Leadership Coaching and Life Coaching

What is coaching?

Employing a coach- professional or personal – is an investment in yourself.

The analogy of a sports coach is a good one. Just like an effective sports coach, a coach meets you where you are, listens and observes deeply, sees your potential, gives you exercises and practices to help change in areas of challenge, nudges you towards your own discoveries about yourself, and assists you in meeting your goals. The coach also sticks with you when the going gets rough, encourages you, helps you see what you may have trouble seeing, and ultimately celebrates your successes.

A coach is a partner who collaborates with you to get where you want to go, sometimes in areas where you have gotten stuck working on your own or where you simply do not see a clear path in front of you. It is the coach’s job to create a safe and compassionate space together, to offer insights and possibilities, to help you create your own solutions, to help you hold fast to your goals, and to assist you in developing competencies that will allow you to be self-generating in the future.

I am trained as an Integral Coach. The training is based on Integral Philosophy, which among other things, believes that we must take into account everything about the client’s world to be effective in our coaching: heart, mind, soul, and body. Integral Theory draws upon many areas of study and traditions: cognitive science, physiology, western psychology, eastern traditions, philosophy, spirituality, and more. Integral Theory also includes a developmental perspective that believes that adults, too, are always in the process of developing and growing. Where people are developmentally informs our work together.

To read more about Integral Coaching and my training, I suggest the New Ventures West website. http://www.newventureswest.com/

Integral and Innovative Leadership Coaching

I have experience, a special interest and training specifically in Leadership Coaching.

My own professional experience of founding and leading a successful organization has given me insight into the need for on-going leadership coaching and training, in order to develop leaders who can better meet the challenges of our increasingly complex society. I have extensive training in leadership development through Pacific Integral and LIOS (Leadership Institute of Seattle.)

I welcome the opportunity to work individually with leaders or emerging leaders to support them in their personal leadership development. My ideal leadership coaching client is any leader who wishes to develop further skills to be an innovative and more effective leader through increased personal awareness, resilience training, improving emotional IQ, understanding personality type, and navigating the stages of adult development.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me about the specific coaching opportunities I offer to leaders.

What type of topics might be brought to a coaching relationship?

  • Personal and interpersonal awareness, personal development
  • Leadership and personality types
  • Working with various adult developmental stages
  • Team building, improving team climate
  • Changing the culture of a work place
  • Career Changes and transitions
  • Stress management and building resilience
  • Developing self care practices; cultivating positive well being
  • Working towards personal values and reaching goals
  • Leadership Assessments for Individual sand Teams

How is life coaching different from counseling?

The line between coaching and counseling may seem like a fine one. That’s why I have pursued training in both disciplines, and I know that my training in one enriches the other.

However, there are some basic differences.

Coaching focuses primarily on the future. While elements of the past may come up in our discussions, a coach does not typically spend much time looking at past experiences and instead focuses on developing new competencies for the future.

Coaches do not sort out family-of-origin issues, assist healing from previous trauma, or treat serious depression, anxiety, or other debilitating mental health issues. A good mental health therapist or counselor more appropriately deals with these issues. In my case, I am trained to do both.

Coaches are not trained to make a diagnosis about “what is wrong.” They are more typically identifying behaviors and attitudes that are no longer serving the client, and, through practice, are helping the client develop the “emotional muscle” necessary to facilitate positive change. This, of course, can be true of counseling as well.

Integral coaching typically asks quite a bit of the client in the way of “homework.” Integral coaching clients are asked to incorporate new practices, exercises and self-observations into their lives and to practice them on a regular basis.

Most coaching clients commit to a minimum of three months, or even more effectively, six months of coaching, in order to reach their goals.

How does it work?

As a coach, I would meet with you once for 30 minutes on a complimentary basis to see if we are a good match and to give you an overview of what our work might look like together.

Our second meeting would be a longer meeting of approximately 90 minutes. At this meeting, we would work together to identify what exactly you hope to accomplish. I would also ask numerous questions about different domains of your life to get a wider view of how this issue you have brought to the coaching fits into the broader landscape of your life. I will ask questions about your work life, family life and relationships; self care, exercise and eating habits; your values, perspectives and self talk; your spiritual world, and your emotional life.

At our third meeting, I would present you with a coaching plan that I have designed specifically from what I have learned about you. This would include goals, intended outcomes, exercises, and self-observations for you to practice. I might also suggest readings to help facilitate our work together. This plan, which I will invite you to alter or redesign as necessary, will be the blue print for our work together, but is not necessarily static, depending upon your needs. The plan will not only focus on the topic or issue you have brought to coaching, but may also incorporate other areas of your life that relate.

Most coaching clients meet with their coach (either in person or by telephone) approximately once every other week for anywhere from 3 months to 18 months. A typical coaching relationship might last for 6 months. This would give us twelve sessions together, with sufficient time in between for you to incorporate the suggested practices and exercises into your life. I will also communicate with you in between by email, if you so desire. As we move along, I will make new suggestions, encourage your progress, help pinpoint areas that may need more attention, help you problem solve new issues, and help you “live into” the changes you seek.

We will both know our work is done when you feel that the topic you brought to coaching has either been resolved, and/or you feel confident and competent to move forward on your own.

Is Coaching for me?

  • Do I seek a deeper connection to myself?
  • Am I willing to ask myself some difficult questions and sit in true reflection with the answers?
  • Do I have the courage to view myself objectively, with true compassion for myself and without judgment?
  • Do I feel stuck in some area of my life or have I had a significant life change and need a new perspective?
  • Am I ready to change not only what I think, but also how I think?
  • Am I committed to doing the work between sessions, trying self-observations, reflections,  practices, and exercises that are suggested by my coach?
  • Am I willing to be honest with myself and authentic with my coach, about what is working and what isn’t?
  • Am I willing to try things which could be outside my comfort zone?
  • Do I believe my potential is greater than I am allowing myself to be right now?
  • Do I consider the financial commitment to coaching a worthwhile investment in my life?