Professional coaching is a relatively new profession.
Not everyone understands who needs it, and the way coaches work varies a lot by the body they are certified by and their specialty areas of focus. I see it as part of my job as a coach to help you understand.
If you'd like to learn more about my individual coaching, my experience as a coach, my methodology, or my specialty areas, fill in the form below and request a no-cost 30 minute introduction conversation.
What is coaching?
Professional coaching is a process of with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. True coaching is socratic. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Coaching work is not a one-way street. It’s only as good as the commitment of the person being coached and their willingness to take risks with themselves in a very private and completely confidential container.
Coaching is not therapy, but it is as confidential as therapy. I never accept a coaching engagement where I am asked to report back confidential details to an organization or supervisor.
This work will ask you to:
- Come in trusting yourself (or be willing to learn to do so)
- Be willing to go deep and look closely at your core motivations + your behavior, and the impact they are having
- Be a commitment to what makes you different and aligned with your personal values
- Look at the future as an opportunity
Who needs a coach?
The type of leadership coaching I do helps when a leader is experiencing ambiguity about the future, unexpected changes, or challenged by issues connected to self-awareness, social awareness, and self-regulation. My clients typically need support to navigate the strategic and personal development steps needed to move through these things, and strategies to help make these steps of growth sustainable and long-lasting.
In most cases, the leader needs to adopt a new way of working and the coach takes on the role of helping guide them through that change and helping them to set up new processes for themselves, their teams, their organizations, and their personal relationships.
I also offer personal coaching to professionals who want to engagement without the support of their organization for development of their interpersonal skills and overall approach to lifetime emotional and physical wellness.
- Are you an emerging leader being asked to do more than your professional experience encompasses?
- Do you feel the stress of not having someone neutral at work to confide in?
- Are you struggling to lead your team in a consistent state of trust and cohesion?
- Do you feel a gap in your understanding of yourself, your understanding of others, or the way the two intersect?
- Do you feel your team is intimidated by you?
- Are you personally feeling the impact of our global crisis, and is it on your mind daily?
- Have you experienced a change in the company’s succession plan for you? Are you prepared for a new road?
- Are you transitioning out of a company and receiving support as part of a severance?
- Has any sort of personal crisis, trauma, illness, or death happened, and are you struggling to return to work?
Typical cycle for coaching:
- Review of the issues the person is experiencing at work and an initial conversation with the person to be coached and theirs leaders or peers for additional insight
- Some form of a behavioral assessment, typically the IEQ9, LCP 360, or a combination, depending on the person's need
- Collaborative process between coach and coachee to set up a development plan to be executed over the course of a 6 - 12 month engagement, with opportunity for renewal as needed
- Meetings once a week or every two weeks (fortnightly) depending on the person's state of need and the pace with which we need to support change
My coaching may be needed for an individual leader, two leaders for mediation, or a whole leadership team. I provide all three types of support. I do my work with teams both in coaching and in organizational design to support increased engagement, increased productivity, decreased isolation, better emotional intelligence, improved management, and consistent leadership across an organization.
Personal coaching comes in when an individual is struggling at work and in personal relationships and wants to engage on their own, setting a course for a change in position, a new industry, or a personal awakening. In most of my personal coaching engagements, we put our focus on deep emotional intelligence combined with spiritual intelligence.