Here I speak to some common questions that potential coaching clients ask.
- First, I provide an overview of my perspective on coaching
- Second, I outline what it’s like to work with me
- Third, I explain some of the ways that I add value
Perspective on Coaching
Coaching has the power to unlock hidden potential. My coaching philosophy is grounded in the tenacious belief that people have the resources and ability to achieve the goals they want and need in their lives. What so easily happens though, is people become stuck. As a coach, I partner with individuals to identify the important areas of growth, create actionable ways forward, and develop the resourcefulness to make impactful change.
The metaphor of a lock is poignant because we may not realize the many places where our own growth and potential are locked up. However it is not the coach who hands you the keys. Because the term “coaching” has become ubiquitous, people use it as a way to validate their desire to give advice or act like an expert. Coaching helps you identify the keys for yourself and how to use them for own your sustainable growth.
My training and approach to coaching draws from cognitive and positive psychology. These are fields of research that turn the focus away from what is wrong with people to what is right. Additionally, they focus on the ways that the mind works that are both helpful and unhelpful.
Working with me
My background as an educator and leadership development professional means that I approach learning from a variety of angles. Coaching is uniquely different from teaching and training in that it is not about what advice I may provide but instead helping you find your own solutions and resourcefulness. These guiding principles outline a snapshot of my coaching style.
- One style does not fit all: I take a multi-faceted approach and do not believe in forcing a client into one model. Instead, I partner with you in determining the appropriate approaches to achieve your goals.
- You are a whole person. Even though we may be working on goals related to the workplace or career interests, we would do exercises that understand fulfillment and balance in all aspects of life.
- Authenticity: I believe that being our authentic selves helps us develop deeper connections to our work and the people in our lives. I try to model this in my coaching, therefore I bring a casual yet honest presence to sessions. I
- Non-judgmental space: In coaching you have the freedom to bring many of the questions and challenges you face in your everyday life. I try to craft a non-judgmental space so that you can explore your issues. This does not mean, though, that feedback will not be challenging or that I will not hold you accountable. It just means that the accountability will be judgement free.
How I add value
Here are a few ways that my experience and approach can add value to you in a coaching relationship:
- Cognitive approach: 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 frameworks 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.
- 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 the experiential learning cycle of action and reflection. Depending on your goals, we may want to use these kinds of interactive exercises.
- Resilience: My research in the Learning and Organizational Change degree at Northwestern University is focused on identifying ways that individuals and leaders can develop resilient capacities to face an increasingly stressful and challenging workplace. I have done work in developing unique training and coaching models that foster resilience.
- Leadership development: My career in leadership development provides me the ability to bring insights from a variety of approaches into my coaching. Specifically, I am grounded in the belief that leadership is neither a position nor a personality, but instead a way of engaging others toward meaningful change.
- Values & strengths approach: In much of the work I do with clients who are trying to gain clarity around career or professional paths, I bring in a values and strengths based approach. Using my background in strengths-based team building and leadership, we work on understanding strengths together as well as clarifying overall passions and values that drive you vocationally. Discovering these then serve as guardrails in determining future jobs and careers.