My approach to coaching is to use a proven system customized to your executive’s personal needs, learning style, goals, and preferences. The program includes regular meetings, structured exercises, regular email accountability check-ins and brief phone calls (as needed).
My coaching program includes five non-linear phases:
Phase 1: Discover
Together, we’ll clarify and define the executive’s vision by exploring values, interests, and goals. During this phase, we’ll identify and focus on what the leader loves to do and wants most from work – and by extension, life. I’ll take the coachee through a series of exercises designed to help discover their true wants and needs. Throughout the process, our objective is to figure out what inspires the executive most, find the direction that generates the most energy, and distill the leader’s wants down to a definable set of information that can be further refined in later phases.
Phase 2: Explore
During this phase, we will evaluate options for achieving the desired objectives. In a safe setting, we’ll test a variety of different alternatives—without commitment to any particular one—to illuminate the right path. The executive leaves this phase ready to pursue one or two options in earnest. We’ll also identify immediate changes that make the current situation more satisfying and productive.
Phase 3: Transform
Next, the leader takes step-by-step focused action to achieve their goals. This phase may include writing, reflecting, connecting with others, acquiring training, or other activities that support forward movement, tailored to the unique needs of the situation. I’ll hold the coachee accountable and offer coaching and consulting support; we’ll troubleshoot and celebrate wins together. The leader feels encouraged as he or she moves forward in ways that may have not seemed possible before.
Phase 4: Refine
As the executive takes action and gains traction towards objectives, he or she will have access to regular tune-ups during our coaching agreement period to keep things on track. During this phase, we’ll continue discussions to address and adjust course as needs, wants, and circumstances change. I’ll be available to help work through obstacles and solve issues that arise.
Phase 5: Sustain
As you will notice in the graphic above, Sustain is the ring that encircles the other four phases holding all aspects of the coaching cycle together. As the leader gains greater clarity about what he or she wants and works toward goals, life will start to shift. To ensure that the executive gets the continued support needed as new opportunities arise, the coaching agreement can be extended. My clients find that maintaining continuity with coaching support, as they continue to navigate their new path, is instrumental to sustaining their success.