Here are a few ways that my experience and approach can add value to you in a coaching relationship:
- Processing: It is easy for situations to pass by without us knowing how to make sense of them. As a coach, I can help you process through events to understand details otherwise hidden, making meaning of those details, and take intentional next steps.
- Cognitive processes: Much of my training in coaching incorporates research and models from cognitive psychology. This means that part of working with me will result in increased awareness of mental models and ways of thinking that can help or hinder your day to day life. An example of this is the ladder of inference, which I explore here.
- Resourcefulness: As mentioned elsewhere, one of the goals of coaching is helping you gain resourcefulness. Often my style will be to ask open ended questions to elicit your own reflection and potential approach to a situation. This process is meant to help you come to the most appropriate solution rather than dictating to you from my own perspective.
- Solutions oriented: Coaching is not going to dwell on problems for problems’ sake. One way I add value is that I will help you reframe mindsets and situations to find solutions. This also means that at times the coaching process my push you to identifying solutions. As I have said elsewhere, my role is often to hold up the mirror so you can see things that you may not have noticed.
- Identifying choices: Rooted in the humanistic approach is the fact that we always have a choice. It is not uncommon to look at a situation and see ourselves as helpless when in fact we always have a choice to make. Part of the value I add in coaching is helping you identify what those choices are. I often refer to a simple model called ACE – awareness, choice, execution. In this model we focus on gaining awareness so that you can identify the choices you can make and the providing accountability and an action plan to execute your choice.
- Experiential learning: I am a firm believer in experiential learning. My career as a facilitator and team coach started in facilitating group building initiatives. The core of this process is based on Kolb’s experiential learning cycle of action and reflection. Depending on the goals, we may use interactive exercises to do skill building.
If this approach fits with what you are looking for, take a look at how the coaching process works here. This site has the most comprehensive view of my what it is like to work with me, however, if you would like a shorter downloadable version of my coaching profile, you can find that here.
Stober, D. (2006). Coaching from the Humanistic Perspetive in D.R. Stober & A.M. Grant (Eds.) Evidence Based Coaching: A Handbook (pp. 17-50). Hoboken, NJ: John Wily & Sons