Coaching is an ongoing dialogue between two people where the focus is on the client’s personal and professional goals and objectives. There is regular communication between coach and client for an agreed upon number of sessions per month.
My coaching relationships move through four stages:
- Discovery and Assessment
- Clarification of Gaps
- Action Planning
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In the initial conversations with a new client, I probe and listen to the client and understand his/her goals for the coaching. If we determine there is a good match, I may also suggest one of several assessments, which will support our initial discussions and will help us provide structure to our collaborations. These assessments will help us gain insight into the client’s goals, self-awareness, and even his/her strengths on the job. Occasionally, we may also choose to utilize the 360 degree feedback assessment to gather input from others in the organization. I approach our ~60 minute calls as a jumping off point for our collaborations. At various times throughout our work together, I may make recommendations that will support the client’s personal and/or professional development – sometimes this will be a book or a workshop/program or someone they may wish to contact to further their development. There is no shortage of opportunities to immerse oneself in a chapter of growth, learning, and personal/professional expansion in our work together. Clients can choose how much they wish to engage in this outside of our structured calls.
What is Coaching?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) states that coaching is about “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” And I say that it is a collaborative relationship like no other, where the sole focus is the client’s fulfillment, according to their own definition.
I have been coaching for almost two decades and in all that time, I still say to my clients initially: “this is a relationship that you have no template for, and one that is unique in your life.”
A coaching relationship is unique, and so are you. There is nobody else like you, and my job is to help you see your uniqueness and to come up with ways to leverage that uniqueness in ways that have you get what you want and feel satisfied in your life.