Are you ready to transform how you lead and how you live - reaching the breakthrough that you need to experience your highest potential? Through a highly personalized and thought provoking coaching process, coaching is a partnership that supports self-awareness and motivation and challenges an individual or team to convert goals into reality.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Coaching begins with a personal interview (either face-to-face or by teleconference call) to assess the individual's or team's current opportunities and challenges, define the scope of the relationship, identify priorities for action and establish specific desired outcomes. Subsequent coaching sessions may be conducted in person or over the telephone, with each session lasting a previously established length of time. Between scheduled coaching sessions, the client may complete specific actions that support the achievement of the personally prioritized goals. The coach may provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments or models to support the individual's or team’s thinking and actions. The duration of the coaching relationship varies depending on needs and preferences.
Concepts, models and principles: A variety of concepts, models and principles drawn from the behavioral sciences, management literature, spiritual traditions and/or the arts and humanities may be incorporated into the coaching conversation to increase self-awareness and awareness of others, foster shifts in perspective, promote fresh insights, provide new frameworks for looking at opportunities and challenges, and energize and inspire forward actions.
Appreciative approach: Coaching incorporates an appreciative approach, grounded in what's right, what's working, what's wanted and what's needed to get there. Using an appreciative approach, the coach will model constructive communication skills and methods to enhance personal communication effectiveness. The coach will incorporate discovery-based inquiry, proactive (as opposed to reactive) ways of managing opportunities and challenges, constructive framing of observations and feedback to elicit the most positive responses from others, and visions of success as contrasted with focusing on problems. The appreciative approach is simple to understand and employ, and its reach can be profound, opening up new possibilities and spurring action.
Assessment tools: Assessments are often used to support the coaching process, depending upon the needs and circumstances of the individual or team. Assessments provide objective information that can enhance self-awareness, as well as awareness of others and their circumstances; provide a benchmark for creating coaching goals and actionable strategies; and offer a method for evaluating progress. I offer the following assessment tools to my clients:
Something urgent, compelling or exciting is at stake (a challenge, stretch goal or opportunity)
Recognized opportunity to increase social and emotional intelligence
A gap exists in knowledge, skills, confidence or resources
A desire to accelerate results
A lack of clarity with choices to be made
Success has started to become problematic
Work and life are out of balance, creating unwanted consequences
Core strengths need to be identified, along with how best to leverage them
A team that wishes to improve how they work together towards strategic objectives
COACHING IS NOT CONSULTING
While consulting approaches vary widely, the assumption is the consultant will diagnose problems and prescribe, and sometimes, implement solutions. With coaching, the assumption is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive and challenging, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
COACHING IS NOT MENTORING
A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on his or her own experience. Mentoring may include advising, counseling and coaching. The coaching process does not include advising or counseling, and focuses instead on individuals or groups setting and reaching their own objectives.
COACHING IS NOT TRAINING
Training programs are based on objectives set out by the trainer or instructor. Though objectives are clarified in the coaching process, they are set by the individual or team being coached, with guidance provided by the coach. Training also assumes a linear learning path that coincides with an established curriculum. Coaching is less linear without a set curriculum.
Our coaches are credentialed through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and strive to represent the highest quality of professional coaching by committing to the ICF Core Values of integrity, respect, excellence and collaboration and the International Coach Federation's ("ICF") Standards of Ethical Conduct which includes maintaining professional boundaries in the coaching relationship, including confidentiality.