the Unreasonable Institute.

What do I need to do to get started?


You can submit the application found here. If you haven’t received Unreasonable Coaching previously, you will be scheduled for a half-hour interview to ensure a clear understanding for what you are seeking.