What is Coaching?
Coaching is a thought-provoking and creative partnership designed between a coach and client that inspires the client to maximize their personal and professional potential in a particular topic. It is judgement free and confidential.
Coaching utilizes personal strategic planning, strengths identification, values clarification, brainstorming, motivational inspiration, and other techniques. Coaches believe that you know the answers to every question or challenge you may have in your life, even if those answers appear to be obscured, concealed or hidden inside.
We know the right questions to ask and have the right tools and techniques to empower you to:
- Clarify what you want
- Identify and overcome obstacles
- Take action and learn
- Be accountable (based on your values and goals)
Coaching is not for the person who expects the Coach to do the work for them.
Things to Expect in a Coaching Session
1) Interruptions and pointed questions.
We may interrupt you, and we may ask direct, pointed questions. It’s important that we find the communication style that’s most effective for us as a team, and it’s essential that you feel heard in our discussion, and yet excessive politeness should not get in the way of real communication.
2) Suggestions and responses.
We may make some suggestions and you always have at least four responses to choose from: You can say “Yes,” say “No,” propose an alternative, or ask for time to think about it. Any feedback or advice that we provide can be thought of as a suggestion, and you always have the ability to accept it, reject it, modify it, or defer it.
3) Reflection and note-taking.
Coaching sessions shouldn’t feel like other conversations, in which both parties feel an obligation to “keep up.” At times we may pause to allow you to reflect or to choose where to go next, and at times you may pause to take some notes or gather your thoughts. We’ll take occasional notes to avoid being distracted by points we’re trying to remember or questions we’d like to raise later.
Consider this a warning…
YOU ARE GOING TO WRITE when you work with us.
Write what? You will be asked to write on a number of topics. Ex: How you feel about this process, what’s next for you, what’s working for you, what’s not, etc.
Not all of the homework we give to you will be writing, it might be reading, but reflection is key to this process. You will be in transition (if you aren’t already when you reach out to us) and writing during transition helps you get from the known to the unknown.
Now, if you are not a “writer” or “journal-er”, we are open to you using your other skills to express yourself instead. But express you will. And you will be asked to share your thoughts in session.
So if you aren’t willing to put in the work, no need to keep reading.