What is Coaching?
The International Coach Federation (“ICF”) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performance to enhance the quality of their lives. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.
One to One Coaching
The Coaching Process consists of the following three phases:
Context: during this stage of the process I will inquire about the current problem, trigger event, challenge or opportunity. Together we will also explore your hopes and discuss any of your concerns. At this point, we will examine your expectations for the coaching process. Here I may utilize various assessments tools such as: brief life history, self-assessment, 360-degree/multisource feedback, interviews with colleagues, personality profile, sample work products, etc. The end result of this first stage is for you to have acquired the ability to focus on your current state.
Content: at this middle stage we will discuss any feedback you may have received and I will encourage you to interpret this feedback. Further, we will explore your options by imagining your desired future and will weigh the costs and benefits of these options. We will reexamine your agenda so that ultimately you will align your goals with your personal values and organizational priorities.
Conduct: finally we will co-develop action strategies. Here we will experiment with the steps needed to obtain your outcome. I will challenge you to take the action needed to obtain your desired outcome, but will also provide you with support to do so. As part of the process here, we will toggle between your big picture plans and the immediate changes you can make to your everyday life. When we conclude our expectation is that you are ready to take action!
For Team Coaching engagements, Premier Leadership Coaching, LLC works with groups in organizations ranging from partner pairs to many individuals. A team is a living system with its own needs, strengths, weaknesses and values. With Team Coaching we focus on organization and relationship systems.
Coaching the team as a whole allows us to impact the entire group. Here we design a three-way alliance between the coach, the client and the organization. We help the team become aware of its strengths and weaknesses and focus on “What is trying to happen.”
We work with the team to develop and maintain structures for recognition, appreciation, and celebration of the team. Here are some benefits of Team Coaching:
- Improved team performance and a focus on results
- A greater sense of trust and respect
- An increase in motivation
- A clear relationship between the team’s daily work and the organization’s mission
- An increase in creative problem solving
- The ability to engage in appropriate debate.