Inside each of us is a wellspring of knowledge and wisdom that we can access to be more effective in our work and more intentional with the arc of our development. A good coach helps you locate that wellspring and create a commitment to act from the insights you gain there.
Professional coaching is one of the four pillars of my practice. It is directly connected to my work in systems leadership and awareness-based systems change. At the heart of both of these approaches to change lies the ability to access our intuition and our experience in new broader ways. One of the best ways I know to do this is with the support of coach.
The awareness-based coaching approach I take has three elements:
- Building trust: the process of creating an effective and supportive relationship between coach and coachee. This involves both careful agreement about the outcomes you hope for and how we can help as well as creating an ongoing personal connection.
- Building awareness: The central aspect of the coaching journey is to help you build a deeper awareness of the full scope of the challenge or opportunity you are working through. This is a process of working together to expand and deepen your awareness of the complexity and interrelatedness that is operating and where the opportunities are to make effective change.
- Creating commitment: Every coaching session includes identifying the concrete next steps you will take to act on what was learned. This becomes a form of personal accountability that is revisited at the next coaching session.
My coaching practice was deeply influenced by the work of Natalie Rogers. A gifted therapist and artist, her career focused on integrating the person-centered counseling approach of her father Carl Rogers, with creative expression. I spent seven years studying and working with Natalie and learning first-hand the deep approach to uncovering inner answers that Natalie and her father pioneered. My approach was further refined by studying with Saul Eisen, one of the pioneers of organization development and the author of the Self-Empowerment Sequence, a powerful tool for personal problem solving.
I have several guidelines I follow in my coaching practice:
- The first session is exploratory and at the end we make a mutual decision if working together will be helpful.
- I prefer to develop a relationship with you over the course of a minimum of three months and preferably a year.
- Coaching sessions are generally 60 to 75 minutes and conducted by video conference.
- Sessions are scheduled at roughly 4-week intervals to provide continuity.